Science Fiction – fiction based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, frequently portraying space or time travel and life on other planets.
I enjoy sci-fi, I really do. However, I’ve always gravitated towards fantasy more than science fiction. Fact, I do not have a scientific mind therefore it takes a while longer for me to understand the vocabulary and the science that’s explored in these world. I find it a lot easier to lose myself in a fantasy book. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy sci-fi. On the contrary, I think sci-fi is one of the most fascinating genres as it opens your mind to the wonders of the world and its potential, for better or worse. There are many reasons why I should read more sci-fi but these are chosen few I’ve decided to highlight.
As mentioned I do not have a scientific mind. In school, I did my required work and passed. That’s about as far as my interest in science went. However, through reading science fiction titles I’ve allowed myself to further open my mind to the wonders of the scientific world. Most of the time I don’t even realise how much I’m learning as I read. Admittedly the books that delve into space and time appeal to me more than the nitty gritty technological ones. There’s an excitement that comes with exploring these ideas though. There’s something amazing knowing that these ideas have the possibility to become a reality.
I am constantly amazed by the scope of the universe in sci-fi. They have no limits to what they can explore. More than that, the intricacy and detail that goes into establishing these worlds and the technology within them is incredible. From time travel, to colonizing new planets and everything in between; there’s no telling what kind amazing wonders we can discover in sci-fi. Science fiction also shines a light on the brilliance of humanity. However, it also raises the question of our roles in society. Humanity may very well be the creators of these new advances but it also poses the question about our existence within the world. Can technology exist without humanity? Can humanity exist without technology? These limitless possibilities also creates an opportunity to question our own existence. One thing that is for certain is that imagination is the key to bringing these ideas to life.
With sci-fi you get to explore the infinite ways in which we can expand civilization. In these books we can see the wonders of our imagination and how humanity can utilize technology as a means to enrich our lives. However, humanity can be demanding and with that desire for more we explore the ways these discoveries can give rise to greed, corruption and destruction. It makes you really think about the way we use science to fulfill our own desires and the dire sacrifices made to ensure their success. It can be quite scary to see these manifestations of greed reflected in our every day lives. Sci-fi books brings these dangers into the forefront and explore the consequences of our choices. Whether it be the destruction of our natural world or the corruption of our humanity, science fiction shines a terrifying spotlight on a future that could become a reality.
Recommended Sci-Fi books.
The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Unconventional narrative technique. Non-stop action. Wonderful characters.
Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Space travel. Discovering new entities. Swoony romances.
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Technology reliant society vs tribal society. Integration of societies. Hate to love romance. Endearing bromance.