Why I love science fiction fantasy. Ever since I was a kid, I loved science fiction. I remember Lost in Space and The Thunderbirds from my early days in front of the TV. Back then my mind wandered around the ideas depicted in those early shows. Could we actually travel into space? Can robots actually talk to me? Not would I have one of my own, but when would I have one.
I envisioned a robot servant cleaning my room, cooking dinner, and helping me with my homework. All we needed was a little technology and I’d have my robot. I soon learned it didn’t work that way, but continued to dream about what life would be like if we had the technology touted in those early science fiction books and shows.
Through the years we’ve had our share of science fiction. Some with and others without the fantasy theme. But nonetheless, they thrived! Star Trek, Star Trek Voyager, Deep Space Nine, Star Trek the Next Generation, Lost in Space, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Science Fiction Theater, Futurama, The Thunderbirds, My Favorite Martian, Alien Nation, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, The Jetsons, Battlestar Galactica, Dune, Children of Dune. The list goes on and continues to grow. I just recently re-watched Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune and loved it – Again!
As the shows got better and more technical, so did my interests. I wanted a communicator, and wondered what it would feel like to go through the transporter. TV shows became the impetus for many of the inventions we now take for granted. The imagination of those writers taught me that not only could I have one of those communicators, but that mine would be much better than those used by Spock and Kirk.
Today I look around and see us attached to technology as if we are on its leash. Everything we do is based on technology in one way or another. [Tweet ” We’ve become so dependent on technology, we can’t seem to live without it.”]
How did we get to this point? We got here through the imagination of all those science fiction writers. Those men and women, who wrote books and created TV shows, gave us their dreams. They showed us that we only need use our imaginations and we, too, can create technology that far surpasses what they wrote about.
Take for example the cell phone. Gene Roddenberry created the communicator in his first Star Trek series back in the mid 1960s. That little device became the model for early cell phones. I had a Motorola flip phone, and mine certainly was better then the communicator depicted on Star Trek. But mine was limited to this planet. My imagination continued to create scenes in which I am talking to my second in command on my star cruiser.
Science Fiction Fantasy has become the basis for our technological advancement. To me, science fiction fantasy is more about how we dream. We dream, write a book or screenplay, and someone says “I can make that.” Our dreams become reality almost as fast as we can dream them.
As a younger person I cherished the books and shows. I now write science fiction in both the straight and gay genres. Wow, what a turn around! I still love reading and watching, but do it with a different appreciation. As I youth I looked at the fantasy wondering if any of that would or could someday be real. Now I see, not only the possibility of reality, but wonder how long it will take to get there.
Some of my fans ask where I get my ideas from. My answer is to to look at what is going on around them, to watch and read with an open mind, and to dream. After all, our dreams do become our reality!
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