The everyday in SF

Science fiction can deliver a unique impact. It can suggest to us why we yearn for the opportunity to sit down and share a pizza with someone from Arcturus; or why we would love to be present for the first performance of Hamlet, with an opportunity to wait outside at the end and inform Will Shakespeare (who played the ghost that opening night) that the show was seriously good; or why we dream about what it would be like to climb out of an airlock and step down onto the surface of another planet.

It reminds us, in many ways, of who we are.

— Jack McDevitt, writing about “Five Stories That Celebrate the Everyday in Science Fiction” at