January 2nd

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Every year on January 2nd, we honor and appreciate the world of science fiction through National Science Fiction Day. This day presents a tribute to the boundless creativity, innovative technological ideas, captivating alternate realities, and cosmic journeys that are hallmarks of science fiction.

It also extends a warm welcome to both seasoned enthusiasts and those new to the genre to immerse themselves in the exciting universe of science fiction, spanning across literature, movies, and television shows alike.

History of National Science Fiction Day

Celebrated yearly on the 2nd day of January, mostly in the United States, is National Science Fiction Day. This date was chosen as it corresponds with the birthday of renowned science fiction author, Isaac Asimov. It is on this day that tributes are made to his life and works.

Isaac Asimov was not only a respected writer but also a professor of biochemistry. His writing portfolio is impressively vast, including or editing more than 500 books. His stories often explored science fiction, and his contribution to the genre has been profoundly influential.

The initiation of National Science Fiction Day can be traced back to enthusiasts within science fiction fandom, although there is no formal documentation of the first observation. Despite lacking governmental recognition as an official day of celebration, National Science Fiction Day has resonated with many, gaining traction with each passing year.

The rise of internet usage and the reach of social media platforms have also propelled this day into the public eye. Currently, National Science Fiction Day is acknowledged and celebrated by fans of the genre, using the day to express their enthusiasm for science fiction in its various forms, be it books, television, or movies.

National Science Fiction Day Timeline

Publication of Frankenstein

Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus' is published. Often cited as one of the earliest examples of science fiction literature.

From the Earth to the Moon

Jules Verne's 'From the Earth to the Moon' is published. It is a pioneering piece in the area of space travel.

Publication of The Time Machine

H.G. Wells' 'The Time Machine', one of the earliest works to popularise the concept of time travel, is published.

Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics

Isaac Asimov formulates the Three Laws of Robotics in his short story 'Runaround', setting a standard for AI behavior in sci-fi literature.

Star Trek Premiere

The first Star Trek television series premieres, bringing the genre into homes across America, spawning multiple spin-offs and movies.

Release of 'Star Wars'

The first movie in the epic space opera franchise by George Lucas.

Avatar: 3D Filmmaking

James Cameron's 'Avatar' is released, pushing boundaries in 3D filmmaking and CGI technology.

National Science Fiction Day

January 2nd is celebrated as National Science Fiction Day.

Ideas to Celebrate National Science Fiction Day

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Read a Classic

There's magic in diving into the realm sci-fi literature classics such as Dune, or The War of the Worlds. Let's honour National Science Fiction Day with immersing ourselves in their pages.

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Movie Marathon

What better way to commemorate this day than by undergoing an epic journey through beloved science fiction movies or series? Consider Star Wars, Star Trek or The Matrix; they await your exploration.

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Sci-Fi Themed Party

Summon your friends for a convivial gathering, tinged with the excitement of cosplaying as iconic characters from your favorite sci-fi universe. It's a fun and interactive way to celebrate the day.

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Write Your Own Story

An interesting suggestion might be to pen your very own short science fiction story. The process of crafting your own universe can provide a fresh perspective and deeper appreciation of the genre.

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Sci-Fi Games Night

A spirited session of sci-fi themed board games or video games with your comrades offers a perfect toast to the genre.

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Attend Sci-Fi Conventions

Participating in an offline or online sci-fi convention is a sterling way to acknowledge the day, meet new people and immerse yourself in the beloved genre.

6 Interesting Facts About Science Fiction

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Origin of the term 'science fiction'

It was Hugo Gernsback, a towering figure in the modern era of science fiction, who first introduced the term 'scientifiction' around the 1920s. This moniker gradually evolved into the more familiar 'science fiction' by the 1930s.

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Science fiction predicts future technologies

Interestingly, several of the futuristic technologies in use today were first visualized in science fiction narratives. For example, Arthur C. Clarke was the first to propose the concept of a 'geostationary satellite' back in 1945.

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Jules Verne's Uncanny Predictions

Jules Verne's works, resonating with science fiction elements, were visionary in predicting numerous scientific breakthroughs. His 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea' foresaw submarines, whereas 'From the Earth to the Moon' presented the idea of lunar modules long before their time.

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Mary Shelley: Mother of Sci-Fi

'Frankenstein', a novel that emerged from the pen of English writer Mary Shelley in 1818, is frequently cited as the inaugural science fiction novel. It delved into themes of bioengineering and resurrection of life, subjects that are still topically relevant.

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Star Wars – An Unexpected Success

The unexpected success that met 'Star Wars' upon its release in 1977 prompted the immediate signing of creator George Lucas for two additional sequels. The franchise has since become one of the most cherished and successful globally.

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Scientific Consultation in Sci-Fi Films

Following an interesting trend, various science fiction film and TV companies hire science experts to provide consultation, ensuring the scientific accuracy in their plotlines. A notable example would be the esteemed physicist Kip Thorne, who provided expert consultation for the cinematic presentation, 'Interstellar'.

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