“Ponder the spectre of yourself as one human being in the over six billion people on Earth.
We are so minute as to be nonexistent. And yet, we have the power to visualize, to imagine the entirety of the cosmos.
In your journal, write about the paradox of being both microscopic and immense.”
The Imagination is a fascinating thing. We are tiny creatures in the cosmos, invisible forces keeping us clinging onto this large rock that we call home. The word planet itself comes from Greek and translates as `wandering star’. We are minuscule in the universe yet we imagine ourselves as large and important.
Thoughts of what could be out there bring me to discussion of another literary term:
This is often used as an alternative description for Science Fiction but it’s actually a term that covers many types of fiction: fantasy, horror, science-fiction and many many more.
In a way, I guess most fiction is `speculative’. It’s the `WHAT IF?’ questions we ask of what could lie beyond our realm of knowledge. It’s asking what more is possible and, as writers, we get to explore that in our work.
- NPR’s New Poll: “Best Science Fiction, Fantasy Books? You Tell Us” (underwordsblog.com)
- Fiction Affliction: Diagnosing July Releases in Science Fiction (tor.com)
- Genre in the Mainstream: Does SFF Marginalize Characters? (tor.com)
- My Top Five Science Fiction Authors #3: Arthur C. Clarke (expandingconsciousness.wordpress.com)
- Genetic Modification Gone Wild: 10 Signs That Our World May Be Destined To Resemble A Really Bad Science Fiction Movie (tipggita32.wordpress.com)