There have been a few comments on the site the past couple of weeks that reminded me of something that I wanted to post about when I started this weekend gig–science fiction. I know that we have had our share of Star Wars vs Star Trek debates, and I am sure there will be more such entertainment to come. And sci-fi is of course not just movies and television, but also the written word, science fiction books and stories from days gone by.
As an enjoyer of the genre, in pretty much all forms, one of the post topics I had considered was to occasionally pick a book from my semi-extensive collection and do a little write-up on it. A sort of book report, the likes of which I haven’t really done since grade school, although many of those books were much less pleasant to wade through. There are some sci-fi books out there I think are outstanding, and I’d like to share them with you, as well as hopefully stimulate some discussion and discover some new books myself!
The question then I found myself asking, as a new contributor here to AT, was that of relevance. Toasters has a personality, a theme, a purpose for existence if you will, and as someone coming in to add to it I want to maintain that focus on celebrating obsolete technology, on discovering and expanding our knowledge of some of the roads less traveled along our journey’s of technological development. So does sci-fi literature fit into this, does it have a place here?
My answer, as you might guess, is yes. A good science fiction story is first a good story, with a relatable ‘human’ element, but a story that uses the frame of technology to tell that story, to expand the story beyond the current world. Sometimes that expansion allows the story down paths not available in the current world, or to explore themes that would be socially inappropriate to discuss at the time, but can be brought to light through the lens of the future.
The aspect that I think really fits with what we are trying to do here at Atomic Toasters is that of predictions. Whether they come true or not, science fiction often includes ideas about where technology is going in the future, and I think that often the theories on what is to come can be as interesting as the particular technology of a certain era in human development.
So I told you why I think science fiction is a good fit here, but I also want to hear from our superb commentariat–what do you think? Are book reviews something you would like to see or do you have no interest in such a thing. If you are interested, what sorts of information would you be looking for? Spoilers would most likely be avoided, but I am still feeling out how specific/non-specific the detail about the story should be. Let’s get the AT Book Club discussion going!