Musings: Science Fiction

Drinking: Pomegranate Raspberry Green Tea, Stash

I fell into SciFi by way of Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, and Madeline L’Engle. As with Epic Fantasy, science fiction allows you to get caught up in a different world. That world, however, looks quite a bit like the world we live in now, but with more and different technology that makes lives easier – at least on the surface.

It is from science fiction that my obsession with time travel was kindled.  I believe it was Bradbury’s story “A Sound of Thunder” that gave me my first taste to the complexities of time travel.  To this day, I gravitate towards time-travel stories – especially speculative historical fiction that involves modern-day travelers attempting to change history.  The best example is Jack Finney’s Time and Again. 

The other great advantage of science fiction is that you can visit other worlds – like Mars – or even other galaxies from the comfort of your own home.  I’m ashamed to say, however, that I’ve missed out on a few classics that I’ve only recently realized are classics for this very reason.  Ender’s Game is enthralling, yet I didn’t read it until earlier this year.  Although I’ve read some of Asimov’s work, I have yet to read the Foundation trilogy.

The one weakness that some science fiction stories and novels can have is an over emphasis on scientific accuracy.  While it can be interesting, frequently an author that focuses on such minute details loses the plot, action, and character development.

What is your favorite science fiction book or story?

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