Scientific Culture, a blog on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America blog, describes the “scientific community” as a group of individuals who are “not bound by a specific set of values or conventions.
In the science fiction and fantasy community, this is called the ‘scientific community’ and it is often the most vocal, loud, and powerful of all those who form a fandom.”
This is the same idea that “The Science Fiction Society” espouses.
And in fact, there are many more than just “The SFF Society.”
“Science fiction and its genre have always been the most influential and diverse of all science fiction, fantasy, and horror communities,” writes author and science fiction historian Steven Novella.
“It’s the only genre that has never existed outside of its immediate cultural contexts and within the boundaries of its creator.
As such, its influence has been vast, encompassing not just the world of SF, but also the world around it.”
For example, many of the writers who created science fiction in the 1980s and ’90s also created popular science fiction anthologies that have since sold millions of copies, including the first volume of The Amazing Stories of the Human Brain by Stephen King, which sold over a million copies.
“If you look at a science fiction author’s career over the last two decades, they’ve produced a great many novels, novellas, and short stories that have helped shape the culture of science fiction,” Novellas said.
“They’re the ones who invented the phrase ‘science fiction writer’ and gave it a very specific meaning that no one else could have dreamed of.
It’s a word that has become almost synonymous with science fiction.”
Science fiction, which can be defined as stories set in or about a universe or other reality that has not yet been scientifically observed, is an increasingly popular genre, but many scientists, writers, and critics are worried that “the cultural zeitgeist” has been hijacked by those who want to create an alternative to science fiction.
In his book The Culture of Science, science fiction writer and former National Science Foundation Director of Science Francis Collins warns that there is a growing number of “social critics” who “are convinced that the science of our time is fundamentally incompatible with their worldview.”
Collins said he is concerned that “science fiction is a cultural weapon of the very people who are trying to use it to justify political agendas.”
As a writer, Collins said that he has been attacked for writing books like the novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1991), which is set in a world in which the United States is an apartheid state.
Collins said it is a good thing that “there’s an alternative,” but that “we have to recognize that science fiction is not a good substitute for the reality we have in this country.”
Science Fiction, Science and Science Fiction: The New Science Fiction Writers of the 21st Century article Collins also warned that those who are pushing the “new science” and who use “science” as an insult and as an excuse to deny science should be condemned as “white supremacists” who seek to “make science as black and white as possible.”
“The idea that science is not just a tool for the establishment of social control and the exploitation of the masses is a myth, a lie, a distortion of reality, and a dangerous delusion,” Collins said.
But “it is not simply a fact, and it has always been so.
It is the history of the world that has made science so valuable.”
Science and the future of science: the future science fiction writers of the future, by Steven Nadella, Science Fiction Review, 2016.
Image credit: Stephen King.
Science Fiction author and Science Writer of the Year Peter Weir said that there are a lot of people who “want to turn science fiction into a weapon in the battle against social change, because it is, after all, a tool of the state.”
He added that, “It is a tool that can be used to manipulate the masses.”
“In the same way that it was used in the past to silence critics and suppress dissent, it can be employed to suppress criticism of the establishment and to silence dissent from it.
It should never be used as an instrument of political control or of suppression, nor should it be used for its ostensible purpose of science,” he said.
And, “the truth is that the real enemy of the people in the modern age is not science fiction but the establishment.”
“We are not talking about a new enemy, which is that of the technocrats,” said Weir.
“We’re talking about the people who wield power by manipulating science and its ability to tell us the truth.
It seems to me that we are in the midst of the new enemy of science.
It looks like the next step in the history, and that’s to be the end of the scientific revolution.”
“I’m not sure that this is a