SCIENCE FICTION L.A.

CONFERENCE COHORT

APPLICATION ESSAY: "EXPANSIVE" If you had to select one word to describe science fiction’s impact or import, what word would you choose? Pick a one-word title and craft an essay that uses specific examples to illustrate why this word matches your vision of science fiction. 500 words maximum. My first love of science fiction actually came from a piece of horrifically moldy bread. I can remember clearly when we did an experiment in my elementary school science class with different types of food in jars, so we could see how populations of mold grew. To most kids it was disgusting, and they didn’t want to have much to do with it. To me, however, it was fascinating. Mold was usually something to wrinkle your nose at and throw away, not something to examine with a magnifying glass, draw, and write about like it was something worth being appreciated. It never occurred to me that mold is really a microcosm, a whole universe of living organisms that we normally try to avoid. This realization, that something so disgusting could also somehow be wonderful, expanded the way I thought about the world. I think alternative and expansive thinking will always have an important place at the heart of science fiction, therefore I believe the word “expansive” is what most closely aligns with my vision of science fiction. This word can have a dual meaning: the subject of science fiction itself is as a vast expanse we have yet to fully explore, but science fiction can also expand our minds and the ways we think about our world. I’m thankful to have science fiction’s influence in my life. I love to read and watch content that combines what we already understand with things that we can only imagine, and I think without science fiction in my most formative years I wouldn’t be half the creative person that I am today. Science may have a connotation of being a boring and dry subject, but science fiction has driven our societies forward and has actually influenced reality. It is explained in Afrofuturism that “just as the actions in the present dictate the future, imagining the future can change the present.” Communication, entertainment, space travel, and transportation have all been positively influenced due to the popularity of science fiction. Ursula K. Le Guin similarly explains “The ability and willingness to imagine alternatives to reality as we know it is always the first step toward making different and better realities possible.” Science fiction challenges viewers to think broadly, expansively, and out-of-the-box, and about what our futures might have to offer us. Although I will admit I’m still disgusted when I have to throw away moldy food, isn’t our entire planet similar to billions of years worth of mold growth, a consequence to not storing something in a ‘cool, dry place’? Could our planet be the equivalent of my bread within a mason jar, with someone observing us and our growth? With a science fiction mindset, it’s possible! Science fiction offers a vast expanse of creativity in which we have only just started scratching the surface. While science is about understanding the mechanisms of the world, science fiction asks us to expand our thoughts to create worlds where anything is possible.
APPLICATION ESSAY: "EXPANSIVE" If you had to select one word to describe science fiction’s impact or import, what word would you choose? Pick a one-word title and craft an essay that uses specific examples to illustrate why this word matches your vision of science fiction. 500 words maximum. My first love of science fiction actually came from a piece of horrifically moldy bread. I can remember clearly when we did an experiment in my elementary school science class with different types of food in jars, so we could see how populations of mold grew. To most kids it was disgusting, and they didn’t want to have much to do with it. To me, however, it was fascinating. Mold was usually something to wrinkle your nose at and throw away, not something to examine with a magnifying glass, draw, and write about like it was something worth being appreciated. It never occurred to me that mold is really a microcosm, a whole universe of living organisms that we normally try to avoid. This realization, that something so disgusting could also somehow be wonderful, expanded the way I thought about the world. I think alternative and expansive thinking will always have an important place at the heart of science fiction, therefore I believe the word “expansive” is what most closely aligns with my vision of science fiction. This word can have a dual meaning: the subject of science fiction itself is as a vast expanse we have yet to fully explore, but science fiction can also expand our minds and the ways we think about our world. I’m thankful to have science fiction’s influence in my life. I love to read and watch content that combines what we already understand with things that we can only imagine, and I think without science fiction in my most formative years I wouldn’t be half the creative person that I am today. Science may have a connotation of being a boring and dry subject, but science fiction has driven our societies forward and has actually influenced reality. It is explained in Afrofuturism that “just as the actions in the present dictate the future, imagining the future can change the present.” Communication, entertainment, space travel, and transportation have all been positively influenced due to the popularity of science fiction. Ursula K. Le Guin similarly explains “The ability and willingness to imagine alternatives to reality as we know it is always the first step toward making different and better realities possible.” Science fiction challenges viewers to think broadly, expansively, and out-of-the-box, and about what our futures might have to offer us. Although I will admit I’m still disgusted when I have to throw away moldy food, isn’t our entire planet similar to billions of years worth of mold growth, a consequence to not storing something in a ‘cool, dry place’? Could our planet be the equivalent of my bread within a mason jar, with someone observing us and our growth? With a science fiction mindset, it’s possible! Science fiction offers a vast expanse of creativity in which we have only just started scratching the surface. While science is about understanding the mechanisms of the world, science fiction asks us to expand our thoughts to create worlds where anything is possible.
