Why Science Fiction

Why do I find myself writing science fiction? Perhaps it is because I have read hundreds, if not thousands of books in this genre. Also I find it an important playground of ideas. While you can theorize certain ideas in regular fiction, you are limited in what you can play with. Even in a near future, you can place new factors that you would not be able to do with a modern setting. You can ask important questions about how people might use technology, and what the world might look like. Given longer lives, or given greater tools, what might mankind do? In fantasy the question asked is, what might one person do, and that is important. However that is still examined in science fiction, but to me it seems you get a greater scope when you include everyone. Sure you can build a world where many have magical powers, and use it to shape that world, but that is not something that would happen in reality. Science fiction builds a world based upon today, but pushes us forward into a realm of speculative futures. These ideas may happen, and can even shape the way we deal with the technology of today. The greatest inventions of today may just be the playthings of those of tomorrow. Imagine the hand-held games of the past. We built upon those, and now have immensely powerful machines that allow us to communicate over vast distances, away from any physical connection. Many of us now have access to humanities vast knowledge built up over the centuries in the palms of our hands. We can with very little effort learn about anything. Type a few words, or even speak to our phones, and have the answer you requested answered. This allows more freedom than you can possibly imagine. Why go to a professional when you can easily learn how to do it yourself? Of course time is a factor, and you may have none. So they still come in handy when you are unable to do things yourself. But we are given the ability to do so now. We can also travel around the world from home. At least we can see places, and have virtual walks down roads of many countries we cannot afford to travel to now. Perhaps in the future we will be able to do so with greater abilities, and be able to hold conversations with those around us on those virtual streets. One may not even need to leave the home to have a vacation, and experience the scents of some far off land. And that is what science fiction does. It gives us the ability to imagine the future. As we want it, or as we fear it might be. We writers show a world that might be, and allow the readers to think on these ideas. The reader then can decide to fight for, or against such things happening. Like our dreams and our worries let us try to predict the future so we might be prepared. The science fiction author blazes the trail for those that read, and can help make the world a better place.

Update – 10 pages read. I enjoy very much what I’ve written, and little today had to be changed.

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