I adore science fiction. I grew up in a family of SF lovers. One of the reasons is because it allows people to explore issues close to home without being too confronting. Some poeple I meet say they don't like science fiction. But I then I ask them what movies they watch.
A friend of mine loved I, Robot, and The Prestige and then said she didn't like science fiction. This always makes me wander what people thnk science fiction is. Perhaps, they only associate the term 'sci-fi' with stuff like Star Trek or Star Wars. Which, despite being cool, have dated since their hayday.
But, if I, Robot isn't considered sci-fi and Star Trek is, what's the difference? My friend then told me she didn't like sci-fi, she just like some movies/shows that had it in it. Which leads me to think how people classify SF. Is it a particular type of plot device or back drop? Or a whole 'type' of story including characters/arcs etc. I'm more inclined to think towards the first then anything else.
What is science fiction? Do you know anyone who distances themselves from SF, but loves stories that are full of it?