The Importance of Science Fiction

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not. 

— Isaac Asimov

If you aren’t aware, today is National Science Fiction day, celebrated on science fiction writer Isaac Asimov’s birthday.

There’s so much to science fiction that challenges our views of the world. It allows us to imagine a future, to understand the present, and to see how the world can change. Sci fi makes us ask questions about politics, sociology, technology, and philosophy.

Science fiction gives us a chance to imagine technology with both its benefits and its pitfalls. We can think about the ways our world can develop or imagine alternate timelines. Sci fi can also inspire future advances in STEM fields we never thought possible.

Not only can it inspire scientists, engineers, and thinkers, it can inspire a future of scientists, engineers, and thinkers. Sci fi injects creativity and forward thinking with science and technical advancements. What better mind to take advantage of than a budding child with grand ideas? Sure, some of them might be a little out of reach, but one day they could be reality.

Science fiction changes how we view the world. It changes what we see as an impossibility into a possible someday. It adds elements of imagination with societal and scientific changes to create a world that might not be far from reality one day.

The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. 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. That’s the method: restructure the world we live in in some way, then see what happens.

 — Frederik Pohl

Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible. 

— Ray Bradbury

Science fiction isn’t just thinking about the world out there. It’s also thinking about how that world might be. 

— Samuel R. Delaney

Go forth and imagine, science fiction writers and dreamers. Think up a future, a new trajectory, and a new life. 

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