I believe it was Harlan Ellison who once said, “There are three questions that speculative fiction,” and by that, oh best beloved, he meant science fiction, “tries to answer that no other form of literature even asks:
1. What would it be like if we had this or that gadget?
2. What might things be like if they keep going in the direction they’re going now?
3. What would we look like to beings who had never met us?”
These questions, in the hands of someone who wants to examine human behavior, can generate profound philosophical conversations while at the same time creating some kick-ass prose.
Human beings are my hobby. I am one. We’re very goofy.