Frederik Pohl — American Writer born on November 26, 1919,

Frederik George Pohl, Jr. was an American science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career spanning more than seventy-five years—from his first published work, the 1937 poem "Elegy to a Dead Satellite: Luna", to the 2011 novel All the Lives He Led and articles and essays published in 2012... (wikipedia)

My first thought was always a cigarette. It still is, but I haven't cheated.
That's the method: restructure the world we live in in some way, then see what happens.
You look at the world around you, and you take it apart into all its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens.
Stephen Hawking said he spent most of his first couple of years at Cambridge reading science fiction (and I believe that, because his grades weren't all that great).
The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction.

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