LIVERPOOL, England, April 5 (UPI) -- Science fiction aficionados can soon research their burning questions online once a University of Liverpool launches a major sci-fi Web site next week.
The Science Fiction Hub will go online Tuesday, and mainly be used as a resource for independent research, providing access to more than 20,000 journal articles. It is expected to rival science fiction's other major center, Riverside, at the University of California, The Guardian reported.
Hub Manager Roy McCready said the site will draw together such sciences as philosophy and physics.
"It is little known that science fiction has inspired many scientists in the development of technology," McCready said. "Arthur C. Clarke, for instance, wrote about satellite communications in the mid-20th century -- way before its eventual realization."
Attending the launch will be award-winning writers Brian Aldiss, best known for his "Helliconia Trilogy," and Stephen Baxter, author of "The Time Ships and Voyage."