We know that science inspires fiction – but sometimes it happens the other way around. These audio shorts tell the stories of an astronomer who read an unforgettable tale of twins racing through space, the CRISPR pioneer inspired by a film where gene editing creates ‘perfect’ people, and an evolutionary biologist who scribbled pages of notes after watching The Truman Show. These segments form part of the Nature Podcast. 


This is part of a Nature.com special report on science fiction. See the rest of the report here.