APPLICATION ESSAY: "EXPANSIVE" If you had to select one word to describe science fiction’s impact or import, what word would you choose? Pick a one-word title and craft an essay that uses specific examples to illustrate why this word matches your vision of science fiction. 500 words maximum. My first love of science fiction actually came from a piece of horrifically moldy bread. I can remember clearly when we did an experiment in my elementary school science class with different types of food in jars, so we could see how populations of mold grew. To most kids it was disgusting, and they didn’t want to have much to do with it. To me, however, it was fascinating. Mold was usually something to wrinkle your nose at and throw away, not something to examine with a magnifying glass, draw, and write about like it was something worth being appreciated. It never occurred to me that mold is really a microcosm, a whole universe of living organisms that we normally try to avoid. This realization, that something so disgusting could also somehow be wonderful, expanded the way I thought about the world. I think alternative and expansive thinking will always have an important place at the heart of science fiction, therefore I believe the word “expansive” is what most closely aligns with my vision of science fiction. This word can have a dual meaning: the subject of science fiction itself is as a vast expanse we have yet to fully explore, but science fiction can also expand our minds and the ways we think about our world. I’m thankful to have science fiction’s influence in my life. I love to read and watch content that combines what we already understand with things that we can only imagine, and I think without science fiction in my most formative years I wouldn’t be half the creative person that I am today. Science may have a connotation of being a boring and dry subject, but science fiction has driven our societies forward and has actually influenced reality. It is explained in Afrofuturism that “just as the actions in the present dictate the future, imagining the future can change the present.” Communication, entertainment, space travel, and transportation have all been positively influenced due to the popularity of science fiction. Ursula K. Le Guin similarly explains “The ability and willingness to imagine alternatives to reality as we know it is always the first step toward making different and better realities possible.” Science fiction challenges viewers to think broadly, expansively, and out-of-the-box, and about what our futures might have to offer us. Although I will admit I’m still disgusted when I have to throw away moldy food, isn’t our entire planet similar to billions of years worth of mold growth, a consequence to not storing something in a ‘cool, dry place’? Could our planet be the equivalent of my bread within a mason jar, with someone observing us and our growth? With a science fiction mindset, it’s possible! Science fiction offers a vast expanse of creativity in which we have only just started scratching the surface. While science is about understanding the mechanisms of the world, science fiction asks us to expand our thoughts to create worlds where anything is possible.
APPLICATION ESSAY: "EXPANSIVE" If you had to select one word to describe science fiction’s impact or import, what word would you choose? Pick a one-word title and craft an essay that uses specific examples to illustrate why this word matches your vision of science fiction. 500 words maximum. My first love of science fiction actually came from a piece of horrifically moldy bread. I can remember clearly when we did an experiment in my elementary school science class with different types of food in jars, so we could see how populations of mold grew. To most kids it was disgusting, and they didn’t want to have much to do with it. To me, however, it was fascinating. Mold was usually something to wrinkle your nose at and throw away, not something to examine with a magnifying glass, draw, and write about like it was something worth being appreciated. It never occurred to me that mold is really a microcosm, a whole universe of living organisms that we normally try to avoid. This realization, that something so disgusting could also somehow be wonderful, expanded the way I thought about the world. I think alternative and expansive thinking will always have an important place at the heart of science fiction, therefore I believe the word “expansive” is what most closely aligns with my vision of science fiction. This word can have a dual meaning: the subject of science fiction itself is as a vast expanse we have yet to fully explore, but science fiction can also expand our minds and the ways we think about our world. I’m thankful to have science fiction’s influence in my life. I love to read and watch content that combines what we already understand with things that we can only imagine, and I think without science fiction in my most formative years I wouldn’t be half the creative person that I am today. Science may have a connotation of being a boring and dry subject, but science fiction has driven our societies forward and has actually influenced reality. It is explained in Afrofuturism that “just as the actions in the present dictate the future, imagining the future can change the present.” Communication, entertainment, space travel, and transportation have all been positively influenced due to the popularity of science fiction. Ursula K. Le Guin similarly explains “The ability and willingness to imagine alternatives to reality as we know it is always the first step toward making different and better realities possible.” Science fiction challenges viewers to think broadly, expansively, and out-of-the-box, and about what our futures might have to offer us. Although I will admit I’m still disgusted when I have to throw away moldy food, isn’t our entire planet similar to billions of years worth of mold growth, a consequence to not storing something in a ‘cool, dry place’? Could our planet be the equivalent of my bread within a mason jar, with someone observing us and our growth? With a science fiction mindset, it’s possible! Science fiction offers a vast expanse of creativity in which we have only just started scratching the surface. While science is about understanding the mechanisms of the world, science fiction asks us to expand our thoughts to create worlds where anything is possible.