Science fiction is important simply because it makes us question society much more than any other genre. It not only explores science in all its glory and ugliness, but also compels the reader to think about something in a new way. It appeals to the sense of wonder. It asks insightful questions and poses implications of societal practices in a complex setting that is akin to our present world and so allows us to see ourselves objectively.
Science fiction matters because even in the most screwed up of all screwed up science fiction worlds, it all boils down to human emotion.
It is a vast genre with dozens of sub-genres and themes which when combined with other genres is pretty much a self-supporting entity. There are no limits as to what a single science fiction story can constitute to as long as there’s a willingness to suspend belief on the reader’s behalf.
YA science fiction isn’t as all-encompassing as adult science fiction but hey, it’s getting there which is amazing because what we’ll always need more of is science fiction (and just for the hell of it, fantasy). No other genre is going to help us in case of a zombie apocalypse, anyway.
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