Ess Is sc Ience F Ict Ion a Genre For c ommun Icat In G sc Ient IFIc r esearch? A c ase Study in c limate Prediction By T. N. P a l m e r re there situations where science fiction is an ef- quently described as the finest science fiction story fective genre for communicating—for example, of all time. Nightfall describes a civilization’s first A to key policy- and decision makers—results from encounter with darkness for thousands of years. The contemporary scientific research? Indeed, might sci-fi civilization inhabits the planet Lagash, which orbits sometimes be a more effective genre for communication one of six gravitationally-bound suns. Nightfall oc- than conventional means? I want to discuss this ques- curs during a total eclipse, when only one of the suns tion in the context of anthropogenic climate change. is above the horizon. Lagash’s solar system lies in the Certainly there have been a number of sci-fi sto- centre of a giant cluster of stars, and during the short ries that deal with the climate change problem (e.g., period of darkness, tens of thousands of distant stars by Kim Stanley Robinson and Michael Crichton), shine brightly in the night
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Oct 1, 2010
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