[SIGCIS-Members] Query: mobile phones and science fiction

Johannah Rodgers johannah.rodgers at gmail.com
Wed Oct 13 18:11:34 PDT 2021

One section of my edited collection "Technology: A Reader for Writers"
(Oxford, 2014) is comprised of readings exploring issues related to the
question "Does Science Fiction Inform Our Technological Reality?"  A list
of the readings in that section can be accessed here:

Kathryn Cramer's "On Science and Science Fiction" (1995) is a must read; a
copy of this essay and Gregory Benford's "Real Science, Imaginary Worlds”
are both available in Cramer's edited collection of hard sf "The Ascent of
Wonder," which you can access here:

All best,


On Wed, Oct 13, 2021 at 3:29 PM Andrew Russell <arussell at arussell.org>

> Hi again SIGCIS - please see below, forwarded with permission via Peggy
> Kidwell -
> *From:* Baker, Alexi <alexi.baker at yale.edu>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, October 13, 2021 2:14 PM
> *To:* rete at maillist.ox.ac.uk <rete at maillist.ox.ac.uk>
> *Subject:* [rete] History of telecommunications / mobile phones
> This is perhaps going a bit far afield in the history of technology, but I
> have a student who is interested in the history of mobile phones with
> respect to science fiction. She is in particular interested in how the
> development of such telecommunications influenced, was represented in, and
> was influenced by science fiction films. Do any of you happen to know of
> historians who have focused on the development of mobile phones and/or on
> the relationship between sci fi and technology in general?
> Many thanks for any suggestions - Alexi
> Dr. Alexi Baker
> Division of the History of Science & Technology
> Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
> Tel. 203-737-3084
> alexi.baker at yale.edu
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