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Science Fiction is a Dying Art ?

Updated on April 20, 2014

Science Fiction is a dying art. The meer fact that you are reading this on whatever you are reading it on and the fact of what I have written this on, proves that it is so.

There was a day, I can remember, wishing I could have one of those cool 'things' they use on Star Trek to talk to each other. Today, not more than 5o years later, I have a cell phone (smart phone). Science Fiction is a dying art. I also wished I could be 'beamed-up' or Telle-ported, by Scottie, but I think I'll have to wait a little longer for that. Unless it already exists somewhere in the catacombs of our governments maze of secret what-not. I wouldn't be surprised at all, at all. I've heard that we the people advance only 4 years to every 44 years our "secret government" advances. They certainly wouldn't want us to think we don';t need them. Reminds me of my hub page, 'Time Travel - Remember when we didn't believe in it.' Did you know that 'time travel' was never thought of, never printed and the words never used until H.G. Wells used them in his book?

Science Fiction is a dying art. There was a day when I wished I could be able to use one of those devices to breath under water, that I read about it the book, 'Twenty Thousand leagues under the sea' by Jules Verne. Less than ten years later Jacques Cousteau not only used one on his program but was instrumental in it's invention. The Aqua Lung, like the cell phone, are reasons Science Fiction is a dying art. Any future sci-fi book or flick won't be the same with them. They will become 'common-place' items. As will the computer, laptop, video games or whatever else 'comes down the pike' or whatever 'they' allow us to use and feel so futuristic and universal. How many times in your life have you said, "well what will they think of next."

Science Fiction is a Dying Art. There was a day I wished that I, or we as a people, would be advanced enough to be able to travel in space, like it had in the comic books and on TV. Then ZZZZZZAP - ZWEEXX !, shortly after we went to the moon for the first time. Atleast it looked like we did. I watched it in a small black and white TV, that had to be hit on the top of it to get something or other corrected. Be it 'snow' or 'static' or 'voice cracking' or 'no picture at all' there was always an issue with it. Now, fast forward, I have a HD flat screen, not with cable anymore but online streaming. At this day and age I can order a pizza from the TV set while watching a movie, while texting, while emailing a friend my skypay number .... hold on, my cell is humming. Jeez, science fiction is dying all around us as we speak. We are living in it. It has morphed into non-fiction.

Pause and hover with me here for a spell. Was it not science fiction in the day, as well as heresy, to even utter such talk as, "the World is round like the Moon?" Wasn't it science fiction that we could ever start a fire with a match, let alone a lighter. It was sci-fi that one can light a room with electricity instead of candles. Sci-fi that we can use a car now instead of a horse. Television was once science fiction. It was once sci-fi that people could talk to one another over a long electrical wire. Then it was sci-fi that we could talk to one another without the long wire. It was once sci-fi that we could breath under water with a contraption that could be strapped over our shoulders. Sci-fi that we can fly without wings. (remember, "If God had meant us to fly He'd given us wings") Computers were right out of the sci-fi books, comics and movies. And the movies; there were many people who ran scared out of the theater when they saw their first movie. Then it was sci-fi that we would be able to fly in outer space. Sci-fi when we thought we could travel in that outer space to another planet, and no less, land and walk on that planet. Wasn't it sci-fi to think there would be a space station one day? And hey, robots were once science fiction, now they really exist. Science Fiction is a dying art. Good God in the heavens, there's only a few things left for the sci-fi artist to work their spell with. Are you ready for this one? And the big one .... the 'alien thing' ! This one will really cause the art of science fiction to dye.

Though some of you haven't quite made the 'shift' yet, or aloud yourself to do so, no matter how many 'out side stimulants' show you otherwise .... that it was science fiction to think of any space brothers and sisters out there in the vastness of it all, no matter how shockingly vast it is out there in the final frontier. But that's OK, take your time. You know that you're going to be proven wrong anyway someday. 'You guys' always have been. And hey don't worry, they, the 'UFO/Aliens R' US ! They are a huge part of the reason we are so advanced.

"There is no Science Fiction anymore, we are now living it." -JR Hager

I bet-cha the 'Aliens' have no 'science fiction' whats so ever. They grew out of it like we are, and have been. But, I dare say, they might have jokes about us. It's only fare.

