The Dangers Of Science Fiction, By Ray Bradbury

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It’s been a long industrious day, and you see an old dusty book to your right. You scoff in disgust, “ugh! Why bother! Books are only going to waste my time, especially science fiction books, they are meant only for the geeks”. But what if I told you that book that you just passed by without a second thought, neglecting it for days possibly weeks had secrets that you could discover. Underneath all those grimy pages and yearlong chapters, there are secrets that could modify your city, state, country, possibly even the world. Starting with two beautiful words ”Science” and ”fiction.” Science fiction is fiction based not on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, frequently portraying space …show more content…
In the story Dark they were and golden-eyed, “ “ Mother, Father - the war, Earth!,” she sobbed. “ A radio flash just came. Atom bombs in New York! All the space rockets blew up. No more rockets to Mars ever!” ” (Bradbury 181). This shows that the author, Ray Bradbury included the bomb in New York not only to add suspense but to also make readers aware of the bomb that hit New York. The bomb plays a huge role in the story because it blew up all the space rockets that the people on Mars needed to get back to Earth. In the story Time Enough At Last, “He had glanced at the headlines of the first page. "Collapse Of Conference Imminent." He didn't have time to read the article. He turned to the second page. "Solon Predicts War Only Days Away." (Venable 5). This is because Henry Bemis, a man who had the ambition to read a whole book, was at work in a bank called Eastside Bank & Trust. After a few hours, a bomb hit his bank and is the only one that survived. Consequently, He figures out later that he was warned about a predicted war in a newspaper article a couple of weeks before. Unlike fiction books, Science fiction provides events to help you have a better understanding of the …show more content…
They may think this because the authors do mention the events, but they don’t mention specific details about bombs or war. However, it can be clearly be seen that even though the events included in stories don’t give specific dates or time, The event has still been included that makes readers aware of that event. Science fiction is not nonfiction so it doesn’t need specific details, it just needs to be mentioned for the readers aware of the event.For example, in the story "Dark they were and Golden-Eyed”, the author mentioned the atomic bomb in New York. He didn't have to give specific details for the reader to know that there was a bomb striking. This just goes to show that in Science fiction you don't need to give specific details about a real-life event. Although some people may think that science fiction does not make readers aware of issues in the world, it is important to remember that even though science fiction doesn't give great detail, it still makes readers aware of the event by mentioning it.
Therefore, Science fiction is causing readers to be aware of issues in the world today because technology makes people seclude themselves and refers to events occurring in the real world. Science fiction may seem unreal, however it helps you be further educated about the world around you. Without science fiction, future generations will be dumbfounded when the truth about the real world punches

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