Adventures in time and space

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Science  30 Oct 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6260, pp. 502-503
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad5282

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From the robots of Isaac Asimov to the vision of cyberspace conjured by William Gibson, science fiction can both inspire scientific advancement and offer readers a glimpse into how today's technologies might fit into the world of tomorrow. Not to mention the fact that the fantastical story lines for which the genre is well known make for awfully fun reading. The prestigious Nebula and Hugo awards recognize outstanding new works in science fiction and fantasy, as nominated and chosen by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and World Science Fiction Society, respectively. Here, we review the most recent winners and finalists for best novel for each of these awards.