Space & SciFi by Oscar Chacon

Space is the most enticing subjects of study by many people in a variety of studies. Philosophers of different centuries all attempted to describe space and explain its nature. Our more modern mathematicians tried more logical expressions through non-Euclidean geometries. More than all of this the most interesting representations of space have always resided in science fiction where laws of physics where bent and manipulated to produce a more dynamic plot. Space in popular culture has brought about a huge amount of change for the world in perspective, and scientific advancements. The glorification of different media such as science fiction novels, movies, and comics brought about full support during the space race. Although, liveliness of the support between everyone was once huge in today’s time of where everything is to be done quickly and efficiently.

Star Trek and Star Wars with along several science fiction novels, I believe, caused people to have a strong enthusiasm for progression in space exploration. Although it is well understood that science fiction is more than unreal but very farfetched, people fail to attain that sort of perspective. This creates a lack of interest in a more realistic exploration of space that requires time, tremendous amount of hard work, and strong dedication. This is especially true in young people of this generation that expect space exploration to be much more advanced than it is now, or just want to break the rules of physics. Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. describes this predicament very clear to SCI FI Wire about the lack of interest in real space travel. He explains that, “All the shows where they beam people around and things like that have made young people think that that is what the space program should be doing. It’s not realistic.” This argument has its point but it is arguably more applicable to commercial technology that promotes a sort of promise from all sciences that things are done quickly and efficiently.

http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?id=57491

Although if it was not for science fiction much of our technology would not be in existences or the full-fledged support for space exploration. Science fiction has its place as a strong inspiring tool among the general public. Star Trek had a huge impact in creating several technologies such as the cell phone, even progressed the firs inter-racial relationship on television, and the future might have another Star Trek inspired innovation for space travel (cross your fingers for hyperdrive).

Star Wars has inspired the beginning of the imperialistic drive in spatial exploration in bringing people and nation’s to question who is the first to achieve the many firsts of space exploration. Star Wars’ plot elaborates on the idea of an empire that controls the galaxy which is disturbing to say the least by or scale of insignificant bitter quarrels among one another.

Science Fiction has really helped promote the advancement of technology and support for space exploration. As for future science fiction inspired innovations for space travel we will have to wait. More importantly, I think when considering our motivation for space exploration and a potential imperialistic fututre we must consider, as described by Carl Sagan, our only, “Pale Blue Dot.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p86BPM1GV8M

- Oscar Chacon

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