- Aliens can be a metaphor for the "Other," and how we view the aliens can reflect how we treat marginalized people in our own society
- The first interracial kiss shown on TV was on Star Trek. (It might have been more acceptable in a science fiction context than in a mainstream one.)
- Women have been dressing as handmaids from The Handmaid's Tale at political protests
- Dystopian novels like The Hunger Games, where a teenager challenges a corrupt system, had inspired teenagers with their own protests.
Monday, May 07, 2018
Science Fiction and Society
Last week, I got to be part of a project on science fiction. A friend of mine has a son who was preparing a report on the subject, and since he needed to interview a science fiction author, he asked me. His topic turned out to be how science fiction influences society. He already had examples of scientists who chose their discipline because of science fiction, so I gave him another angle: how science fiction affects politics and protests. Here are a few points I made during the interview: