The aim of this communication is to expound connections between science fiction literature and popularization of science through H. G. Wells’ storytelling, a good example of vulgarization of Science installed in our popular culture. His short fiction stories display strategies of scientific representation, use of jargon, a variety of scientists’ depictions, etc. Reliable scientific information is mixed up with pseudoscientific contents and explanations, extrapolations, and so on. Wellsian literary purposes aimed to think over science social consequences. Wells’ objective was to explore beyond boundaries of his time scientific knowledge, halfway between blind enthusiasm and gloomy portraits of science and technology.

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H.G. Wells’ science fiction and science communication

Mª Dolores González Rodríguez   Universidad de Salamanca

The aim of this communication is to expound connections between science fiction literature and popularization of science through H. G. Wells’ storytelling, a good example of vulgarization of Science installed in our popular culture. His short fiction stories display strategies of scientific representation, use of jargon, a variety of scientists’ depictions, etc. Reliable scientific information is mixed up with pseudoscientific contents and explanations, extrapolations, and so on. Wellsian literary purposes aimed to think over science social consequences. Wells’ objective was to explore beyond boundaries of his time scientific knowledge, halfway between blind enthusiasm and gloomy portraits of science and technology.

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