- Jun 12, 2018
Without breaking down into specific genres, science fiction can be purely entertaining, everything in it can be imaginary. None of the science is anywhere near being applicable in our lifetimes. None of the characters are related to anyone or anything that is real. The characters act however the character wants to act without regards to how people might realistically respond to the situation. Basically some kind of escapist adventure story, serious, comical, or both. The point is that it was written to entertain people, to take their minds off reality. Being able to do this is a highly valued accomplishment.
The flip side is writing something that will leave people with something more than what they bargained for when picking up a book to read. Various methods exist, from flat out descriptions of things actually happening, such as Prey by Michael Crichton to allegorical devices that can have any number of interpretations, like a Bosch or Bruegel painting. A person could come away from the story with a better idea of how to do something that actually exists or a better idea of the domino theory of life that keeps trying to ignore the consequences of actions. The insights can be easily seen or they can be disguised by multiple layers of fantasy that are only camouflaging the underlying topics being examined, which can be anything from social behavior to flying to the moon.
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