Hi everyone,
I'd be curious to hear from you how you think sci-fi has affected your life. Let me give you an example:

I fell in love with Dr. Who when I discovered it by chance one day, back in about 1985. Not only did it spark my curiosity about other worlds, life-after-death (regeneration?), time-travel, etc. But I believe on a deeper level I was inspired by the creativeness of it all. The doctor was always struggling to the end, to defeat the enemy. He had a strong sense of determinism: get the job done at all costs.

He also had a playful, intellectual curiosity and willingness to learn, which is what true computer "hackers" have. See wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker_...ure%29#History

That "playful" spirit is something that has remained with me.

Can a sci-fi character be a real-life role model? I know it can certainly be true!

I'd like to write more, but I'll wait for now, to hear from you guys (and gals!) ...