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Fiction is to be understood as a technique for engaging, probing, and knowing reality. In contrast to description and explanation, fiction has a special virtue: its unusual power to originate, to begin, to find new directions, to push forward into reality as well as to enable reality to push back. It operates in all realms of knowledge: in the counterfactuals ventured across the disciplines; in the guesswork and hypotheses that shape experiments in the natural sciences; in the speculative desires and fears of the utopian and dystopian. It can generate norms, as in the “legal fiction” of a “reasonable person,” and pre-scribe change, as in science fiction. When we take into account the earlier, more general, meaning  of “science” as “knowledge,” we can better grasp fiction’s potential for putting pressure on our engagement with reality. It not only forecasts futures; it also remakes the present to make it adequate to them.

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