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Bendable Smart Phone

Your shiny new smartphone is cool, no doubt. It has a ton of apps and can do just about anything — anything, but bend, that is. Dubbed “Youm” by developer Samsung, the prototype technology that’s on the cusp of mass-market-mobile takeover uses organic light emitting diode displays (OLED), and is totally flexible, with some engineers claiming it’s nearly unbreakable.

Transparent Aluminum Armor

What starts as powder and suddenly becomes so powerful it can withstand bullets? Well, with a little bit (OK a lot) of heat and pressure: the latest in transparent armor. Lighter and even stronger than bulletproof glass, the Air Force has been testing aluminum oxynitride (ALON) in hopes of replacing windows in its aircraft. And judging by the fact that the clear ceramic material can stop a .50-caliber rifle’s bullet traveling 2,700 feet per second — normally powerful enough to slice through a lightly armored vehicle like butter — we’d say that’s a more-than-justified investment.


As seen on “Star Wars” and yes “Star Trek,” and just about every galaxy far, far away has envisioned a future wherein we can beam a more “realized” version of ourselves to a distant receiver. While the likes of FaceTime and Skype are nothing to sneeze at, technology developed by Cisco and AT&T is already taking us one step further by allowing a more immersive version of video conferencing. By leveraging state-of-the-art tech sensitive to audio, video, and ambient lighting, teleconferencing kits mirror one’s sounds and surroundings in order to more accurately mimic each side of the two-way communication so that both distant parties feel as though they’re in the same room.

Military Exoskeleton

Sci-fi films from “Avatar” to “Elysium” have envisioned the soldier of the future, and from the looks of it, today’s battlefield isn’t too far off. Several iterations (starting with GE’s Hardiman in 1966) have brought concepts to life with mixed results, but the most advanced to date is arguably the Raytheon Sarcos XOS.

3D Printing

Already on the market and not without its share of controversy, 3D printing is just beginning to revolutionize our personal lives and impact nearly every corner of scalable manufacturing. Allowing users to create virtually any shape from a digital model. From industrial to domestic use, an additive process using successive layers of material is able to create anything from bikes to underwear, toys from kid drawings, “foods,” and yes, even firearms.


We know what you’re thinking: Finally. As the standard to which we’ve measured how far from “the future” we perpetually remain, the jetpack — despite countless iterations over the years with mixed results — is now a reality, and it may hit the market by next year. Far-Out.

German architect André Broessel, of Rawlemon, has looked into his crystal ball and seen the future of renewable energy. In this case it's a spherical sun-tracking solar energy-generating globe -- essentially a giant glass marble on a robotic steel frame. But this marble is no toy. It concentrates both sunlight and moonlight up to 10,000 times -- making its solar harvesting capabilities 35 percent more efficient than conventional dual-axis photovoltaic designs.

Rawlemon was a finalist in the World Technology Network Award 2013 with the globe's design and afterward produced this latest version, called Betaray, which can concentrate diffuse light such as that from a cloudy day.

March 31, 2014 - Researchers at the University of Michigan unveiled plans for a Graphene contact lens that could let you see in the dark, providing its wearer infrared ‘night vision’.

Graphene is capable of detecting the entire infrared spectrum, the visible and ultraviolet light.

But graphene because is only one-atom thick, it can absorb only 2.3 percent of the light that hits it, which is not enough to generate an electrical signal. Without a signal, it can’t operate as an infrared sensor.

Zhaohui Zhong, assistant professor at the University of Michigan, in a press release, said:

“The challenge for the current generation of graphene-based detectors is that their sensitivity is typically very poor. It’s a hundred to a thousand times lower than what a commercial device would require.”

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    • johnwindbell profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      There's no reason to hate to say anything. Very good, TR, I heard of that story as well. Nice to hear from you. You are so right. But then there is no wrong. When we evolve more into the homo-gelatic there won't be a need to 'science fiction' as there won't be a need to 'entertainment' or 'fun' or any of those frivolities or our evolutionary past.

    • T R Brown Author profile image

      T Richard Brown 

      5 years ago from Orem, UT, USA

      I hate to say it but this reminds me a bit of the story of the head of Lincolns patent office. Legend has it the man wanted to close the office because he believed everything possible had been invented. The rate of technological change makes science fiction harder to write and it gives less time between something being novel and seeming dated but that's true of all fiction these days (watch a show and you can tell when it was made by the style of the phones). On the other hand this rate of change makes the cautionary elements of sci-fi more important than ever.


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