Science in Science Fiction.
I’ve always enjoyed reading, learning, and as I got older, developing an interest in mathematics and science. That probably explains why I spend so much time with computers and software programming. Some of the programs I use today I contributed to.
All this probably explains my choice in fiction reading today. I most often read science fiction. This is the genre of fiction that is concerned with the future or with social concerns caused by time or space changes. I enjoy reading about the social conflict or complexity that characters find themselves in because of real or hypothetical challenges they must face. In Alien Buster by Safa Shaqsy, Nathalie is responsible for destroying aliens. She faces moral and personal conflicts when faced with a baby alien. The best science fiction can raise questions about our social and moral choices.
In Indigo Traveler by Merri Halma, a teen confronts the need to save a world. Xander must travel through a wormhole to meet the challenges in this spiritual journey. How people react to new worlds and changes in their surroundings is a wonderful contribution of science fiction writing.
Amber and Alex are teens who must deal with scientific dangers and knowledge that can determine the fate of millions, in Trails 1: Trails Through the Fault Lines by April Brown. Science fiction contributes to entertainment and society when it can take us on journeys to potential new worlds, and confront potential new dangers.
In Rebirth: The Chronicles of the Reverie by Natomi Karkael, Dr. Klov and his assistants must use the science they know to solve a catastrophic problem. Their home is running out of energy.. The best stories ask what if questions. What will people do? How will people find ways to accomplish their goals? What happens when everything goes wrong?
Kristy Cooper, in The Departed: Book 1 of The Departed Series, asks what would Gwen and her fellow teens do if suddenly thousands of people mysteriously disappeared. How would she and her friends uncover the truth, and who would believe her? Science fiction is the perfect tool for writers and readers to share stories about how people face challenges, and how humans might react to unexpected mysteries.
I like to imagine alternate futures. In my novel, Asante’s Gullah Journey, I project a future where modern technology has been lost, and the Black folks in the Carolina’s depend on the libraries and farming and swords and bows to maintain a world they can live in. Science fiction allows us to visualize possible worlds and flesh them out with people and technology that confront conflict, danger, and the need to react and change.
I invite you to come with me and other writers and creators on a journey into alternative futures, presents, and pasts. We can experiment and experience new things together.
Indigo Traveler by Merri Halma
Rebirth: The Chronicles of the Reverie Volume 1 Book 1 by Natomi Karkael
Trails 1: Trails Through the Fault Lines by April D Brown
Alien Busters: Alien Hunting (Alien Busters Part One) by Safa Shaqsy
The Departed by Kristy Cooper
Asante’s Gullah Journey by S. A. Gibson