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He can say, for example, that faster-than-light travel is possible; or that a time machine has been invented; or that men can read each other's minds.
What comes after that may not be a lie, however; it must follow naturally and inevitably from that first premise.
In his non-fiction futurologist works he predicted the advent of airplanes, military tanks, space travel, nuclear weapons, satellite television and something resembling the world wide web. "Doc" Smith’s first published work, The Skylark of Space written in collaboration with Lee Hawkins Garby, appeared in Amazing Stories. The 1928 publication of Philip Francis Nowlan's original Buck Rogers story, Armageddon 2419, in Amazing Stories was a landmark event.
In 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs published A Princess of Mars, the first of his three-decade-long series of Barsoom novels, situated on Mars and featuring John Carter as the hero. This story led to comic strips featuring Buck Rogers (1929), Brick Bradford (1933), and Flash Gordon (1934).
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Brian Aldiss has argued that Frankenstein was the first work of science fiction.
In the late 19th century, the term "scientific romance" was used in Britain to describe much of this fiction.
Science fiction often explores the potential consequences of scientific and other innovations, and has been called a "literature of ideas".
It usually avoids the supernatural, unlike the related genre of fantasy.
Historically, science-fiction stories have had a grounding in actual science, but now this is only expected of hard science fiction.