Sci-Fi and Beyond

Predictive Power in the Mind of Imagination

One thing that I’ve always found to be a thing of beauty is truly innovative or deep science-fiction.  There’s something about seeing beyond the everyday and the possibilities outside of “what is” that is quite inspiring.

So, I remember having a discussion with my former neighbor (who I ironically discovered after a couple decades actually shared my birthday—what, it’s your birthday today?  No!  You’re lying…it’s mine too!) just being able to express really why I enjoy sci-fi—because it allows us to look beyond exactly how it is now, to see how things could be.  Beautiful.

We assume that we have to do things just one way—the way they are—and that everything that we see is the only way it can be…in fact, we get stuck in a parochial mindset, believing that details as mundane as cross-walks and roads, and clothes, and offices, are really the only reality that can ever be experience.  Science fiction is here to tell us otherwise.

The example I remember giving, in response to my neighbor’s challenge that roads are firm and not gelatinous (based on some imagined sci-fi scenario, I guess) was that perhaps in some world, they could be—maybe we would travel, not in wheeled vehicles, but in armored exo-skeletons and jump our way to locations we wished to visit—or simply jump without exoskeletons—or perhaps travel in some sort of gyroscopically balanced spherical vehicles…

Behold the iPad in All Its Glory

Image via Wikipedia

11 Astounding Sci-Fi Predictions That Came True is a powerfully exciting article that shows that some of these “could-be’s” actually came true—most surprisingly Arthur C. Clarke‘s prediction of a news-reader that basically became the iPad, down to the details of clicking on expanding/blow-up icons!

So, I think if I were to spend my life making things of beauty (NBSONE*) I’d like it to be science fiction…or science-fantasy.

*Never before seen on the earth (NBSONE)