Science fiction saved my life. Maybe not literally, even though some days it feels like it. But it was something I could count on as a child and adult to help me feel calm and curious about something other than my daily life. Sci-fi continues to provide both an instruction manual for our very possible future (The Martian, anyone?), possibilities to be avoided (lots of dystopia in this category…), and the amazing advancements our races is capable of making (space travel of all kinds!). Some of the best science fiction was and is written by scientists who dabble in worlds beyond ours.
I think all of these reasons are why science fiction is more important than ever now. And why it was and is so influential in my life. As a child, working through some series and scary medical issues, not to mention the social (read, children bullying) backlash of being “different,” the ability to lose myself in Star Wars (movies and novels both), or Star Trek Voyager or Next Generation was pivotal in developing both my love of reading and my love of all things space-related (also fantasy-related, but that’s another post for another time). Possibilities give us, as humans, hope. It seems a sort of fundamental idea, and one a lot more people are giving consideration these days. But it’s not just the possibility of changing something in one’s life, circumstances, or even country. Science fiction reminds us, and me, that there is so much more beyond Earth. Out in the vast nothingness (or is it?) of space.
Many (many) people attribute science fiction with extreme geekiness (possibly even huge dorkiness), but the rising love of science fiction books, movies, and television shows only proves these unknown masses wrong. And, in fact, many of those who do sneer at us nerds are among the first in line to see the latest comic book movie or Star Wars film. (God knows why they sneer, maybe it makes them feel better about their own nerdiness…) We, as humans, are attracted to the possibilities and the promises of other worlds, space travel, aliens, and the unknown beyond our world. Our fascination with the stars knows no limits.
These are all of the reasons why, almost the moment after I opened the store, I started the TNEBS Sci-Fi/Fantasy book group. Because I wanted to meet other people who like to consider the possibilities these books provide. Our next meeting is Sunday, and we’ll be discussing “Heartless” by Marissa Meyer. Stop by to join the discussion, or just to hang out with other nerds like yourself. See you at 2 p.m.!