We like to keep things separate. We like to separate church and state, fantasy and reality, the left brain and the right. But Science Fiction is a special case. It’s one of the rare places where we allow two seemingly different subjects to mingle: science and art.
We live in a society where science is becoming increasingly important. We know about atoms. We talk about our genes. We worry about germs and energy and the environment. These are parts of our everyday world where, only a century ago, they were strange, alien concepts only an educated minority understood.
It’s only a matter of time before we add things like space travel or artificial intelligence to that list of everyday experiences. There’s increasing evidence of bacterial life on Mars, and scientists are starting to suspect life may exist on some of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. We may soon learn that we are not alone in the Solar System, and that will cause a huge change in the way we think about ourselves.
Science Fiction has turned scientific language into a form of artistic expression. It gives voice to our hopes and fears for tomorrow. This is only natural given how much science has penetrated our daily lives. Art is, after all, a reflection of the culture we live in.
Ultimately, that is what this blog is about: science and art blending together. The line that separates them is slowly disappearing, and in the future what we call Science Fiction won’t be Science Fiction anymore; it will just be fiction.