I was watching Charlie Rose last week and his guest was Linda Randall, Harvard professor in theoretical physicist. At first I watched because she was an attractive intelligent woman, but then I found what she was talking about was very blog-able. She was promoting her new novel, Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World (Harper Collins, 2011.) I haven’t read it (yet) but, what I got from the interview was two things: one is that uncertainty should be met with excitement (not fear) because not knowing gives you the opportunity to learn. Second is that if we applied the same logic and reasoning from science, to everyday life, making sense of life would become easier. I found these ideas apply to science fiction.
As readers, viewers or any form of audiences of science fiction, we need to take the strange (unusual, futuristic, alien …etc.) worlds that science fiction writers create and apply it to ourselves. This is why I love science fiction; the complicated realms that writers create are like complicated math problems (I failed psychics in high school) that we have to solve if we want to know what the writers are saying.
This post is pretty abstract. I hope I made myself clear, did I?