Aisha couldn’t believe her eyes. She was staring into her own eyes, except they were older and wiser and a deeper shade of brown. The older Aisha stared back at the younger Aisha.
“You look familiar,” Granny Aisha said to her younger self. “Have we met before?”
Young Aisha blinked. Should she tell the old lady that she had come from the past to help save her brother and her mother? Or should she deny ever meeting her old self? Aisha’s choice was clear.
“I don’t think we’ve ever met,” Aisha said. “I wish I could stay, but it took me about 60 years and two and a half minutes to get here.”
In a hidden compound in the Arizona desert, a group of 40 men and women lived in near perfection. They had been living in their pods for the past 20 years, ever since scientists had genetically-engineered the people in a laboratory. The scientists were now the rulers of the pod people, giving each person a career and a purpose and using each person’s life as an experiment. But the pod people were tired of being tested, prodded, and told what to do. Yet, they couldn’t think about how to overthrow the pod rulers. They had never made their own decisions before. The scientists made sure of that; they sent electrical signals to the pod people’s brains to tell them how to move, think, and behave. But the scientists forgot one thing: they forgot to control how the pod people would feel about all of this.
Tyrone looked out his bedroom window and stared into a giant hole that had materialized in the middle of the street. Green smoke oozed from the giant cracks in the road as purple lights seemed to light up the hollow void. Suddenly, a spindly claw started prying its way out of the hole. The claw looked like soft steel as it extended to Tyrone’s window. Attached to the claw was the most frightening alien face Tyrone could ever conceive. It seemed as though someone—something—was controlling it from inside the hole in the ground. Tyrone noticed an antenna with a transmitter perched on its top. The antenna and transmitter turned and whirled, taking in the scene in Tyrone’s neighborhood. From the top of the transmitter, a grenade appeared and the claw began to reach for it.
“That thing’s not going to blow up my street!” With that, Tyrone raced out the door and towards the hole. He was prepared to send this mysterious craft back to wherever it had come from.
What is Science Fiction?
Science Fiction is a genre of fictional stories not restricted to reality and based on scientific concepts. Some aspects of science fiction are realistic, but what makes science fiction a unique genre are the science-based scenarios and elements.
What is Fantasy Fiction?
Fantasy fiction contains fictionalized scenarios based completely on the fantastical, imaginary, or impossible.
What are the similarities and differences between Science Fiction and Fantasy Fiction?
In both fantasy fiction and science fiction, anything is possible in a text, but in science fiction, the story line and concepts presented are usually based on real science. It is important to recognize scientific elements to distinguish science fiction from other fantasy fiction and other genres.
What are the Elements of Science Fiction?
The elements of science fiction are: future, outer space or aliens, time travel, robots or technology, new societies, science experiments, and a good vs. evil plot line.