Theatres screen post-apocalyptic mayhem in the Maze Runner and Future World, and it makes us wonder if science can’t save us in real life. “Science fiction started out aspirational,” says Alyx Dellamonica, Toronto-based author of the eco-fantasy Hidden Sea Tales trilogy. Mainstream movies do play a part in the real-world reputation of science and human innovation. We’d love to see more stories where science is the hero and humankind isn’t doomed. A lot of us get our information – and inspiration – about science and tech from TV, books and movies. We still need that belief in science and in human innovation, now more than ever. We want politicians to campaign on promises of science funding and follow through because their constituents care.

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