1. Deeper Dimensions of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Storytelling

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A Way of Thinking
SF is a place where literature meets science; and also art and psychology and sociology and music and philosophy and religion. SF is a way of thinking as much as a way of writing — a way of thinking about possibilities.

SF is a literature of change. SF readers may be better equipped to deal with the rapidly changing real world around us because they're accustomed to thinking about these kinds of changes. SF helps us adapt to survive the future!

Fantasy shares many of these qualities, but often focuses more on inner longings for deeper meaning.

So are science fiction stories mainly about science, and fantasy stories mainly about myth? Surprisingly, no! More than anything, all of these stories are about people, and human concerns.

Sometimes they're just for fun — or just plain funny!


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