I was talking to my doctor today, and I gave my standard explanation for my tattoos: “I’ve got a robot reading a book and a dragon reading a book because I’m a fan of both fantasy and sf stories.” She asked me what I could tell was an honest question: “Why do you enjoy reading science fiction? Is it just pure escapism?”
I blurted out: “No! I’d say it’s just the opposite.” Then I paused and groped around for a concise answer to such a huge question. Here’s what I came up with: “I love reading science fiction because it’s all about potential. Reading about all these things that haven’t happened yet, but have the potential to happen, is something I find fascinating.” After that we talked about the space program in the near and long term.
I’ve been thinking about it since, and I haven’t been able to come up with a significant improvement on what I said. What’s your take? Why do you enjoy this crazy brand of literature?