Archive for January, 2014

Science Fiction

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

When someone says the words science fiction, it immediately conjures up images of Starship Enterprise, Darth Vader, death rays and all sorts of glorious accounts of alien creatures flashing around outer space.
However the term has a rather muzzy definition due to common usage. If you go to a science fiction convention, attendees will be discussing fantasy subjects, like Gandalf, and Harry Potter, and the Mad Hatter. They will also be discussing horror subjects, like Dracula, and Freddy Kruger, and all of those nameless zombies. However this does not exclude the discussions they’re having about Predator, and Avatar, and Alien.
Usage has it that science fiction is a general category that includes–science fiction.
We’ve been doing it for years, using the name of a product to describe the whole category. We call all facial tissues Kleenex, and all adhesive strips Band-Aids.
So I’m just going to take a bottle of water out of my (Frigidaire) refrigerator, hop into my (Jeep) SUV, put a Band-Aid on that cut on my hand, blow my nose on a Kleenex, and head to the Science Fiction convention.