Science Fiction : Fiction Or Predictions? Essay

2054 Words Dec 12th, 2016 9 Pages
Science Fiction Writing: Fiction or Prediction? Much like a window into our future’s worst nightmares, the science fiction genre allows one to get that “based on a true story” horror movie feel for what could happen to the world we know. The books and stories that fall upon this category are not supposed to be a foolproof, flawless prediction of the daily lives of future generations, but do often hold some truth in the erratic world of tomorrow since they are frequently based on real events. Science fiction writings often place the reader into a post-apocalyptic, dystopian society which has been molded from stretched truths of what is going on in the present today. Science fiction writing allows writers to adumbrate our universe’s future through legitimate events of the world now. The short story The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster was first published in 1909, but over 100 years later the story is becoming more factual than fictional. In the story, almost all of humanity lives in an underground, hexagonal room. Everyone is isolated and has become so technology dependent nearly any type of physical exercise is impossible to do. Human needs are met by the Machine. There is almost no face-to-face communication done, nor any traveling. Life for these people only exists between the walls of their rooms. Actions not done by the Machine are essentially forbidden in a sense that those who go against the rules are faced with “homelessness” and have nowhere to go and supposedly die…

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