Imagine a time much simpler, a time of quiet moments and peaceful feelings… are you seeing it yet? Now imagine if you will a time before the Tandy Model I, PC-Dos and a time even before Star Trek. Now take a deep breath and remember how dull that really was :-) So what are we getting at here?
Science Fiction and Fantasy has given the life and spirit of our imagination fuel for thought during our entire life. An imagination that is never used simply withers away but an active, well-charged imagination is where our power to have ideas and solve problems comes from. Certainly knowledge is important to ideas but without an imagination we could never think of a new way to do anything or a way to do something that hasn’t been done before. So the blending of a little knowledge and a lot of imagination has given us computers, smart phones (some flip open, wonder where that came from?) our beloved GPS and the many gadgets, gizmos and thingies that we enjoy so much.
Some of the smartest people ever to live were day-dreamers, off somewhere in a fog… but when they had something to say… the world listened. Never underestimate the power of imagination. Imagination can inspire people to do the most incredible things. Think of the power of imagination used to make the world a better place… and then imagine that. - Frank Matlock
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Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with the impact of imagined innovations in science or technology, often in a futuristic setting. It differs from fantasy in that, within the context of the story, its imaginary elements are largely possible within scientifically established or scientifically postulated laws of nature (though some elements in a story might still be pure imaginative speculation). Exploring the consequences of such differences is the traditional purpose of science fiction, making it a "literature of ideas". Science fiction is largely based on writing rationally about alternative possibilities. The settings for science fiction are often contrary to known reality, but the majority of science fiction relies on a considerable degree of suspension of disbelief provided by potential scientific explanations to various fictional elements.
These may include:
- A setting in the future, in alternative timelines, or in an historical past that contradicts known facts of history or the archaeological record
- A setting in outer space, on other worlds, or involving aliens
- Stories that involve technology or scientific principles that contradict known laws of nature
- Stories that involve discovery or application of new scientific principles, such as time travel or psionics, or new technology, such as nanotechnology, faster-than-light travel or robots, or of new and different political or social systems (e.g., a dystopia, or a situation where organized society has collapsed)