Explainer: Inspirations — from Tom Swift to tomatoes

Childhood interests may lead to a career imagining how the future could play out

By Kellyn Betts, 16:25 PM December 26, 2013

Brian David Johnson began writing science fiction when he was in fifth grade. That is also when he started taking college classes in computer programming. In middle school, Glen Hiemstra and Lester Brown each spent more time thinking about the future than most kids their age. All three took inspiration from what they saw and dreamed about.

A fictional hero named Tom Swift inspired Hiemstra. In books and movies, Swift created amazing inventions. These included a beam that could repel anything, ...

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