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Many attempts have been made to define the Science Fiction genre. Hugo Gernsback, inventor, writer, editor, and publisher of the first science fiction magazine, was one of the first to use the term. In "A New Sort of Magazine", Amazing Stories, Vol. 1 (April 1926) he attempted to clarify: "By 'scientifiction' I mean the Jules Verne, H. G. Wells and Edgar Allan Poe type of story—a charming romance intermingled with scientific fact and prophetic vision."
Rod Serling, an American writer and television producer perhaps best known for his TV series, The Twilight Zone, summed up his understanding of the term, stating that ‘fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science Fiction is the improbable made possible’.
Most people’s understanding of the genre today will usually be heavily influenced by the major hollywood blockbusters of the latter half of the twentieth century, American Comic books of the 1950s or the literature of the Victorian era, but these are all in turn often influenced by earlier literary, political and scientific works.
Science Fiction authors frequently borrow ideas from other works within the genre. Isaac Asimov’s ‘Three Laws of Robotics’ which he introduced in his 1942 short story "Runaround" are a prime example. His ‘Three Laws’ heavily influenced the idea that robots could be more than ‘mechanical monsters’, an idea that had been prevalent in many earlier examples of robots within the genre. His laws have been referred to, adopted and added to througout film and literature ever since.
Works of Science Fiction continue to gain popularity as real world technology continues to advance faster than ever before. Whilst drawing on current scientific developments and ideas, the genre has also influenced real Science: CCTV, cloning, mobile phones and tablets all appeared in Science Fiction long before they became accepted scientific reality.