I read a short blurb on http://io9.com/5099375/sugar-molecule-could-point-the-way-to-alien-life that a team of astrobiologist at University College London found a sugar, glycolaldehyde, at a place in our galaxy which could prove that this particular molecule, which could be crucial to creating life, may be more widespread than originally believed.
This is an example of why I want to scream, yell and stamp my feet. Here is something that hints, just hints mind you, of the potential of life in the universe outside our spherical drop of water floating somewhere in the ocean of space; yet the science community blows off science fiction as mere dreams of fancy that aren’t founded in science.
Science fiction is to entertain, excite, and spark conversation about a future we all are heading toward whether we like it our not. Our society, and the world in general is becoming a resemblance of Quakers, not wanting to change, and deathly afraid of embracing new science and new technology. Nasa has returned to technology from the 50’s and 60’s in its attempt to return to the moon. Why is this? Why haven’t we advanced our technological knowhow by 50 years?
When the golden age of science fiction was writing about bug eyed monsters, and man traveling to the stars. We invented the technology to go to the moon. Kids dreamt of going to the stars in their lifetimes. When hard science came in and said “we can write stories and make them scientifically correct,” it effectively killed science fiction as a medium, although the death has been long and painful, and it killed the dreams of going to the stars. Maybe aliens are among us here on Earth, and they don’t want us to reach the stars, what better way to stifle space exploration.
You can look but don’t touch!