A thought came to my head the other day. What has made a greater impact on the current world? Non-fiction or fiction? And by fiction I mean more specifically sci-fi/fantasy fiction?
It seems like so much of the sci-fi/fantasy fiction of past decades speaks to so many even now. Has influenced so many and continues to do so. The Hobbit books, definitely fantasy fiction, still speaks to people on so many levels. It speaks of good vs evil, the established “governments” and how they become corrupt and eventually too big and ego ridden for their own good. How all it takes is a few with determination, drive and a “way” to change the world. Even the Lord of the Rings book, The Two Towers, at the time it was coming out as a movie, made people think back to September 11th and conspiracy theories exploded about the correlation between the book and real life – and what exactly DID the author know before its time…
1984. Big brother. Who hasn’t thought that the world has gotten smaller and there is nothing you can do that can’t be spied upon? We can honestly say we are constantly being watched. We are constantly being monitored in some form or fashion – video, audio, internet, phone, texts, emails, et al. Who exactly is watching whom? And why??
Non-fiction seems to speak for the moment, for the time it was written in. Sci-fi/fantasy touches on the imagination, the what if, the futuristic. It can and has sparked the imagination of engineers and scientist who then take that spark and make it into something real. So again, I ask the question… What has been more influencial?