Don't Dream It, Be It…

I grew up reading Fantasy and Science Fiction. Fantasy has always been my go-to for the escapism, but Sci-Fi has help a special place for me since I first read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. That book really caught me, and made me think about what the world could be.

We have the ability to shape the world around us, in ways both large and small. We invent, we destroy, and we change, even if simply by existing.

I like to think that the stories we write shape the world nearly as much as our physical actions do, if not more so. Every story we write shapes the minds of all who read it, even if they hate it. A dislike of your story might lead the reader to not read stories of that genre anymore, changing things…who knows how.

The makers of the original Palm PDA stated they took their design inspirations directly from communicators on Star Trek. Even the idea of a PDA itself was partially inspired by personal computers seen in myriad Science Fiction tales.

The things of yesterdays Sci-Fi are the realities of today. Even now, the field of Nanotechnology and Bioengineering strive to make the imaginings of Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, and George Alec Effinger reality. I can’t imagine how many people have been inspired to enter the fields of science based on what they read when they were young, in books and comics. The world as we know it, in my opinion, would be radically different without the works of the Sci-Fi authors who imagined a future many of them would never see. I can’t imagine that many of them thought the things they imagined would ever exist in the next millenia.

Now we use technology on a daily basis, weaving it into the tale of our lives, telling our little stories to any passerby who might be willing to listen. We’re digital buskers on whatever corner of the internet we decide to stand and flop our hat at. Don’t be afraid to shout your stories to everyone who walks by. You never know who might be listening.

We can only make what we can imagine, after all.

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~ by Benjamin Kenneally on December 7, 2009.

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