It is only science fiction until it becomes science fact.
Funny thing, my uncle came up with an idea similar in nature and everybody thought he was off his rocker! He wanted my dad (electrical engineer and copy repairman) to help him to "mass produce plastic parts using a copy machine." If we only knew...
Prescribed Fire is Mother Nature's plastic surgeon.
__________________ 1776: "Then it's agreed, gentlemen, in order to secure our rights as a free people, we will risk embarrassment, imprisonment, expropriation, bankruptcy, bodily harm, exile and hanging."
2010: "Of course I'll waive my rights. I don't want to miss my connecting flight."