If You Want to Know the Future, Ask A Sci Fi Author
Sci Fi writers are in an enviable position in our century. With our expository writings, publishing that has moved beyond the printed page, and an extensive scientific resource at our fingertips, we have helped blur the lines between science and fiction.
Consider for a moment what a bionic leaf could do for our planet. A true artificial photosynthesis that can create fuel with 10% efficiency. An “artificial leaf” that can turn water into fuel. Design the leaf so it is beautiful to look at. Then design that creation into a system that supports both humanity and the artificial leaf. Where would you take this idea, what would you have your characters do?
Would you populate our deserts with artificial leaves? Build tourist oases in the Sahara with the technology? Or support our Earth on a more individual basis and build a ‘photosyn’ unit for all manner of homes across the earth. A ‘photosyn’ unit could support space exploration, and help develop barren planets. We would lose our dependence on fossil fuels. The Earth could heal or develop new, startling problems in connection with too much fuel. Your fiction could yield clues for the scientists on how an overpopulated planet might deal with any issues that might arise.
Other possibilities, a true hero who saves the earth from devastation with a bionic leaf. A segregation story where only the wealthy can afford a ‘photosyn’? Or would you create a post-apocolyptic story where the ‘photosyn’ has destroyed the earth. A story where the bionic leaf creates too much good (pick your poison here).
All you did was evolve an idea from a real science article. Your passion, and world wide connectivity, in developed and still developing areas can influence the world with a simple story evolved from a real advance in science.