Science fiction is trying to find alternative ways of looking at realities.
My point has always been that, ever since the Industrial Revolution, science fiction has been the most important genre there is.
I'm not a great believer in awards-of course the fact that I've never won one has nothing to do with it at all!
There is a quite a lot of effort involved but I find action sequences some of the quickest to write and the most fun.
I still have some of my old University essays, and I do still have my drawing book from primary year seven.
Science fiction has its own history, its own legacy of what's been done, what's been superseded, what's so much part of the furniture it's practically part of the fabric now, what's become no more than a joke... and so on. It's just plain foolish, as well as comically arrogant, to ignore all this, to fail to do the most basic research.