There always seems to be discussion and debate about the various types of science fiction, and which is more popular, which is more serious, which is cooler, etc. I have no problem saying, right up front, that whatever kind of science fiction you like—or whatever type of any genre, for that matter—is what you like, and there’s no need to rationalize or apologize for it to others. (So, the next time the discussion comes up, I don’t want to have to separate the 2001 and Star Wars fans, okay? Groovy.)
That said, this is what I get the most out of from science fiction.