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CHAPTER 1

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Learning Lessons from Science Fiction

What Is an Interface? 3

Which Science Fiction? 3

What Counts? 5

Why Look to Fiction? 6

The Database 7

Finding Inspiration in Science Fiction 11

Let’s Begin 13

Science fiction and interface design were made for each other. An interface is the primary way a sci-fi audience understands how the characters in stories use nifty, speculative technologies. And interface design (cautiously) loves to see fresh ideas about potential technologies unbound by real-world constraints writ large in the context of exciting stories.

This gives interfaces in the real world an interesting and evolving relationship with ...

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