In January of this year we opened a GoFundMe campaign for my mother who was (and to some extent still is) going through some terrible times. Because of the cascade of events and how much she was giving in terms of time and money to help the people around her stay afloat, her life was falling apart.
We didn’t expect much when we opened the campaign. I remember telling my team mate, Chloe, that I’d be shocked and elated if we even broke $5,000. Imagine our surprise when together, you contributed $10,000 within the first 24hrs, and then when you all went on to contribute $21,000 in the month following.
A veil has been lifted from our eyes. We see you, and feel your love, and appreciate you. We might not know each of you, we might not be able to interact with you on an individual basis, but the feeling of love and gratitude is very real.
To everyone who donated or helped to spread the word, thank you. You’ve saved my mother from ruin, and saved my family.
How does a species attain its perfection? What must mankind do to hurdle all barriers and begin its ascension? Under the guidance of their long-dead exemplar, a master and pupil embark on a journey to find out.
For such an important and well-loved genre, sci-fi is rather difficult to define. Is it space opera? High-brow philosophical parables? Serious speculation about the future of technology? Is it all of those things? And then, what *isn’t* it?
In this episode, we attempt to “solve” this puzzling genre by answering one simple question: “what is science fiction?”