Welcome to Life in a Science Fiction Novel

All right, I know what the title says, and I’m going to get to that, but first I have to talk about the new Civil War trailer.

We hear both Tony and Cap talk more about why they’re doing what they’re doing.  We see what I hope is a flashback to Bucky’s Winter Soldier days.  If it isn’t, Hydra caught him again, and that’s no good.  Rhodes falls out of the sky when someone, possibly Bucky, shoots out his arc reactor.  Ant-Man rides on Hawkeye’s arrow to attack Tony.  Black Panther tries to kill Bucky, Wanda uses her hex powers on the Vision, Natasha seems conflicted, there seems to be some sort of super-human prison in the works, and Crossbones is involved, so it looks like the Nazis in the basement are pulling lots of strings in the background.  And Spider-Man steals Cap’s shield.

That’s just what I noticed when the fangirl part of my brain wasn’t stuck on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! like it was the first time I watched it.

Cap, of course, goes and says his favorite thing, “I can do this all day,” when he and Tony are beating each other up.  He’s supposed to say that to enemies when facing impossible odds, not friends.  I don’t think their already rocky relationship is going to recover after this.  Especially not if Tony finds out that the Winter Soldier killed his parents, when Steve’s still supporting Bucky.

Besides that, there aren’t many more predictions on this film that I can make than I did in my previous posts on the subject, but the trailer just reignited all my worries for my favorite characters and in a few days I might have some new thoughts.  Luckily the film comes out after finals.

Okay, back to our regularly scheduled blog:

We live in a science fiction novel.

If you disagree, it’s probably because you’ve gotten used to it.

There is a device in my pocket that I can use to access the entirety of human knowledge on virtually every subject.  Many of you likely also have one.

I use this device to interact with people on the other side of the planet, and look at pictures of the surface of Pluto.  And watch movie trailers.

Five years ago, I heard people talking about 3D printers and thought it was a hoax.  Now we can replace damaged vertebrae with 3D printed ones.  And we do.

We have empirical evidence of the existence of gravitational waves.

Flowers have been grown on the International Space Station.  Space zinnias.

Artificial intelligence is becoming more and more advanced by the year.

We are using twin studies to determine the effects of long-term space travel on the human body so we can send people to Mars.

Physics might not know where most of the matter in the universe actually is, but it does know that it’s missing.

How cool is that?

Those are just the more recent and exciting developments.  So many advances we’ve already accepted as ordinary, like machines that can look inside a person’s body and show us what’s wrong with them, and goggles that can help people see using light from the non-visible spectrum.

It’s easy to forget what a magnificent time we live in when we get caught up in the rush of everyday life and hear about seventeen different varieties of disasters on the news every time we tune in.

Maybe I’m just an art student doing something only slightly more advanced than cave painting every day in preparation to make a living out of it, but this stuff is exciting.  No, it isn’t like the science fiction novels or superhero comics that people have been writing for decades, and we don’t have hoverboards yet, but those stories were just the predictions.  This is the real thing.  We have made so much progress in the past two decades alone that it’s dizzying to imagine what might happen in the upcoming years.

Which is what we science fiction geeks and storytellers are here for.  The imagining bit.

Is there a lot of things we still need to do?  Absolutely.  Are people still terrible at being decent to one another?  A lot of them, yes.  But looking at how far we’ve come, all the cultural and scientific changes we’ve had over the years, most of them for the better, I have hope for the future.

 

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