Man has told stories around the campfires since the beginning of time. We have told each other tales that have gone from daily survival to the beyond normal experience. However, it is only in the last two hundred years that our stories have reached out beyond our little planet and questions what is out there.
What Do I like to Read?
I like reading how our current ideas stack-up against an imagined future. The best stories feel like they question current situations by taking them to the extreme. Maybe the story takes on a world changing event and then tells how our society reacts to it and makes it fit. Some of my favorite examples are: I Robot by Isaac Asimov and The Dune series by Frank Herbert.
So What is it?
Science fiction is not just about space ships and the future. To me it is about where we are going and how we get there. The best of it wrestles with ethicality and the potential of humanity’s role. Of course survival plays into it as well. Authors of science fiction must understand that the science is important to help readers envision the worlds we learn about. The enjoyment comes from the adventure the characters have and the technologies they use.
This Week’s Podcast:
This week is a science fiction themed show. We have aliens whose pottery is essential to their society, a time experiment gone wrong and a listener’s true story tale about orbs that saved the day. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from iTunes, stream it on TuneIn Radio or listen to it on your radio Saturday night at 6pm Eastern time. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link.
August 31 – Rope Of Sand – (RAS297)
September 07 – RAS – Memory Lane #1
September 14 – Science Fiction Week – RAS298
September 21 – Detective Week – RAS299
September 28 – The Horror Express #18 – UFOs (Note: In Jeopardy due to Irma)
October 05 – Old Time Horror W/Jim Harold – (RAS300)