Daily Prompt: Sliced Bread
Most of us have heard the saying, “That’s the best thing since sliced bread!” What do you think is actually the best thing since sliced bread?
I have two thoughts about todays prompt. First take the obvious approach and write about the invention or discovery that makes sliced bread look like what it is. Plain, uniform and utilitarian, and not given much thought these days except in this old saying. However do I assume we are talking about uniformly sliced bread, or do I take the literal approach and compare it to making a sandwich without slicing the bread at all. If it’s the option of not having sliced bread vs having sliced bread, then peanut butter and jam sandwiches definitely are improved with the bread sliced. Can you imagine going into your local sandwich shop and asking for a Reuben Sandwich without the bread being sliced, the cleaners would be backed up for weeks getting the stains out of our work clothes. Of course when you get those tiny slices that require you to fold your fillings so as not to have them hanging over the side like the famous Dagwood Sandwiches of comic lore, you wistfully may wonder, bread why aren’t you sliced at an angle? Also what is the proper thickness to slice the bread at, is it paper thin so as to leave more space in our hands for the filling, or thick enough to ensure nothing falls as we lift the Earl of Sandwich‘s most memorable invention to our mouthes?
Instead I will take the approach that was meant, and answer Science Fiction is the next best thing since sliced bread. Afterall, what other creation has driven our imagination to reach for the stars. Science fiction from Jules Verne has helped drive the imagination to 80 days around the world, to hmm I wonder can we do it in 79 days, then why not 50 days, and so on. Why do you know that using scheduled air service it has been done in less than 80 hours, click here for some interesting tidbits about circumventing the globe.
It has driven us to explore the moon to find out those recipes for green cheese aren’t needed just yet. Mars and those pesky Martian’s from Marvin the Martian, to War of the Worlds, have entertained and thrilled us. That and has allowed some lucky people to pilot really expensive radio control vehicles.
Remember the Star Trek Communicator? Take a look at these images:
Stories about space ships, asteroids destroying the planet, Area 52, and many other wonderous things have propelled us to reach out, to consider is there life out there? Science fiction has routinely progressed from fiction to fact. Look at the impact nerds now have on culture; seen the Big Bang Theory recently? Then there’s the political implications in Star Trek with the first interracial kiss between Kirk & Uhura, a Russian serving with Americans, and this portrayed during the height of the cold war. Science Fiction has always been more about the dangers mankind faces, and how we overcome these challenges. Why Science Fiction because it pushes us to consider alternative view points, to give us a look through a distorted window on the future, a warped glass that curves the space we see to where we are no longer sure of what we saw. Science Fiction has been sliced bread for our imagination, and will continue to nourish our thinking for generations to come, where as sliced bread may have a shelf life of a week or so.