Science Fiction is the ultimate extrapolation of human imagination. In this way, to me, it is a genre that seeks to push the boundaries of what genres can be. An implosion of that which has been newly discovered, acknowledged, and technologically developed, with the sorrows and elations of the human experience, as a way to reflect our anxieties about the possible futures, as we find ourselves in a constant loop of uncertain and frightening temporal presents.
Science Fiction is a synesthesia of what we as humans know, what we think we know, and what we expect to know in the future. A form of fiction that defies physics and science’s fundamental laws, or I should say, repurposes them for its own means and goals as a channel for imagination and creativity. Historically, Sci-fi has been underestimated and stripped of its literary values. Yet, this relatively new form has challenged genre norms and barriers imposed by historically classicist systems of cataloging and configuration; thus, cementing Sci-Fi as a resourceful, brave, and persevering form of literature and allowing it to become one of the most commercially successful, beloved, and culturally influential genres in the history of fiction.
The importance of Science Fiction does not lie in its use of fantasy and imaginary situations into wild futures but in its ability to capture, adapt and recapture the essence of the complexities of human struggles such as race, gender, social norms, economic inequalities, political unrests, climate change, and plagues. Science fiction, in my opinion, is the genre of the masses.