January 2nd is National Science Fiction Day, or at least it is recorded as such on the nationaltoday.com website. Whatever you think about such national days, it is nice to consider the role of science fiction in creating interest in science overall.
Here are a few facts recorded on the official page for this special day:
— January 2nd was chosen as the day to celebrate National Science Fiction Day because it is the recorded birth date of the great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.
— Mary Shelly’s book Frankenstein from 1818 is considered to be the first science fiction book.
— Other science fiction books and stories from the 1800s include Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth and H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds.
— Georges Melies’ 1902 film A Trip to the Moon is considered to be the first science fiction film.
I am a fan of science fiction, as you will learn from this site, so I appreciate a separate day to consider all of the great works of this genre.