One of my mottos is: Learning is serious, but that doesn't mean it has to be grim!
WHAT IS SCIENCE FICTION?
Science fiction predicts change, explores consequences, and studies potential futures. It teaches adaptability and open mindedness in the face of change. It performs "imaginary experiments" to see how people react to change before the change actually happens, and provides a different perspective on our world. Science fiction writers see the future as a consequence of our present day. In this light, it is also a vehicle for social analysis and an opportunity to experiment with new concepts and their effects on humanity and the world. Science fiction presents many issues from many different points of view for us to examine.
Teaching science fiction through books, stories, movies, interactive media and art engages learners on a number of levels. Science fiction can provide a starting point for a multi-disciplinary curriculum that investigates issues, explores the natural world, and teaches critical thinking skills. Good science fiction introduces themes of personal integrity, relationships (human and alien), acceptance of other life forms and cultures, and our responsibility for technological change. It is entertaining, but it also presents ideas and alternatives.
From the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington