Defining Science Fiction With A Heart

Science Fiction was always to me excitement, action and a vehicle upon which my imagination could ride to escape the challenges that I faced daily. Then I read Frank Herbert‘s “Dune” (© copyright 1965 Frank Herbert) and it all changed, my perceptive that is,. The discovery of allegory, the intricate weaving of a new and exciting fabric, conjured from newly created silk extruded from the thought and imagings of an author. Thss provided a fresh view, a chance to see life from a different perch, high above the street, the pavement on which we routinely tread.

 Staring into these images we gain awareness of us and our life’s mission, all too often described as our purpose, a useful term and worthy of defining us. We observe the captured glimpse of us from a vantage point that we have never known existed. Do we like what we see? It matters not, the discovery is the point of the journey toward it the gift.

 It is a parable, it smiles back at us knowingly. We embrace it, the excitement, the horror the adrenalin rush. At one level we are riding the cosmic roller-coaster but at another we see deep within us to thirst that has yet to be quenched.

 Time thread manipulation represents the excitement of re-doing our lives and correcting the past mistakes or re-capturing lost opportunities. We assume that it is about us, all about our wants and desires. Could it be that we are not the center of even our own universe, even when we believe it to be so?

 Having heart is an illustration of love and compassion and the substances that commitment and integrity are built upon. Perhaps all literature has “heart”. The First of July- an Epiphanal Startling (©copyright Clifford Adrian Balson 2014)is dependent upon its readers to recognize its heart, see it and its multiple levels. Is it thinly veiled allegorical message? Perhaps, but there is definitely more!

 

The opportunity to explore it is coming March 27, 2014.

 

 

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