According to my calendar, today is National Science Fiction Day.
The poet Walt Whitman wrote:
When I heard the learn'd astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander'd off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars.
~ Walt Whitman ~
Much the same as Walt Whitman, I have always looked up to the stars and dreamed. So it's no surprise that I've always enjoyed books, and later on, the television shows, that could take me to places I've never been, introduced me to people I've never met and showed me things I've only dreamed of.
The world of Science Fiction changes the rules I inherited from reality.
The Science Fiction genre, is almost like having your own personal sandbox. It allows us all to probe the outer limits of our imagination. It challenges our human spirit to reach beyond what we know, and to venture into new worlds with new and unconventional ideas. Whether in books or on the screen, things like alien contacts, extrasensory perception, robots and artificial intelligence, time travel and immortality, allow us to think beyond the world of the here-and-now and travel beyond all known barriers and boundaries.
Here are a couple of websites that are extremely useful if you want to delve into the world of Science Fiction, either for the first time or as a returning space-traveler.
Fantasy and Science Fiction Website - (A great resource)
The SF Site - The Home Page for Science Fiction and Fantasy
Enjoy the trip!