What is Science Fiction, After All?

The thing we call science fiction is not just literature, it's actually a concept you can see in every corner of art. Because it is the only genre that is responsible for the technological development of this complex but seemingly simple land we live on. Unlike other genres, it not only entertains people in terms of reading, watching, or writing, but also inspires them to develop and improve like "Hey, we can make those 'vicuuv vicuuv' swords that they wave in that thing called Star Wars!" Instead of just enjoying them. In fact, the self-opening doors you saw in the movie Star Trek, which were released years ago, have already been invented. But that's not the whole point!

Although Wikipedia and other sources show that the birth of science fiction dates back to the 2nd century, it is not actually the case! The history of science fiction goes back to mythology. In fact, the God, who is part of the fantasy genre, carries his servant in a vehicle and makes him fly. However, the God does not make the vehicle itself, but creates it. The vehicle is referred to as magical. Now we call it a plane, or any person can find a magical device and use it to travel back in time to the era of the gods. Although it doesn't exist now, we call it Time Travel and Time Machine. No, my friend, time travel is not a fantasy element as people might think. I'll complain to H.G. Wells about all of you! But back to our topic, the concept of remote viewing and awareness, which we can frequently see in Hindu mythology, is an example of science fiction. Let me give you an example of this; in the Ramayana epic, Rama, whose wife is kidnapped by the evil, cursed, and dishonorable Ravana, seeks help from the god Hanuman, who is giant and can fly. Yes, Hanuman, but the point is not about Hanuman. Stay on topic, kid! Anyway, Rama wants to see where his beloved is, and Hanuman doesn't sit idle. He shows him Sita's whereabouts. Although this situation includes fantasy elements such as Gods, Rama's ability to see and watch his wife from afar carries elements of science fiction. Likewise, video conferencing we do today or the hologram system they are working on are also part of these particles. I wanted to address this before talking about important figures and dates mentioned in written texts. If you are a science fiction enthusiast, you must study mythology.

Before diving into the history and people of science fiction, I want to talk about a few things.

What's the difference between fantasy and science fiction?

Here it is:

Science fiction is living events that could or have happened with elements of science and technology that we don't currently have. (Think laser guns, teleportation, flying cars, etc.)

Fantasy, on the other hand, is living events with features that we can never experience or possess. (Like breathing fire, sneezing nitrogen, or having dwarves living in your fingernails.)

How many types of science fiction are there?

Science fiction is divided into several branches. Science fiction fans or writers cannot give the exact number because new genres related to science fiction emerge every day, and all the elements that were previously in science fiction change. However, we can summarize them as follows;

Yes... I have explained the science fiction genres and my own views in this article. There are certainly many more things to write about science fiction, but for now, that's all from me.

(While preparing this article, the song playing in the background was Donovan - Hurdy Gurdy Man.)

Author: Ahmet T. Mengeş

Science fiction and fantasy enthusiast. Game addict. Guardian of vampire mythology. Weird and equally arrogant. Amateur game developer. Very amateur.

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