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Blog 2: Preparing for the future

Don Rogers

(Blog 2 aims to write the book from before the idea through the final work.)

Sci-fi is great, fun stuff. But fans are rare. These stories attract cult followings. Most people don’t get it. Don’t see a need to bother trying. Too weird.

Not my family, though. We love it. Star Trek. Star Wars, Stargate, Dune, Earth 2, Lost in Space and now the new Battlestar Galactica. That’s just TV shows.



A close cousin is fantasy. Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter. Books and hit movies.

The genres put people outside their normal element, test futures, put what ifs out there. Some dark, some campy, some action vehicles.

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They all make you think in entirely different ways. Outside the box, to be sure. Physics turned on its head, along with biology and history.

But people remain people. They deal with these weird, other-worldly conflicts with all the human strengths and frailties and quirks that our firmly ours.

How we deal with aliens to come, artificial intelligence, mass self-inflicted catastrophe, climatic change will come in part from this fiction that is a part of forecasting and preparation.



Think of it. If the green men really do come, they’ll be less strange than Europeans arriving from over the horizon to the Native Americans. We’ll have all of that nanu-nanu Mork and Mindy, wookie, Klingon, War of the Worlds imaginings to inform our initial contact.

The fantasy stories do much the same, dealing with strangeness as norm. Real life can become so. Tang, the Web, global positioning. Who’d a thunk? We’re talking magic to Stone Age humanity, hell Industrial Age humanity here.

Jules Verne, Gene Rodenberry, Isaac Asimov, J.K. Rowling, a ton of unheralded script writers. These are the visionaries who get the visionaries thinking.


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