Why is Science Fiction Increasing in Popularity?

Why is Science Fiction Increasing in Popularity?

 I’m not sure if the genre is increasing in popularity or if it’s now “okay” to admit you are a fan of the genre without fear of being accused of being a foil hat wearer.

On July 26, 2023, a House Oversight subcommittee held a hearing on UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects.) Subcommittee members heard testimony from three former military officials about the unexplained sightings of flying objects, and our government’s possession of “alien” now referred to as non-human biological matter.

The former military officials agreed the government knows and has known and concealed much more than they’ve informed Americans.

Honestly, who hasn’t known that our government knows more than they’ve shared for decades? The difference I believe is some of us haven’t admitted we believe that out loud.

Many experts believe that most UFOs can be attributed to satellites. According to statista.com At any given time the United States has 5798 satellites circling the Earth. The Commonwealth of Independent States (Russia) has 1546, China 601, United Kingdom 552, Japan 208, India 110, European Space Agency 93, France 91, International Telecommunications Satellite Organization 86, Global Star 84 and Germany 79 and Canada 76.

Other sightings could also be attributed to drones, spy balloons, weather balloons, and commercial aircraft.

David Grusch a former US intelligence official informed the representatives that he is certain that the federal government has possession of non-human biological matter and objects. The Pentagon continues to deny any knowledge of such items in US government possession.

When asked about the funding of a government secret organization Grusch responded the effort is funded by a misappropriation of funds and is above congressional oversight.

I reached out to three of my favorite sci-fi writers. I hope you enjoy their take on why sci-fi has become a top-selling genre.

I’d love to hear what you think is out there.

Dina Santorelli’s bio:

Dina Santorelli is an award-winning, best-selling author of thriller and suspense novels. She was voted one of the best Long Island authors for two consecutive years. Baby Grand, her debut novel and the first book in the Baby Grand Trilogy, became a #1 Political Thriller, #1 Kidnapping Thriller, and #1 Organized Crime Thriller and landed on Kindle’s Top 30. Dina’s mystery thriller In the Red was awarded First Place, Genre Fiction, in the 28th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, and her latest thriller, The Reformed Man, was a Finalist, Adult Fiction, in the 2023 New York Author Project. Dina also lectures for Hofstra University’s Continuing Education Department, and she is an Indie Author Project Ambassador for the Library Journal and an Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi).

The Book:

Interview with Dina:

(Doreen) I read The Reformed Man months ago and it is still with me. Where did this story come from?

(Dina) I had a dream a few years back about two young men running toward the “future.” The dream was a lot clearer to me at the time and there was more to it, but that’s all I remember now. The Reformed Man — all 500+ pages of it — was based on that dream.
(Doreen)Were any of your characters crafted after “real” people?

(Dina) No, none of them were. Made them all up. 🙂

(Doreen) Why do you think the Sci-Fi genre is so popular now?

(Dina) Gosh, I honestly don’t know. I never intended to write a sci-fi thriller. I just knew I had to explore that dream I had. I would imagine sci-fi is so popular because it allows us to escape our present. Interestingly, there’s lots of that “present” in The Reformed Man, so there’s not much escapism there. I view it as a thriller book with sci-fi themes because they are entrenched in reality. Climate change. Social justice. I touch on lots of challenging issues that we face today.

(Doreen) How do you think Sci-Fi reflects today’s society?

(Dina) Hmmm… Maybe it takes the things that frighten us the most and exaggerates them.

(Doreen) How do you think science fiction differs from speculative fiction? How are they the same?

(Dina) I’m probably the worst person to ask this question too. I think I’m genre-challenged. LOL! There’s so much crossing genre nowadays it’s hard to label books. As a writer, I think that’s a good thing, but I can understand how it can be challenging for readers who are trying to find genres to read. As for your question, if I were to hazard a guess, I would say that sci-fi falls under the speculative fiction umbrella.

(Doreen) What are your thoughts on AI? How about AI fears?

(Dina) I think AI is happening, whether we like it or not. I just came back from a publishing conference, where AI was discussed at length — particularly, what it means for authors. I don’t worry about AI replacing authors. We all have our unique points of view, and I think that’s something that AI cannot replicate. At least, not yet. And as a tool, AI is not an all-or-nothing proposition for writers. There are authors out there using AI to help them plan books or market books. It’s used for efficiency. That aspect of AI is something I’d like to investigate. As for AI writing books, yes, that’s out there happening too. But I have no interest in that. I became a writer to write my books. And if that means banging my head against my keyboard to come up with ideas or ways to close a plot hole, dammit I will do it! 🙂

(Doreen) I must ask; do you believe in aliens?

