(Originally published June 17, 2016 on SOMETIMES.)
Being a real fan of Science Fiction requires a flexible imagination, and have an open mind that is capable of accepting for consideration any concept at all. Its OK to have compartments, or niches, or organizational charts in which these concepts reside—such as: Possible, Improbable, Unlikely, Impossible But Intriguing, Far-Fetched, Ridiculous, and Boring.
In the first place, anything can apply to classification of Science Fiction. The “Science” part places restrictions on the subject matter in that purists will want divisions into Real Science…topics that are accepted by almost everybody. For instance, here is a true scientific fact: “when we look up into the sky we see specks of what looks like sparkly things reflecting (or generating) light.”
On the other hand Science Fiction fans might propose that there are, up in the sky, great big diamonds twinkling and shining back at us. These are very valuable heavenly bodies…which in fact…
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