Why I Write Science Fiction: Part 2
Why do I write science fiction? It’s simple: To explore the possibilities of existence. Admittedly, human beings are mere children in the grand scheme of the universe. There is so much we do not understand, so many puzzles surrounding us that we’ve yet to solve. And yet, humans possess great intelligence and should not be discouraged by our ignorance. Instead we can embrace this insatiable desire for knowledge and be curious and persistent in our efforts to comprehend the mysteries.
Our terrestrial world contains numerous secrets we’ve only begun to unlock. Technology we never thought possible even twenty years ago has become a reality. Imagined machines from old sci fi movies are now everywhere. Teleportation and telekinesis may someday be commonplace. As we learn more about the brain and its capabilities, new frontiers will emerge including innovations using neuroenhancement and neuroplasticity. Genetic diseases and brain disorders could be eradicated. We should not close our minds to future possibilities.
Man has always viewed the heavens with awe, and the vast expanse of space holds an endless fascination for me. What is out there? Who is out there? Scientists have estimated that the number of stars within range of our telescopes is ten times greater than all the grains of sand of Earth’s beaches and deserts. And these are just the stars we can see. Many of these stars have planetary systems and odds are these planets support life.*
There are endless places I want to explore through my stories. Hope you’ll join me!
*Andrew Craig, “Astronomers Count the Stars,” BBC News, July 22, 2013, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3085885.stm