The Genre of Science Fiction
Science Fiction has been interpreted by many in a wrong way. Most people feel that the author is just in love with the future. However this is not the truth in most science fiction novels. The majority of Science Fiction books are more about the horrors of the future. In Fahrenheit 451 the author Ray Bradbury makes an argument for societies need to consider that the outcomes of science fiction might become realities. The origin of science fiction '…evolved from the industrial revolution that spawned notions of the rockets, robots, time machines, computers, satellites, matter-transports, and the like'; (Johnson 6). Science Fiction has dramatically changed over the years form total destruction of the earth, to more of a wonderful place to live. We should '…consider events…rationally and is concerned with the impact of change on people'; (Gunn and Boucher 1). There have been two events in history which has change science fiction into what is today, the '…explosion of the first atomic bomb and landing on the moon'; (Gunn and Boucher 5). Think about it, seeing a little space ship go millions of miles into space and landing on a moon. People would thinks to themselves wow. Or seeing a huge mushroom cloud fling into the air and destroy everything it touches. That the only purpose of science fiction is to '…deals with events that did not happen, may have happened, or have not yet happened'; (Gunn and Boucher 1). People often have a hard time understanding that Science Fiction and Fantasy are very different from one another. Fantasy deals with the supernatural where as Science Fiction doesn't. So in no way will Science Fiction ever be the same as Fantasy.
One of the greatest writes of his time, Ray Bradbury has contributed so much to the science fiction world. He has the ability to make people think about subjects which they have never thought about. He is different from all the other writes due to the fact that he is a '…self taught writer'; (Johnson 4). He is such a good writer because he interbreeds his dreams and his youthful experiences into his works. He tries to show us possible '…earthbound futures with death, his science-fiction stories, set on earth tend to be warnings'; (Mogen 94). When reading Fahrenheit 451 you get a feeling like Bradbury is trying to tell people of the possibly of a world where books are burned and are forbidden. That he does not want these horrible futures to come true, so in a sense he doesn't want to predict them.
When looking at science fiction we, as humans should get a lot of revelation out of them. One that is the most obvious is 'symbolic revelation…the literature of fantastic contains symbols which reflect the deep core of truth with a all lives while outwardly representing improbable people, places and things'; (Antczak 39). People should always look for truth because the second you stop looking, the second your world...