It seems some commentators on AR have read a little science fiction if the comments on Ray Bradbury’s coda is anything to go by.
So what is it about SF (please don’t use the term SyFy, it’s too common) that people find interesting. Could it be something to do with the alternative definition of SF – Speculative Fiction.
Not every one who reads SF is a geek or nerd, the group normally expected to read science fiction books. When you take into account that SF can encompass utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history then it becomes a bit more understandable why normally sane people might read SF.
SF allows the writer to describe “what if” scenarios covering a wide range of topics. Many look into how society might work if certain aspects of it were tweaked. So dystopian futures could be looked into where the world is ruled by robots, or where the elite rule the world by monitoring everything. Utopian futures can be explored to see if they could work such as a future where everyone is perfect. They also allow the introspection of current society, tweaking it just a little bit to exaggerate one aspect of it.
Me, I like hard SF, all technical and sciency with spaceships that travel faster than light.
But what do you like?