"I've seen things you bloggers wouldn't believe. Cosbolts on fire off the shoulder of CassaStar. I've watched C-letters glitter in the dark near Arlee's challenge. All those moments will be never be lost in time, like tears in the circuit boards of computers. Time to dream."
In case you don't recognise the quote, that was my parody of Batty's last piece of dialogue in the final moments of the film Bladerunner, which was loosely based on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
I've often been accused of having an over-active imagination by those who don't read science fiction or watch science fiction films and television shows. I usually thank them and then make them watch Bladerunner or read Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I call it The Empathy Test after the test Deckard administers to determine if Rachael is a replicant in Bladerunner.
Either they just don't get it or they have the light bulb moment - the one where they understand science fiction is not a load of nonsense but in fact exceedingly clever. They see that behind the futuristic disguise, science fiction is really just a comment on the world we live in today, albeit with a speculative angle. That the reader or viewer still experiences all the normal human emotions and senses we experience in real life, just usually via an alternate reality or through an alien's eyes.
Science fiction can challenge our beliefs and make us question the issues that dominate our world today, such as war and global warming, but in a way that still entertains the reader or viewer, and it is this that I love most about the genre.
Do you have a film or book you use to make people understand something you are passionate about?