I may have posted on this subject a little while back, but the topic just came up on the email list for the Nashville Scholars of the Three Pipe Problem, so I thought it might bear repeating.
Fans of Sherlock Holmes and science fiction may find this article by Dr. Amy H. Sturgis interesting: Sherlock Holmes and Science Fiction. Dr. Sturgis makes the excellent point that detective fiction and science fiction both share common ancestors (Edgar Allan Poe, for example), and that they both grew out of the rationalist movement in the 19th century. Both sci-fi and detective fiction generally hold the viewpoint that rational inquiry gets tangible results.
I find it interesting that, on both sides of the Atlantic in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, authors such as Doyle and Edgar Rice Burroughs were creating such popular characters as Tarzan and Sherlock Holmes, a couple of the most recognized fictional characters in literary history. I have had a couple wonderful conversations about Doyle and Burroughs at the two meetings of the Nashville Scholars that I have attended.
I would love to hear feedback on the Sturgis article linked above. I had the great fortune to take an online class on dystopian fiction with Dr. Sturgis a couple years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. She is a great fan of Holmes, Tolkien, and many other authors who have long been favorites of mine.
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN, and a longtime fan of Mr. Sherlock Holmes.