Science fiction is a one-stop for everyone who wants to see aliens, monsters, robots, spaceships, supernatural powers, and time machines. Even though the themes of sci-fi may seem to be escapist fantasy, a close look will show us the intricacies and importance of the subjects they are delving into.
Science fiction explores those themes and areas that both realistic fiction and nonfiction cannot explore. Sci-fi enables the reader to imagine all the what-ifs and numerous possibilities that we would ignore or miss. They will enable us to explore imaginative concepts like the world of advanced science and technology, spaceships, and extra-terrestrial life.
They enable the audience to travel across the world and beyond
One of the most apparent reasons for this massive popularity of sci-fi is that they enable readers or viewers to explore a new world. They allow us to look into what is inside human bloodstreams as Fantastic Voyage does and enable us to see a field covered in red alien vines as in the War of the Worlds. Thus they allow the readers or viewers to escape from their mundane life.
They can effectively tackle significant issues
We all know that majority of science fiction stories are set in the future and will be narrating events that can take place in the future, such as an alien invasion or human-like androids trying to take over the earth. But they are talking about the issue that is affecting our lives in the present.
To understand this, you can look into the novel Ender’s game, which portrays the story of interplanetary wars between human beings and aliens. You will love this action-packed and exciting novel. But in fact, the book talks about the ethics of modern warfare.
They are genius because you can read the book in many layers. For example, if you are a ten-year-old reading a book, the book will be just about some space fights. But an adult reading this book will be looking into the story from a different perspective.
Sci-fi explores the ‘what ifs’
Another factor that makes sci-fi immensely popular is that they explore the ‘what if’. It will help the audience to imagine what the society or world will become if a specific ‘X’ happens. What if aliens exist and what to do if they contact the human race? Excellent science fiction will help us to think, where are we? Where are we heading to? What will happen when we reach there?
The genre will also implore the topic of isolation and how we cleverly categorize ‘outsiders’ as others and breed on superiority.
Stimulate interest in science
You might be a person who may not be interested in technology and does not want to learn or read about them. But science fiction might change this perception. Even if you are a person who was never enraptured by the latest technology, the thought of what will be our future or what humanity will create in the future will fascinate you.
Thus, there are various reasons for the public to love the sci-fi genre.