I'm sure I could go on and on about science fiction and how it contains motifs of advanced technology, space and time travel, etc etc. But since no one mentioned it in class earlier, I decided to point out instead the massive shift in real-life society that has been caused by the genre. Everything from comic books to movies to short stories in the science fiction world have created just that; totally new worlds. New places and people and technologies for people to explore and get completely immersed in, which many do. I know I'm guilty of being one of those overly-obsessed members of the Sci-Fi and fantasy fandom who wishes she could try her hand at extracting info from people's dreams or working on a starship, and would fall over dead from excitement at the mere sight of Nathan Fillion out on the streets. I'd argue that Sci-Fi/fantasy have created an entire new society in our own world.
That being said, my experience with science fiction has stemmed from early exposure to the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS, thanks to my stepfather who shares my love for all things geek. Since then I've been hooked. I go to the movies at least once a week. I've written more fanfiction that I'd care to admit and I've been actively involved as a member and creator of various online text-based roleplay sites based on Star Wars, Harry Potter, DC and Marvel comics, Firefly, X-men, The Host, Twilight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney-verse, and other original fantasy/Sci-Fi worlds.
Some interesting pieces of science fiction I've run across in my life include but are definitely not limited to The Circle Trilogy (Black, Red, and White) by Ted Dekker (which is apparently a series now including Green, though I didn't know that), The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson, and the Maximum Ride, Daniel X, and Witch & Wizard series by James Patterson. Now I realize I sound like I love kiddie books, haha. Well my favorite book ever is The Hobbit, but I assure you I like all kinds. I am currently reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, which might be a new favorite... Anyway I've rambled long enough.
Also, the link in my post title is my favorite YouTube video of all-time, so I thought I would share. :)