When thinking of science fiction, or a work considered to be science fiction, one might think of media or texts that involve technology that is beyond what humans are capable of creating or have not created yet. While I think this idea is a staple of the science fiction genre, I believe the genre can fully be defined as a text or media that deploy steps within the scientific method, and are focused around branches of science and how they function in our universe, in order to highlight human fallacy as well as the human inclination to seek answers while resisting change or reorder. To clarify, the steps of the scientific method are as follows: Ask a question, do background research, construct a hypothesis, test your hypothesis with an experiment, analyze data and draw a conclusion, and report your results. Therefore, science fiction texts describe things that have not happened, but ask what would happen if they did occur because they very well may? If we look at The War of the Worlds in all its mediums we can see that it asks “what if Martians were to try and take over the Earth?” H.G. Wells constructs his hypothesis by delineating what he believes would happen to the human race in his writing of the novel and does background scientific research to demonstrate the physics, chemistry, astronomy, etc. that can explain the creation and ultimate destruction of the world he is describing. Wells’ conclusion is that bacteria would destroy the creatures, and humans would be able to continue to live their carefree, shallow lives. To put it differently, not only do science fiction novels discuss topics of science, but their creation is a science (most likely a practice in social science) in and of itself. Also, I feel that the science fiction genre can be characterized by the theme and structural pattern of a showcase of human superiority and dominance, a testing of that authority by an unknown creature or concept, and finally a display of human frivolity and stupidity. Again, if we look to The War of the Worlds we see that humans mistakenly believe they are the keepers and kings of Earth and that they will not be harmed. And while intelligent, Ogilvy and Henderson’ pursuit of science and news and naiveté about being able to approach the Martians is what leads to their destruction. Therefore, their death shows that in their feeling of superiority, which stems from their power as a scholar and a writer, they were unable to appreciate the newness of what the aliens intended to bring to the Earth. Then the Martians show that humans are not as smart or powerful as they believe they are by exterminating them in large numbers. The humans, in order to survive, then show how “civilized” they are when they start trampling one another and clamoring for coins, caring about their possessions more than their lives. These narrative features and scenarios can be seen in various forms throughout science fiction, and aid to define the genre as one that emphasizes science and how that science shows human imperfections.