National Science Fiction Day:
Celebrated on 2nd January the National Science Fiction Day is an unofficial celebration in the US. It is observed by all the science fiction geeks as they explore ideas and concepts that lie beyond the grasp of current advancements in science and technology. Science Fiction serves as a window to the future of possibilities.
Why National Science Fiction Day?
A medley of science and fiction is one of the most interesting genres in literature. Science Fiction, Sci-Fi, or SF has been incorporated in subtle forms in ancient works. In the ancient world where there was hardly any distinction between myths and facts, the stories from the classics such as the “Arabian nights” and “The Tale Of The Bamboo Cutter” explore few elements of science fiction.
It is typical of Science fiction stories to explore questions that have boggled mankind’s conscience since the beginning of time. Many times the stories bring about themes of extraterrestrial life, parallel universe, time travel, the war waged between galaxies, etc creating a sense of wonder and desire to know what lies outside the monotony of our ordinary existence.
The National Science Fiction Day coincides with the birthday of a prolific American writer Issac Asimov. He was a professor of biochemistry at Boston University and is renowned for his works in science fiction. Asimov’s famous works include the “Foundation trilogy” and “Nightfall”. He coined the term “Psychohistory” in the “Foundation Trilogy” to define a fictional science based on the principles of sociology, history, and statistical mathematics employed to detect and predict the pattern of collective behavior in a particular group. Asimov also introduced the word Robotics in the Novel “Liar” in 1941.
Asimov was known for his hard science novels. Hard science fiction is a category in the Sci-fi genre which is a storyline that has its foundations based on the facts and logic, garnished with a hint of fictitious events. Whereas the soft science fiction transverse more on the arena of social, psychology, anthropology, etc and can run a wild space ride on the reigns of imagination. Though observed as an unofficial holiday, the National science fiction day gained credibility after its recognition by the American channel Hallmark and the multinational company Scholastic Corporation. Events like Comic-con and sci-fi conventions also play an important role in promoting the Sci-fi genre.
Besides the conceptual plots, science fiction storylines explore the collective response of the human race to a crisis, the future hopes, and a never-ending desire to preserve and conquer whatever comes in their way, be it, aliens, zombies, or doomsday! Creativity and science go hand in hand and it has been the fuel of scientific advancements and exceptional Sci-fi literature from the dawn of civilization.
How Can We Observe National Science Fiction Day:
- A Sci-fi Niche At Your Disposal
You can celebrate this day with Sci-fi books written by Mary Shelley, HG Wells, Issac Asimov, or your favorite author. You can visualize the wonders of Sci-fi through movies like Star Wars, Star Trek or TV series like Dark, Stranger Things, Dr. Who, etc
- Enter A parallel Universe
Host A Sci-fi themed party and dress up as your favorite characters. Seize this opportunity to find like-minded geeks and nerds to fangirl?fanboy on the stories you love.
- Appreciate The Creativity
Share posts and photos of your favorite Sci-Fi books and Authors, movies, or series on social media using #NationalScienceFictionDay and #ScienceFictionDay
Interesting Facts On National Science Fiction Day:
Few Facts Related to National Science Fiction Day!
- The term Sci-Fi was first used as an abbreviation to substitute the term Science Fiction in 1954.
- Issac Asimov’s birthdate is in ambiguity as he was not sure that his parents declared the accurate birth date in America when they migrated from Russia in 1923.
- A Sci-FI novel adaptation radio broadcast created mayhem in October 1938 as it was mistaken for a News broadcast. This confusion also became a headline in the newspaper.
- Robbert H Goddard claims that the story of the War Of The Worlds inspired him. He invented the two rockets of the Apollo 11 Mission.
History Of National Science Fiction Day:
The origin and the creator of this day remain fictitious unless you invent the time machine and get to the root of this mystery. The Sci-Fi writer, Issac Asimov’s birth date corresponds to this date and makes the celebration all the more special. This day has been observed from 2011 to honor the Sci-fi genre and its contributors.