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What is Speculative (science) Fiction? Well, it's like Science Fiction, but different. Science Fiction, as it has been popularized, is taken to include fantasy and many elements of graphic novels, TV shows and movies, and video games. Here, we use fiction as a way of shedding light on the human experience. Fiction may be more potent than a historical or non-fiction account since the author has the freedom to elicit a common experience with the characters. And Science offers a context for speculation that transends the current possibilities available today.

Science is regarded by many people as simply a trade, a trick by which a group of people plug into a cornucopia of magic gadgets. That perception often leads people to believe that Science Fiction stories focus on objects or organizations, like the military, rather than people. Richard Feynman, the famous physicist, once wrote: “people respect science because of the gadgets.” While that might be true, what’s been lost is that science is a “world view,” a philosophy that has changed the world more than anything people have ever done. Arthur C Clarke once said that, from our perspective, the science of an extremely advanced civilization would be hard to distinguish from magic. The interesting thing is the implication that even though science may seem like magic, it’s not magic—it’s more interesting than that. Penn Gillette, the magician, often writes that many magicians turn out to have a belief system based more on a science world-view than anything else. Once you “understand” the trick, you understand better how people think.

Often people associate the science in Science Fiction with the military or corporations (with all-due respect to the Supreme Court’s contention that corporations are people too). But this is only because entities with more money are better able to utilize science to create more and better magical gadgets, but that doesn’t mean that those entities promote a science world-view. I’ve met several CEO’s of technology companies that have proudly told me that “they were not technical.” Many of the greatest scientists—those who have brought us real magic, were (are) pacifists. Many of the urban legends about science are simply not true.

So what does Speculative Fiction mean to me? Speculative Fiction is a way of writing stories that explore the human condition in the context of a science world-view. The benefit of the science world-view is that it opens up the human condition to many great possibilities. At the center of the science world-view is a search for truth. The proof of this is simple, if science didn’t have truth as its objective, the gadgets wouldn’t work. So what I’ve tried to do is humanize “Science Fiction” in my stories, while trying to convey a sense-of-wonder about the possibilities it presents. These stories are speculations, what-if scenarios that have at their center possibilities that “could-be” real. Thus, Speculative Fiction..

Hard Science Fiction
by Peter Dingus.

On a vast Martian Colony in the year 2331, an experiment set into motion fifteen years before could make humanity obsolete.

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