Science Fiction can’t “jump the shark”. Because it already does since it’s inception. That’s why it’s called, “science fiction”.
It’s very hard at times to be an artist or a writer. It’s hard because it’s the only real way the artist or writer can communicate his or her thoughts or feelings. And the hardest is when you put your piece out there and you don’t get any response at all. Not just the likes or praise, but honest feedback of questions, debate, discussions about the work, even if it’s negative. When you don’t get any response at all, you start to think, “Wow! No commentary at all? Did they not understand it? Did they hate it? Cause if they liked it, they would certainly say they did. If they were just being nice, they’d lie and say they liked it, but they said nothing at all.”And this goes on in the creators head. And if the artist or writer spent a great deal of time on it, not hearing any feedback at all, tends to lead to the dark thoughts that it wasn’t any good at all.
One might be open to soliciting comments and feedback, but there are artists who feel like they would almost be pandering for praise so they choose to be humble and silent. And the piece may be very good to someone but might get delayed, or postponed, or even shelved from that person seeing it because the artist will let it go to the bottom or the back of the pile of the artist or writer’s work because the artist took the lack of response as rejection of the work. The art form of performance such as a film, or theater, or dance, or a musician, or a comedian, is before a live audience and responses can be conveyed in real time by the audience as they see and hear the piece. The sculptor, the designer, the painter, the writer, does not really have this device. They may be on to something with the piece, but not quite there, yet from not gaining any feedback may move on to something completely different. To an artist, to a writer, silence can be deadlier to the work than negative feedback. And for the artist trying to communicate can cause depression from their own thoughts about the lack of reception than criticism.
What do you think?