Modern science fiction is the only form of literature that consistently
considers the nature of the changes that face us, the possible
consequences, and the possible solutions....That
branch of literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific
advance upon human beings.
-- Isaac Asimov (1952)
Science fiction is essentially a kind of fiction in which people
learn more about how to live in the real world, visiting imaginary
worlds unlike our own, in order to investigate by way of pleasurable
thought-experiments how things might be done differently.
-- Brian Stableford, from his GOH speech, ConFuse 91
really what SF is all about, you know: the big reality that pervades
the real world we live in: the reality of change. Science fiction
is the very literature of change. In fact, it is the only such
literature we have.
-- Frederik Pohl, Pohlemic, SFC, May 1992
the story tell me something worth knowing, that I had not known
before, about the relationship between man and technology? Does
it enlighten me on some area of science where I had been in the
dark? Does it open a new horizon for my thinking? Does it lead me
to think new kinds of thoughts, that I would not otherwise perhaps
have thought at all? Does it suggest possibilities about the alternative
possible future courses my world can take? Does it illumunate events
and trends of today, by showing me where they may lead tomorrow?
Does it give me a fresh and objective point of view on my own world
and culture, perhaps by letting me see it through the eyes of a
different kind of creature entirely, from a planet light-years away?
-- Frederik Pohl, Introduction--SF:Contemporary Mythologies