An unfortunately realisation has come to me. Science fiction is limited. Speculation and extrapolation has to be capped … masses won’t entertain concepts or story lines which don’t tug at their personal heart strings. Story writers rely on the masses – the general population – to fund their continued ability to write. Masses can’t dream to speculatively, because once the basic principles of who they are and how they operate are surmounted, the story line becomes to challenging. The recent trophy hunting and murder of enigmatic Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe recently caught the global consciousness. The continued prolonged systematic torture and gruesome murder of cows, whales and other animals deemed utilities’ for our existence is ignored ... · Masses selectively choose their focus, based on their heart strings and based on what they need. They feel bad for an animal which is relatively rare (albeit one which would rip their face off given the chance aka Travis the chimp … http://60minutes.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8436363 ) · Masses choose to ignore what they regard as their right at the top of the food chain, even though the ongoing cruelty and abuse is far more insidious and malign – and overarching into a system of murder far more demanding and inhumane than any hunt of Cecil which reportedly left him wounded and struggling for life 40 hours before he was beheaded and skinned … Admittedly, the above analogy is not science fiction. The issue is more the ability of the masses to only put themselves out of their skin on a very limited and selective basis. It’s about ignition … what can ignite people generally. Certain stories appeal to certain people – that’s obvious … therefore to get any general indication of the scope of what can appeal to the masses, the only real basis is what is popular … and then the issue of a parred down scope of science fiction. I have an issue with the extrapolation that in the future, humans will be (generally) the same as we are now – biologically, mentally … motivationally … In most stories there is a protagonist, or an evil empire or some other device, and a heroic figure or matriarchy (or any other given device) which are all based on what exists NOW, and what we allow to exist in our minds now … There are a variety of exceptions to this rule – but by far the majority of writing postulates that in the future, the experience of humans is basically the way we are now. As I mentioned, there are a variety of exceptions. I read Charles Stross Saturn’s Children series with interest and they were all based around the premise of the extinction of the human species and the rise of dominance (have we heard that one before?). His writing style, and the slant of the series put an interesting spin on the concept … but … the motivations of the individuals was mostly human. So … we overcame the reliance on biological foundations … but we had to fall back on those key aspects that drove the decisions of the main characters … One example of getting into another reality is Greg Egan with his exploration in many stories of uploading into virtual worlds. His ideas seemed to relish dislocation and complete other-worldliness – and his rational argument seems an excellent ultimate conception of a line of thought … Of course, there are people who are exceptions to this rule. There is a gradient – a bell curve if you will … It seems only a few outliers really relish things completely outside their existence. Maybe only a few are allowed into the realms of "Infinite Fun Space". But how fast is humanity really changing? Are we evolving? Restrictions on biological science and experimentation seems limited and tentative … but surely there are concepts coming into reality underground? Surely the ever expanding limits of science continue to challenge social norms … doesn’t it? Well .. .does it really? Defying age, medical science with augmentation and military science continues to broach new bounds … but how break through and reality-challenging is this? Do we see anything which really delivers matter transmutation (Star Trek replicator style) or nano technology which would challenge the scarcity situation? Do we really ever see ideas of uploading consciousness onto technology or biology? The idea of karking our beings into something entirely different, and the requirements and living situations which would eventuate are not really within people’s ability to reach … I’d love to hear people’s ideas which challenge this diatribe … please feel free to write back to me!