Science fiction is typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as advanced science and technology, spaceflight, time travel, and extraterrestrial life. Science fiction often explores the potential consequences of scientific and other innovations, and called a “literature of ideas.”
Stimulates interest in technology and possibility
The truth is that a lot of our technology no actually predicted by science fiction! Autonomous cars, artificial intelligence, personalized tablets, those all made an appearance in the genre before they hit the market! Honestly, watching Back to the Future now is a trip, although I am still waiting for my flying car!
Challenges preconceived notions and assumptions about the world
Science fiction takes a mirror to society. The entertainment allows people to explore different perspectives without the polarizing lens of political affiliations.
Example, know how history is always write by the victor? the connection on what that actually means for society today until by read Talal Asad for an undergraduate course. The theme is bring to life in Battlestar Galactica in season four, for example. This constantly challenges what I consider to be political programming and the othering of another group of people. While may not agree with decisions and actions, take the time to see things from every perspective and see things from the other side.
Even though the themes and societies often mirror reality, it is so different from the world we currently live in that you just get sucked in and can escape the world. The reader can completely enjoy the story without having a background in philosopical theory.
Living in an interconnected world where news travels instantly around the world. It is human nature to become desensitized to everything going on around the world. Now more than ever feel like science fiction is important in starting the discussion without politics. The United Nations Department of Public Information has sought “to find innovative ways to raise awareness on priority issues for all of us,” and they recognize that “the entertainment industry has a powerful voice to reach a wide audience. These questions of humanity and survival are important for us as a society to evaluate so that we can change the path that we are on. History is always repeat itself, and perhaps what we need as a society is the harsh look of our future to change.
Purpose of Science Fiction Stories
Science fiction, perhaps more than any other modern genre of fiction, is often written with a social purpose or a goal. . In hindsight, it’s easy to pick out the novels and stories of the last century with elements that came true, but these works are few and far between compared to the plethora of “predictions” that fizzled. Reading science fiction enables to reflect on the ways people interact with each other, with technology, with our environment. The collective and individual decisions make daily the careers choose, the ideas propagate, the ways we educate each other lead us into the future. From the epic space sagas of Arthur C. Clarke to the twisted dystopian nightmares of Philip K. Dick.