Monday, February 7, 2011

Why Science Fiction?

It might be asked why I choose to read and write science fiction. After all, I enjoy other genres. But all of my life, I have found I most enjoy science fiction. This is the case whether it is a book, movie, or television show.

My interest in science fiction stems from the amazing possibilities that are before us. When I watch the Enterprise on Star Trek flying through space, a lightsaber being wielded in Star Wars, or a DeLorean time traveling once hitting a speed of 88 m.p.h., I imagine what it would be like to experience those things. It’s the idea of those possibilities being a reality that makes science fiction so much fun!

Think about it. Today we do many things that people twenty years ago would have considered science fiction. Talking via video chat is a great example. We are experiencing what the creators of The Jetsons envisioned. And this isn’t just done within the confines of our home. We are able to do this on the go, while using our phones.

So when I write or when I am entertained by science fiction, it is not only fantastic, out of this world stories that intrigue me, but also ideas in that story that may one day be a reality. These ideas allow for a lot of creativity in new concepts and storytelling that you cannot get in a real world setting.

The great thing is that science fiction can be bold and in your face with its ideas, or more subtle. A great example of subtlety is the television series Lost. That show started as some people trapped on an island, with some mystery monster roaming it. By the time the series ended, who would have thought there would be so many science fiction ideas in there, not to mention a few from the fantasy genre.

Science fiction is fun and I will never stop enjoying it. The possibilities of stories that can be told in this genre are endless and only limited by the imagination of the writers telling them. When it comes to science fiction, the future certainly is bright!