I love how speculative fiction asks "what if" of the impossible, but what I love even more is when it asks "what if" of that which is probable.
(Caution: the video in this blog contains National Geographic footage of severe skin burns)
Speculative fiction is fuel for the future and whets the appetite of the eaters of words.
Bradbury's idea of science fiction is that it is a necessary problem-solving mechanism, taking the issues and problems of today and extrapolating, predicting, and exploring them in an imaginative context. What do you think?
This is the essence of speculative fiction--what could happen? What will it be like? What does it tell us about ourselves, about the world? Because, as we well know, the best science fiction and fantasy stories don't just entertain, they look in upon our own human nature and tell us about it.
A friend of mine named Troy shared the video below with me yesterday, saying this:
"Jedd, I know you've got a million things in that noggin that you want to write about, but I have to give you just one more! I love keeping current with biotech, and there have been some things going on recently that would make for a nice "peek" into the future. ... If I'm right, it won't be long now (if it hasn't been done already) before a high profile celeb on the downhill run of their career goes into a "boutique", has their skin and some fat removed, and then resprayed with their new skin. When you think it through there are a lot of possibilities with this. It's actually kind of scary."
Jedd Cole is a professional writer and author of short speculative fiction. He resides in Ohio where he is completing a degree in Rhetoric & Professional Writing, crafting short stories in every time-nook he can find, all while frequenting the pages of imaginary worlds with his wonderful wife, Heather, and no pets. None.