...they make more scientific sense than Star Trek or Star Wars...
As far as social commentary, that's even more true in his many other works. I think he probably thought of himself as a writer of social and political commentary first, rather than of futuristic science. In reality, only The Sleeper Awakes, Things to Come and The Time Machine actually reference the future itself. The other books deal with mainstream science as it was known at the time. Star Trek's speculative technobabble very quickly gets dated. Star Wars is just a fantasy in set in space....The social commentary you find...
I mentioned the following in a similar thread you participated in as well;I have to agree. Once we accept the fact that his premises aren't going to be entirely scientifically accurate after so much time, they are still very well written, and create a true sense of wonder. The social commentary you find in, say, The Time Machine or The Island of Doctor Moreau certainly isn't out of date.
mmmm, CO2 lasers...probably not . Lasers need two mirrors. And he doesn't really get to the real essence of Laser - stimulated emission - in his description. Also I'm pretty sure they would not have known about the atmosphere of Mars at the time.I mentioned the following in a similar thread you participated in as well;
H.G. Wells often has folks debating for fun if he actually made a 'time machine.' Some of his work (written in the 1890's) speaks of future events, wars, weapons and so on that hint at things quite similar. What someone pointed out to me I always found fascinating was in 'War of the Worlds ~ 1897,' Wells describes one of the Martian's primary weapons like this:
"...in some way they are able to generate an intense heat in a chamber of practically absolute non-conductivity. This intense heat they project in a parallel beam against any object they choose, by means of a polished parabolic mirror of unknown composition, much as the parabolic mirror of a lighthouse projects a beam of light... it is certain that a beam of heat is the essence of the matter. Heat, and invisible, instead of visible, light. Whatever is combustible flashes into flame at its touch, lead runs like water, it softens iron, cracks and melts glass, and when it falls upon water, incontinently that explodes into steam."
The atmosphere of Mars is 95.3% carbon-dioxide.
What he is describing is a CO2 laser. Coincidence?
Past that, I'm both constantly amazed and not. The generation before mine dreamed of things we have today (PC's, internet, VCR's, CD's, cell phones, GPS, etc.). However, I also realize from those fantasies of 'what if' by the older generation, subsequent generations take those ideas and say 'why not?' Then make it happen... That's really the amazing part. What if ideas everyone has. It's staggering what people accomplish to make dreams realities. That's constantly amazing to me. Not, in that I expect it.
No doubt you would know better... and the historical comparisons will have me learning a lot today as I look them up.mmmm, CO2 lasers...probably not . Lasers need two mirrors. And he doesn't really get to the real essence of Laser - stimulated emission - in his description. Also I'm pretty sure they would not have known about the atmosphere of Mars at the time... truncated by K2