Thursday, August 27, 2009

Science Fiction: Exploring Possible vs. Permissible

"Science has everything to say about what is possible. Science has nothing to say about what is permissible."
--Charles Krauthammer

This is quote touches upon an important aspect of writing Science Fiction, opening the mind's eye to a question that inevitably starts as: "What if..."

Through "What if" questions, one can explore both scientific wonders and moral consequences. A truly endless array of possibilities limited only by a writer's imagination .


  1. Thanks, Cher Green.

    Charles Krauthammer is a political columnist, but politics often play a major role in SF short stories and novels, as do moral consequences.

  2. Interesting quote, as well as your additional comment about moral consequences.

  3. Thanks, Sandy.

    I've always found Charles Krauthammer thoughtful and interesting both when I do and even when I don't agree with him.