Science or Fiction?
And, I can’t think of anything. Weird, I know, given how much I blab. It’s kind of annoying, especially because I’ve promised y’all that I’m going to keep up with the blog this time around.
So, I figured I’d write about something that’s been a popular topic on my ever so lovely BookRix.com. (Yes, I have already written about this before. I fully intend to beat a dead horse.) Science fiction. Yes, science fiction. No, not necessarily Star Trek or Star Wars, although those are classic. Science fiction is so broad! And, in our talks, I remembered one of the biggest sources of inspiration: reality. So tell me, which of the following is real.
3D holographic maps
A space elevator that goes from Earth to space
A space ship that uses sails instead of engines
A city on wheels
Artificial “leaves” that can make energy and oxygen without plants.
If you guessed any of those, you’re right. They’re all real. Can you imagine? (All those scientific wonders were found at popsci.com, the best place to glean ideas.) I mean, honestly, a post-apocalyptic Earth devoid of plant life but surviving off artificial photosynthesis. A city on railway tracks, hovering just above the surface of a water or marsh planet. A “Treasure Planet”-esque space ship that sails through space. A space elevator that can take tourists out of this world! And the 3D holographic wonders… Lord, the ideas are endless!
And the best discovery of all? Calypso could very well exist! Ok, so Calypso really is made up in my mind, but there hadn’t been a known planetary group of two planets sharing an orbit. Moons do it, and then there are the moons themselves which orbit planets, but not a planetary relationship like the one in my mind. Until now… Check this out. http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-02/two-planets-discovered-sharing-same-orbit
Amazing, isn’t it? There’s so much out there that blows my mind. Every time I step outside or read a PopSci magazine, I can see hundreds of possibilities. How can science fiction be so stigmatized when it is so full of wonder? C’mon guys, sci-fi isn’t all full of invading aliens and Captain Kirk. It’s full of science! There’s the post-apocalyptic versions. There’s the fantasy-tinged space stories. There’s steam punk (which is amazing, btw. I can’t write it, but it’s awesome.) and so many more. Anything that has a scientific slant can be science-fiction, I think. Ah….
Well…I’m off to create and elaborate on some of the ideas I’ve read about. I think I’ll write about the end of the world by drug-resistant bacteria. Yeah… That sounds promising!