Friday, August 3, 2018

Science Fiction and Conspiracy Theories

Lately, I've been firing up my imagination by watching countless hours of conspiracy theory videos on YouTube. For me, this is a treasure trove of thought-provoking ideas. Ancient Aliens (Anunnaki from Nibiru), Nibiru/Planet X being hidden from us by the shadow government, chem-trails in the sky, UFO's, and aliens already among us are just the tip of the iceberg of theories out there. The science fiction writer in me can't get enough! This makes great research for my alien invasion story, where the MC is a sleeper alien agent. 

But...

There is one thing I've noticed that I want to talk about today. A common theme I've found in conspiracy theorists is pointing to science fiction stories, such as The Matrix, Geostorm, Close Encounters of a Third Kind, and more as proof that the shadow government is trying to get us ready for "something" by using "controlled leaks" to prepare us for what we may see/experience in the future. 

As an aspiring science fiction writer, I find this fascinating. Here I am watching these videos to help inspire ideas for my stories, but could my story someday be used in this same fashion? Could my stories end up being used to help prove someone's theory? 


Circular Motion

When I first started to think about theorists using popular science fiction stories to support their theories it made me think of a circle, or a snake eating his own tail. How could these theorists presume to know how the author came about the idea?

It makes me, as a writer, uneasy to see stories used in a such a way. There is just too much presumption on the authors motive. 

I want my stories to cause people to think and ask the big questions, "Why are we here? What is the truth?" Using science fiction as a means or form to ask these questions in a creative, entertaining way. To think of someone taking my story out of context makes me uneasy. 


Insider Sources


Another explanation for why science fiction stories are used as proof of conspiracy theories is because the author was given some insider information. Perhaps Steven Spielberg pulled from real life when he wrote Close Encounters of a Third Kind by being given the story by insiders. Could this be an example of a controlled leak? 

Within the field of Ufology, a lot of the evidence is witness testimony. The books written in this area usually are not fiction based but more just stories of experiences or collections of research testimony. 

Now, this I can get behind. I've had my own strange experiences and feel like I can use them in two ways. One, write out my experiences to be shared and added to the collection of experiences, or two, use them as inspiration for my fiction stories. 


Inspired Creations 

Another way to look at this though is that the authors are inspired by God, or aliens, dimensional beings, etc, to get these messages out, whether they know it or not. 

This one is harder for me to argue because it's subjective. I'm not sure I can explain how or why I'm drawn to science fiction. I've enjoyed it ever since I was a young girl. When I knew I wanted to be a writer I knew I would be writing science fiction. Does this mean an alien or being has been prompting and pushing me in this direction? Personally, I don't feel so but that doesn't mean other's feel the same. 

This theory, or way of looking at why these science fiction stories are used as examples of what may be really going on makes me uncomfortable as well. As far as I know, I'm not divinely inspired, just passionately curious. Unless an author claims to have gotten the idea/message for their story from someone, it seems best not to assume that they were divinely inspired. 


In the End...

Conspiracy theories are just that, theories. Sadly we live in a world where secrets do exist. Diving in and learning about these theories can be quite scary, but it's caused me to evaluate how I view information. We've all heard of "fake news" and know it exists. 

Question everything. Do your own research and listen to your intuition. 

Do you think authors are inspired by an outer influence to write science fiction? How much credence do you give conspiracy theories? 

Also,  if you have had an experience I would love to hear about it!