One Small Step

Updated: Aug 4

Geoff Allshorn writes:

(NASA photo)

21st July (Australia time) marks the anniversary of one of the most significant historical events in living memory. The Apollo 11 flight (and the overall space program) was the culmination of dreams that began the first time we looked up and gazed into the skies.

Science fiction is an interesting and exciting form of story telling. But sometimes it cannot compete with the awe and glory of real-life science. But we should try.

We now live in a space age world, with technologies enhanced by the space program - everything from computers and mobile phones, to agricultural, domestic and medical equipment that improve people's lives every day. Let's get that message out there.

Science fiction should explore science, question science, experiment or challenge science, poke fun at science, propose alternative models of science - but never deny science. Science fiction should not be science friction.

We must remember that people are capable of great feats of science or engineering, and we do not need conspiracies to inflate our achievements. Moon hoax conspiracies are as fantastical as are flat earth theories or the proposal that Australia is a fake place full of paid crisis actors. Science fiction can bridge that gap, encouraging people to explore strange new worlds for themselves, balancing exciting fantasy with a healthy dose of reality.

Are you young (aged 18-35) and have something to say about sci fi? Please send your submission to for possible inclusion here.

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