Fantasy and Science
-Konnor Karpinski-

In today's day and age we are constantly going past our imaginable limit's of technology. Every time we think we reach the pinnacle of science the bar is set higher and a new horizon of innovation is set. In decades past many authors and writers would create outlandish theories of how our future would look and the new inventions that would become common place in a technological future. Whether it would be a utopian paradise or a dystopian wasteland, they would accompany their tales with robots, strange long distance communicators, and other ideas to captivate your imagination of what the future may hold. But with us now living in an age of science and technology, and with many of these scientific pioneers growing up reading and being influenced by many these science fiction tales, they have begun to try and make these things a reality. One needs to look no further than one of the earliest prominent science fiction shows on TV, 'Star Trek'. Ever since its inception, the show popularized a lot of items that were only capable of existing in this fictional futuristic world. But now in our actual world, people took these as inspiration and began creating many of the science fiction gadgets they grew up watching. One of our societies most pivotal inventions, the cellphone, was inspired by the communicators used  in the show. Kids watching these space heroes talking to each other wirelessly over great distances eventually grew up and realized that something of this magnitude was within their grasp. But thats the problem, with more of these previously outlandish inventions becoming achievable, more people are becoming disinterested by  it and instead turning to other modes of fantasy to captivate their imaginations. So now in today's world many people would rather read about elves and wizards battling for middle earth or superheroes capable of flying, super strength, and whatever else they can imagine. Once many of these technological fantasies became possible, people lost interest in it and turned their sights on tales of bravery and heroics set in magical fantasies. People have always had a love for fiction, but in today's age where many of these previously fictional items are now tangible, people have to turned to extreme ends of the fictional spectrum. Now they would rather try and be whisked away to a world where fireballs and invulnerability are commonplace, through the power of fantasy fiction. When people read or watch these tales of fantasy they dont want to try and be memzmerized by items that we have already invented and made, they want to be captivated by stories that would never be achievable but still convey a sense of being there. In today's scoiety where tehnology can make a lot happen, people would rather be inspired by a hairy footed 3ft person killing orcs and giant spiders with a glowing blue sword.

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2 years ago
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I agree. Most of our stories, even fiction, are being transformed into a world of science and technology rather than imagination and myths. It is now us imagining where technology could go next, rather than what is impossible.

2 years ago
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It's interesting how curiosity leads to scientific discoveries, but in popular culture, curiosity through fantasy, pseudoscience and the paranormal is viewed as childish. We need the childish aspects of science fiction to move forward in science.

2 years ago
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Star Trek is an interesting historical "marker" since it has existed for so long in its different incarnations -- three television series, right?, plus the big budget movies, two generations' worth...so there is a sf franchise that is enormously popular, popular in the way that Lord of the Rings has been in terms of longevity. I wonder if there is a way to compare the two and see if we can figure out if there is a differential audience for them or different responses, or whether they are more similar than different (both appealing to our "imaginations" say...) And yet nerd culture embraces both (or at least how I hear people talking about "nerd" culture, whatever that might be whether self-defined or as defined by others!)

2 years ago
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I think it is interesting how what was once considered fantasy, space travel and talking to people from great distances, are now common things that everyone just accepts. It makes you wonder if science will be able to do that with our current form of fantasy, invulnerability, flying, and eternal life