(Dina) Sure, why not? I believe anything is possible.

(Doreen) When it comes to your books who was your favorite character to develop?

(Dina) As a general statement, writing villains is WAY fun. Whether it’s Bailino of the Baby Grand Trilogy or Benedikt Rafnkelsson of The Reformed Man, I enjoy tapping into the dark side of humanity and wreaking all kinds of havoc.

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Alex’s Bio:

Alex J. Cavanaugh works in web design and graphics and is experienced in technical editing. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

The Books


Interview with Alex:

(Doreen) When did the sci-fi bug first bite you? What was the first book and TV show or movie you remember watching in the genre?

 (Alex) The first book was Robert Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Or at least it was one of the first. I remember reading it but not understanding it. I was probably around nine or so. The first show I remember watching was the original Star Trek series.

(Doreen) What do you think of Space X? What do you think of the Space Force?

 (Alex) With Space X, I think it’s amazing we are privatizing space travel. That opens so many opportunities. As for Space Force, I wish it was the beginning of the Stargate program…

(Doreen) Do you agree with Ray Bradberry that many science fiction stories depict disaster?

 I don’t think any more than other genres. They probably depict more end-of-the-world disasters since that often falls under science fiction. But if by disaster he meant things going wrong, all stories would be boring if something didn’t go wrong somewhere.

(Doreen) What “old” sci-fi works do you believe accurately predicted the future?

(Alex) Star Trek! No, we can’t teleport, but we do have iPads and shuttles now. Also 1984. It’s terrifying how much our government watches and surveys us now. And wants to control us.

(Doreen) What are your thoughts on AI? Your fears?

(Alex) Haven’t we watched enough science fiction movies to know that AI will only bring about our destruction?

(Doreen) Have you read any of the newly released files on space?

 (Alex) If you’re referring to UAPs, I can say, based on the videos I’ve watched, I have no idea what they are. I find them both intriguing and very disturbing.

(Doreen) When it comes to your books who was your favorite character to develop?

 (Alex) It would have to be Byron, the main character of the Cassa series. (Although a minor character in the final book.) Since the stories jumped many years ahead, I got to see his growth as his life passed from one phase to the next.





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Gene’s bio:

Author Gene Abel has published numerous professional articles. He has a B.S. in Finance from Penn State University and an MBA from Lehigh University.

Gene is a retired Army colonel who graduated from the War College. He is retired as COO of Pennsylvania’s third largest school system and lives in Bucks County Pennsylvania.

The Books:

Gene’s Interview:

(Doreen) Which science fiction movie from the past would you like to see remade?

(Gene) War of the Worlds.

(Doreen) Why do you think science fiction has become so popular recently?

(Gene) People like an escape from their normal lives. Also, there is renewed interest in, and fascination with all things space and aliens.

(Doreen) Do you have any fears of AI? Any thoughts on why it may be helpful?

(Gene) AI like the internet can be a great tool if applied properly. However, if used to deceive people or as part of weapons systems the danger could be great. If AI were linked to the power of Quantum computers, the results could be hard to control. There have been Sci-Fi movies about computers taking over. It could be used to speed up research, for facial recognition, and for crime control.

(Doreen) What are your thoughts on Space X? What are your thoughts on The Space Force?

(Gene) I think combining the efforts of government, academia, and free enterprise can result in amazing innovation and solutions. The space shuttle is a good example. The Space Force is a logical outcome of our exploration and use of space.

(Doreen) What do you believe The Space Force’s main mission should be?

(Gene) First and foremost to protect us from any enemies that would attempt to use space against us. That will require both offensive and defensive systems. Lasers focused on energy weapons, pulse devices as well as observation. The second mission, I believe, should be to learn more about extraterrestrials and to be prepared for them, should they choose to make contact.

(Doreen) When it comes to your sci-fi series who was your favorite character to develop?

(Gene) Special Agent Lou Hershman. He had the insight and was the most important member of the time travel team.









3 Responses to “Why is Science Fiction Increasing in Popularity?”

  • Tyrean Martinson:

    I loved the different perspectives in these interviews and enjoyed reading your perspective, too. I think it’s disturbing to see the stuff coming out about aliens, because the oddity of the way it’s being handled seems to indicate there is a lot more that isn’t being said. However, it isn’t a faith-breaker for me as a Christian sci-fi enthusiast. I think God created the universe and God was/is/will always be incredibly creative – why would He stop with just us?

  • Excellent interview, Alex and Doreen. I very much enjoy learning new things about you, Alex. If you ever quit your day job as novelist you could be a movie critic. Your taste in films if spot on.

  • Thanks so much for featuring me!

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