Science Fiction Day, first celebrated in 2012, is January 2. The unofficial holiday corresponds to the birthday of author Isaac Asimov, one of the fathers of modern-day science fiction. With a PhD in biochemistry, Asimov advocated “hard” science fiction – based on actual science as opposed to fantasy. With almost 500 books to his credit, he coined the terms “robotics” and “spome.”
(I assume everyone knows what “robotics” is. A “spome” – from the words “space” and “home” – is a self-contained system capable of sustaining human life.)
In 1964, Asimov imagined what the world might be like in 2014, 50 years in the future. Many of his predictions have not become reality. (Fusion power plants! Moving sidewalks! Moon colonies!) On the other hand…
“Communications will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone. The screen can be used not only to see the people you call but also for studying documents and photographs and reading passages from books. Synchronous satellites, hovering in space will make it possible for you to direct-dial any spot on earth…”
What’s the best way to celebrate Science Fiction Day? The same way you celebrate the New Year. Read a book. Learn something new about science.
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