10 Things Every Sci-Fi Fan Does

The worlds of science fiction often absorb us so completely that it’s hard for fans to escape its clutches. Whatever book or show we are currently obsessed with is everywhere we turn, from the news telling us how we are heading towards a certain dystopia to seeing post-apocalyptic elements from our favorite novels in our real-life cities. These stories are not just an escape but a lens from which we see all of life.

With that in mind, here are a few things that you probably do on a daily basis if you’re a die-hard sci-fi fan:

1. Try to read more non-fiction science articles, then give up and go back to reading Orwell.

You think, “Maybe I’ll read some real science articles so I can understand hard science fiction more and sound intelligent when talking about my favorite books.” That lasts about twenty minutes before you give up and head back into the world of fiction.

2. Contemplate which dystopia we are living in/heading towards. 

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Whether it’s scary scientific advancement like the evolving omnipresence of robots or two-faced politicians who could bring a scary change, sci-fi fans constantly fear which author’s dystopia our lives are heading towards. Are we entering the world of Nineteen Eighty-Four, The Handmaid’s Tale, or Brand New World?  All are scary and plausible.

3. Rewatch Firefly and wonder how something so amazing could ever be canceled.

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It’s one of the greatest shows and they just canceled it. They didn’t care that it was the best science-fiction show since Star Trek. They didn’t care about my feelings. Now, I just have to imagine how everything would play out.

4. Argue about the differences between Sci-fi and Fantasy. 

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When people come up to you and say they just read a great sci-fi book but you then have to explain to them that the Wheel of Time series is fantasy. It’s a great series but having to explain the differences between the two genres for the hundredth time becomes exhaustive.

5. E-mail Disney to ask when we’ll get an Ewan McGregor solo Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. 

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Ewan McGregor has already said that he wants to do this movie, so why isn’t it being done? He was one of the only redeemable parts of the prequels. Fans don’t want a Lando Calrissian origin story, we want to see more of Obi-Wan. Ok, maybe we want a Lando movie as well but make that Obi-wan story first, Disney. 

6. Tell everyone you know that Legion is the best new show.

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This show has been consistently impressive and under-the-radar. We have to tell everyone about the shows we like because we have a fear of them being canceled, no matter how great they are, after seeing what happened to Firefly

7. Get in a Star Trek vs. Star Wars fight.

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People will never relent on which one they hold the highest. One thing we can hopefully agree on is that they are both great (except the prequels).

8. Think of rebuttals for when people claim that great sci-fi isn’t at the level of other literary giants.

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Science fiction and fantasy have had a hard time breaking out of the pulp label — literature lovers who don’t read these genres often scoff at the books that fans have adored their whole life. We spend time in the shower or laying in bed trying to think of great rebuttals for the inevitable argument against us sci-fi fans.

9. Wish you could use the Voight-Kampff test to solidify your belief that there are cyborgs amongst us.

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In a world where empathy is increasingly seen less in everyday life, sci-fi fan wonder: are we surrounded by cyborgs? Philip K. Dick’s masterpiece Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, along with the adaptation, Blade Runner, blur the line between robot and human. All those who have read the book or seen the movie wonder afterward if they are actually surrounded by androids.

10. Try to get everyone you know to read Dune (But not watch the movie).

This is always one of the first books we recommend whenever people ask for reading material. Sci-fi fans’ love for it has not wavered; we still talk about the novel over 50 years after publication. We hope for the day there will be a great adaptation, but, for now, we can always just turn back to our beloved novel.

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