What is Science Fiction?
To many people, when they hear the words ‘Science Fiction’, they immediately conjure up visions of Spaceships, Aliens, Martians, Robots, or possibly even U.F.O’s. For the multitudes of people throughout the World, that is very common.
In today’s movie-crazed world, nearly everyone has at least hear of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Aliens from Mars landing on Earth. Through the magic of Special Effects, a wonderful new society now exists where millions of people are exposed to the worlds of space and Time Travel, an incredible variety of potential Alien Lifeforms, and extremely High-Tech Devices that could only be found in books or stories.
However, Science Fiction can take even more forms than those presented by James Kirk, or Luke Skywalker. In a condensed explanation, Science Fiction, as a type of literature or art medium, can be described as any Society, Belief, Technology, or Event that has been combined with Scientific Facts, Ideas or Theories.
In the early 1900’s, writers of the early forms of Sci-Fi wrote about Alternate Societies, and how they chose to interact with each other, Scientific Inventions, and the Unknown.
Over the years, Authors have included various topics into their storylines and built up the topics slowly to allow the reader to accept that the ideas being presented to them seem possible or even real, because there is some basis in common society that the author used as a starting point.
The topics that the Authors write about normally could fall into specific categories, and we call those categories sub-genre here at Sci-Fi Book Review.com.
The important thing to remember is that Science Fiction is a story, with some sort of basis in real life, Scientific, or Mythological Ideas or Facts.
The story uses the Author’s imagination to take the readers along the plot line, immersing them in a world that could exist.
Somewhere, someplace, or some time, where they might be drawn into an Alternate Reality, if only for a short time.