Use this tag for questions about the influences of works of SF & Fantasy. Use [inspiration] for questions about what the inspirations for (ideas in) works of SF & Fantasy were.

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Was there any real-world inspiration for the DS9 episodes “Homefront” and “Paradise Lost”?

In Star Trek, I've come to notice that several in-universe events mimic events that were going on in the real world at the time of writing (the Klingon/Federation war in TOS mirrors the Cold War, the ...
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Was Heart of Gold designed after Aries 1B or USS Discovery?

In the 2005 version of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Heart of Gold appears thus: In Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, there are two ships with similarly round designs and thin ...
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Did Jack London influence “We”?

Summary: Did Jack London's dystopian novel, The Iron Heel, published in 1908, influence Zamyatin's We? Yevgeny Zamyatin's novel, We, completed in 1921 and published in English in 1924, is one of the ...
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Did “The World Set Free” inspire the creation of nuclear weapons?

I recently discovered that the term "atomic bomb" was from the H. G. Wells novel The World Set Free. Although not the intention of the novel, did it inadvertently inspire the creation of such ...
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Which, originally non-English, work has the widest reception in English SF? [closed]

I'm trying to understand how big the influence of translated SF is in the English speaking world. Part of the question is which is the single most influential work from outside. So, which story, ...
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How has the social impact of the scifi classic Star Wars affected real world technology? [closed]

A lot of us have probably heard about people that Star Trek inspired to get into high tech jobs, and even (pre?)invent some of the devices(like communicators) depicted on the TV series. Is there an ...