Science Fiction Disguised as a Philosophy

February 12, 2018

In this blog, I'd like to clarify the classification of the book. When I attempt to describe the book to others, a common question is whether the genre is philosophy or science fiction.

 

In the short-story series, we run into time travel, our alien descendants, and artificial intelligence. However, the main text certainly sounds like philosophy. But really, it's science fiction that's disguised as a philosophical prose. Beside the intention to fuse both genres, the reason is rather simple - the theme of progress is forward looking, and we most definitely do look ahead. Speculating what may or may not happen in the future is certainly a work of fiction.

 

So, should the book be found below the bookshelf that holds H. G. Wells' "Time Machine" or Ray Bradbury’s "The Martial Chronicles"? Or, can it get away with standing on the bottom shelf of the same section where one would find great works by Bertrand Russell, Rene Descartes, and Aristotle? Other feedback I've received is that its optimistic tone can make the book pass for one on self-improvement - perhaps neighboring with Rhonda Byrne's "The Secret" or Dalai Lama XIV's "The Art of Happiness."

 

Ultimately, it must be labeled in one way or another; otherwise, it'll be neither here nor there. So, for the reason above, let's settle on science fiction - even if it is disguised.

 

 

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