Please tell us what the zoological education gave you. What role do you think it played in shaping your worldview?
Reading Darwin and studying the theory of evolution have changed my view of things. I did not understand this theory before. Actually, I grew up in a family that was hostile to the theory of evolution. My parents were religious, and they belonged to a church that supported creationism, at least very literally understood the book of Genesis in the Bible. And this was a kind of revelation – to read Darwin himself. In addition, from there I learned a lot about scientific work, about what hard work it is and how much you Continue reading
Peter Watts about himself: “He spent most of his adult life trying to decide whether to be a writer or a scientist, but eventually became their hybrid. He was awarded several awards in the field of ecophysiology of marine mammals, video documents and science fiction. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Guelf and his doctorate at the University of British Columbia. Spent ten years on training (not weak optimism, right?) And the same amount – trying to work by profession and not become a “litter” for financial groups. The latter turned out to be somewhat more complicated than he thought (ha ha) and, as a result, during the 90s he regularly received money from the “green” – for the protection of marine creatures, from the US fishing industry – for the support of a domestic producer, and from Government of Canada – for loyalty to the grave.
Having come to the conclusion that since his scientific works already include a significant element of fiction, it will be easier to add characters, a plot to them and try to enter a wider market than a handful of subscribers to the Journal of Theoretical Biology. Continue reading
Another representative of the “great” fantastic trends in fiction is Arthur Charles Clark.
An Englishman, in contrast to his American colleagues, who made a huge contribution to both the formation of the modern look of science fiction literature and science.
Its influence on scientific and technological progress is simply colossal, because it was his idea that led to the creation in the second half of the twentieth century of almost all the main communication systems, and the Internet is no exception. He also owns the idea of using satellites for weather forecasting. Continue reading