I was introduced to Runescape around 2007 and played (as a paid member) to help relieve the boredom of looking after my late mother, and as 'Chief Sefton', I fought my way up to a fairly high level.
By about 2010 I was Here
Then somehow, I am not sure what happened, I lost the lot. There was some confusion during the RS3 change over I think but I am not sure. Needless to say, I was not happy about it.
I rejoined last month, again as a paid member, and gradually fighting my way back. as Sir Molyfar.
As of 06/02/18, I was here.
I have often heard it said that science fiction (sci-fi) is irrelevant and that fans and writers are ‘weird’, or 'sad people in anoraks'. Whilst I agree, that there are some very strange people involved with sci-fi, I would argue that you will always get ‘odd-balls’ in any walk of life, and I do not agree that it is irrelevant.
First of all, I would like to point out that, many people confuse science fiction with science fantasy. Admittedly there is a very fine line between the two, which is not easy to define, and that is why you will see both kinds of literature occupying the same shelf at a bookshop or library. Fantasy, in general terms, can be described as "fiction which is not realistic; fiction which could not have taken place in our world as it is in the present, as we know it to have been in the past, or as we might reasonably suppose it to be in the future" (Realms of Fantasy, by M Edward's & R Holdstock). However, pure science fiction has a fairly clear origin and historical development and can be defined as speculative fiction. Although they have a shared ancestry, human imagination, sci-fi could also be defined as the antithesis to science fantasy.
I think that science fiction is thoroughly enjoyable, and yes, some of it is very tongue in cheek, but I do feel that it has a serious side, in that it gets us thinking. More importantly, it encourages us to speculate as to where our future might lie, and it gives us the impetus to do something about it. I see sci-fi as an idea or vision of humanity developing, both as individuals and as a race.
I also believe that there is a two-way trade between science fiction and science fact. Sci-fi is able to introduce ideas to scientists who may include them in their theories. The sci-fi writers then incorporate these theories into their stories. In this way, today's science fiction can become tomorrow's science fact, and science is often stranger than fiction. You only have to look at mobile phones, i-pads and communication satellites, to name but a few, because science fiction writers were writing about these long before they were invented.
To quote from Compton’s Interactive Encyclopaedia (Space Exploration & Science Fiction) - "In a sense, the history of space exploration began when early humans first looked upward and wondered at what they saw in the sky, and wonder, as always, prompted a quest for knowledge. The study of astronomy mingled with, astrology and religion was a feature of every civilization of which there is a record. With space exploration, along with new and powerful telescopes, it is now possible for humanity to look to the heavens and speculate on other possible worlds and different civilizations. As a realistic picture of the solar system and the universe is evolving, humanities urge to travel beyond its planet is becoming stronger. That urge often finds that expression in literature."
In conclusion, what I will say to those who criticise science fiction is this; at least science fiction fans and writers have the imagination to "explore strange new worlds, to seek out new civilizations, and to boldly go where no one has gone before!" ( Star Trek ).
The name is taken from my Surname and Home Town.
I am an amateur genealogist and photographer.
I also have an interest in Heraldry, in relation to my family history activities. The coat of arms (see my avatar) is a cross moline OR (representing my surname) on a Shield AZURE. The red rose represents the UK county of my birth and also the UK county my ancestors came from. The fern OR represents my home town. The crossed swords are in honour of the fact that I live in an area, of the UK, where the British Military has a strong presence.
My Family Motto: "To Conquer is to Live Enough"
My other activities are mainly community-based and I am also a very keen science fiction fan.
The reason I took up Runescape, is to help me 'escape' the humdrum and boredom of being a full time carer.