Now, I list many of my favorite authors as fantasists, but that doesn't stop me from still loving the genre that I was weaned on as my first love.
And what, pray tell, was it about science fiction that appealed to me, moreso that fantasy? Well, it was the belief (right or wrong) that the future being presented was possible. Maybe not terribly likely, but possible.
Of course, along with that, comes the curiosity of what the future holds. What do we really understand about our future? Like, how long will Polaris actually act as our North Star? Or when exactly will our sun run out of fuel for sustained fusion?
Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one. This handy little poster I found at the BBC (via the fine folks at io9) lays out the future of the cosmos, given what the sciency types think given our understanding of biology and astrophysics (and chemistry and whatever other applicable discipline you care to throw in there).
Man, I'd love to have this poster on my wall.
|Clicking usually makes things bigger. I'm not sure it will in this case. Go click on the BBC link above to see the original. Go on, it's okay.|