Science fiction is a gateway to science. I know this to be true, because that’s exactly what happened to me.
I grew up on sci-fi, starting with the original Star Trek and Doctor Who. TV and movies led to sci-fi literature, and the works of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, and others. I still consider Frank Herbert’s Dune my favorite novel.
This love for sci-fi led me to study physics and mathematics in college, and after graduating with a degree in both fields I began a career in statistics and programming. The television series Babylon 5, with its sophisticated characters and storytelling, showed me the power of writing, and I started writing my own sci-fi. At first it was just fan fiction in existing franchises, but eventually I began to build my own worlds, both on paper and in film.
The birth of my first child drove home the powerful words spoken by a Romulan in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation: “There comes a time in a man’s life… when he looks down at the first smile of his baby girl and realizes, he must change the world for her – for all children.” I realized that being a parent meant not only preparing your child for the world, but also preparing the world for your child, and the best way for me to do that was in education. So I began volunteering with educational nonprofits such as Citizen Schools (http://citizenschools.org). To date I’ve taught various topics, including how students can create their own sci-fi films.
Scienstars is my dream come true, the culmination of my lifelong love of both science and science fiction, and a chance to maybe – just maybe – change the world, just a little.