Infographic: What are the top weapons in science fiction?

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Science fiction is by far one of the most popular genre’s of entertainment on the planet. Science fiction extends from books and movies to TV and comic books. Science fiction in the arts is widely believed to have begun around 1620 with Johannes Kepler’s novel, Somnium.

There are probably a ton of opinions on the matter of when the genre of science fiction started but Jon Guttman gives a decent explanation of why Somnium fits the bill of being the first.

There has been considerable debate as to what fiction emerged from myth into the realm of scientific possibility. Johannes Kepler’s Somnium (1620-1630) may fit, since it describes a trip to the moon and the earth’s movement seen from that perspective.

One might make a case for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels of 1728 as an example of science fantasy used as a vehicle for social satire á la H.G. Wells. But the philosophical and the scientifically possible—as well as thrills and chills—get a convincing combination in Mary W. Shelley’s 1818 classic Frankenstein, to which she added The Last Man in 1826, dealing with a plague-driven world apocalypse (paging Vincent Price…or Will Smith?).

Jon Guttman Research Director World History Group

As the world of sci-fi has grown, so has its weaponry. The weaponry in sci-fi is usually far more powerful than anything we currently (that we know of) have in the real world. The following infographic provided by Sci-Fi Weapons shows the most powerful and top weapons in science fiction. The list below shows the weapons energy of devastation in joules. Check it out and see if you agree with this list of top sci-fi weapons.

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Last Updated on February 3, 2021.


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