Friday, May 3, 2019

The Future of Science Fiction


One of the things I love most about science fiction is that when I think of it I get a sense of endless possibilities. These possibilities become a playground for my mind and before I know it, a story idea pops out. 

I've been seeing some things out on the internet lately that pose the question, is science fiction still a thing? Technology today is growing fast and things that were once deemed only possible in the realm of science fiction are now a reality. Flying cars are here. Quantum computing is the next thing to revolutionalize our world. With so much happening right now, what does this mean for the future of science fiction stories? 

I feel like I'm starting to see the switch from Earth sci-fi based stories to ones that take humans into space in a practical way, like The Expanse. I think stories like this are taking science fiction into a new direction. Taking into account where we are today and applying that to the future can help a writer imagine what a realistic future may look like. 

If you write science fiction, odds are you daydream about what the future is going to look like. Will we leave Earth and colonize Mars due to destroying our planet? Will war tear us apart? Will technology bring us together? I don't think science fiction is going anywhere. There will always be a "what if?" we as humans desire to answer. 

With so much going on though, as a writer, it can all start to feel like noise in my head. I do my best to obtain information from different sources, learn about what other countries are doing and not just the US. Our world is more connected than ever before. 

What are your thoughts on the future of science fiction?