Many years ago, a friend declared “we won” after seeing a dragon featured in a Superbowl commercial. “The geeks won,” she elaborated, and explained what had made her say that. Yes, SF won the culture wars. No, organized fandom has not acted the part.
Scottish-Canadian scientist William Leitch was the first to describe rocket space flight, easily predating Goddard and Tsiolkovsky. We’re talking 1861! Then in book form a year later. As the article notes, this even predated the science fiction of Verne that inspired the later pioneers.