It has been a long time since I last posted on this blog, something which makes me ashamed. I have been going through a myriad of issues and have been thinking of trying different venues such as youtube, podcast or even streaming through twitch. However I now realize that my true passion and my forte lies in the written word. When I write I feel like I am able to express myself better than in any other form. As such to celebrate my return to blogging, I am writing a special entry on why I love reading science fiction so much.
Over the past few months I have been constantly reading science fiction and whilst I still prefer fantasy (fantasy will always be my favourite genre), science fiction is a genre that I love. From reading Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke, to the wonderful Ursula K. Le Guin to the more modern authors N.K. Jemisin or Cixin Liu, I have always loved reading the stories these authors’ craft. Science fiction is a genre of speculative fiction, typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as futuristic science and technology, space travel, time travel, faster than light travel, parallel universes, and extraterrestrial life. Science fiction often explores the potential consequences of scientific and other innovations and this is perhaps the aspect that I have always been attracted to the most.
Science fiction allows us to explore universal issues, themes through a futuristic setting and allows us to question everything. Through science fiction we question what defines humanity, what are the consequences of technology and give an insight into what could be the future of humanity. All of this issues are presented through a futuristic lens, a world or universe that in many ways is very different to ours but at the same time remains fundamentally identical at its core.
Science fiction also fulfils another role in my life, and that is to approach me to the scientific world. The best kind of science fiction uses real life science at its core, with some liberties. As someone who has always been fascinated by astrophysics, by physics in general, but has no capacity whatsoever for Math, reading science fiction serves as an outlet for this desire, as a way to vicariously through the story and characters be a part of that scientific world.
Perhaps most importantly science fiction allows me to disappear from this world for a couple of hours and go into a place where spaceships are a reality, where humanity is able to visit different planets and where my issues fade away as I ponder other questions that whilst at the surface might not seem relevant to everyday life actually allow you to reflect on deep issues that are a basis for what makes one human and his ideals.
Science Fiction is a loyal, close friend with whom I will continue to have amazing adventures in the future and one that always rewards my love for reading. If you have not been reading science fiction books, I urge to go to your local bookstore and pick one, you will not regret it.
I hope you have enjoyed this and keep checking the website because pretty soon I will upload a review of the hilarious book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”.