Explaining the inexplicable

Unlike fantasy, which features magical creatures such as goblins and gremlins within parallel worlds and time zones, science fiction explores the concepts and implications of space and time travel, scientific developments and theoretical possibilities.

The premise you use need not be proven scientific fact but it must have a factual basis and it must be theoretically possible. Within these constraints, the science fiction writer can approach the genre from a variety of angles:

♦ exploring the influence of technological change from both negative and positive angles

♦ voicing concerns for the future of the planet

♦ exploring the possible damaging effect of new technology when taken to the edges of theoretical probability

♦ using technological advances to provide a futuristic setting for an adventure story or political novel.

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