Many people have been wondering about which came about first: sci-fi or science? Indeed, it is always something to wonder. Is the drive and imagination coming from the fiction writers, or are they inspiring themselves from science?
One could really point out how good a question this is. Think about it. Where do scientists bring the ideas for their researches? Did they come up with such inspiration for scientific drive all by themselves? Or is it really a byproduct of years and years of reading and watching Sci-fi materials? For instance, the latest warp drive that NASA is working on. How could someone not think: ‘damn for all the time I’ve seen this on TV and movies its only time they get to dive into it sciencewise!’
For instance, drones – really common nowadays right? But think about it a little. Who would have thought that they would even exist and be on the regular citizen shopping list for Christmas 20 or even 10 years ago? And who knows where we are going? Elon Musk is trying to populate the Moon and Mars, Steven Hawkins is saying we’ll need to abandon the earth in a few dozen years. Things that not long ago were only the byproduct of ones wildest imagination are now coming to reality and no one is even thinking twice about it.
Alternatively; 20 years ago, someone thought to wonder if sci-fi could finally solve the alarming drop of students studying physics. For instance, it is a known fact that famous sci-fi movies like Star Wars or Star Trek, have inspired countless astronauts and physicists of today. Knowing the relationship between science and sci-fi is therefore vital for us to comprehend which came first. And which one of the two is really driving the advances of the other.
This is the complicated part, however. For example, the “scientific” side of sci-fi can just be minor from the typical “you don’t explode in space”, to the not-so-obvious ones like blackholes – upon which sci-fi relies on – might not be concrete enough in determining which came first.
As for the “fictional” part, a biologist once said that Western literature changed the way how people view its image. That is due to the continuous portrayal of disastrous consequences caused by scientists’ unending habit of meddling with nature. It’s kind of harsh and unsympathetic, right?
The Link Between Sci-Fi And Science
So, which came first, sci-fi or science? And does it matter if various forms of entertainment, such as films and books ignore the laws of physics? To help answer the question, knowing the relationship between science and sci-fi is important.
Sci-fi, as a form of drama, has very different requirements compared to science. If you decide to create a genuine science-backed film, you’ve got to explain the scientific problem and do it in a documentary format. If you decide on some kind of feature film, it would need more than an hour of the film already. Each of them requires compromising on something. But that doesn’t mean that bogus ideas like space exploration in movies will not at the end of the road be the one that will seed the idea into a scientific mind and drive him to try realizing it in real life.
More Between The Link…
Sci-fi can also be best called “tech fiction”. A piece of technology that can only be shown in movies, might be an actual thing in the future. It’s not science for the most part, because the scientific problem is not being explored and solved. You’re focusing on a piece of tech that’s given, and its feature is based on what people already know.
If there’s a very good sci-fi film, chances are that it wouldn’t have a very good fictional science. An example would be Total Recall. Overall, it’s a very good film, though it hardly draws on any scientific premises and all.
While making a genuine sci-fi film is possible, it would take a masterful duo between an excellent film-maker and a science prodigy for that alone. Moreover, the prodigy would have to be obsessed with an episode to convey to the film-makers about what’s so hyped in it at that time, and why. After that, they should proclaim it for the masses, as soon as possible.
A fictional science story allows you to make your science to fit your story. But to invent that kind of science to fit reality is an all different thing.
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