The reality of sci-fi

14 January, 2021

How science fiction is providing real-world lessons and teaching opportunities for students and professors at UBC Okanagan.

 

Humans have long imagined what the distant future might look like. Staring up into an inky black sky dotted with far-off stars, planets and seemingly endless solar systems, our thoughts inevitably stray to life beyond this singular, planetary experience.

Creators of science fiction take that inherent curiosity and expand it into complex story worlds that draw us into alternate realities rife with futuristic technologies and alien cultures. By imagining the future, science fiction has often, directly and indirectly, influenced the here and now. Its predictive quality has always distinguished the genre and inspired intensely loyal fans.

Whether it’s ray guns, starships, aliens or imaginary planets set in the cinematic worlds of dystopian post-apocalypse scenarios, science fiction offers an extraterrestrial smorgasbord for professors and students alike to explore far deeper social, moral and ethical issues. From future engineers to anthropologists, these glimpses into possible futures are inspiring a new generation of inventors and providing a profoundly relevant way for students to explore intercultural collaboration and culture.

Read more

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Feature story

Find the latest news, updates, events, and useful dates from across UBC, curated for faculty and staff by Internal Communications.
Access a library of resources from multiple UBC websites, all in one place.

UBC Crest The official logo of the University of British Columbia. Urgent Message An exclamation mark in a speech bubble. Arrow An arrow indicating direction. Arrow in Circle An arrow indicating direction. Caret An arrowhead indicating direction. Time A clock. Chats Two speech clouds. Facebook The logo for the Facebook social media service. Feedback Dots inside a speech bubble, indicating discussion. Information The letter 'i' in a circle. Instagram The logo for the Instagram social media service. Lightbulb A lightbulb inside a circle. Linkedin The logo for the LinkedIn social media service. Location Pin A map location pin. Mail An envelope. Menu Three horizontal lines indicating a menu. Minus A minus sign. Parking The letter 'P' inside a circle. Telephone An antique telephone. Play A media play button. Plus A plus symbol indicating more or the ability to add. Search A magnifying glass. Submit content An inbox filled with paper. Team A group of people inside a circle. Twitter The logo for the Twitter social media service.