It has everything, crazy-ass free funk sounds juxtaposed with free form rhythms. Ornette pounds away on alto and violin. Charlie
Haden's bass sound didn't hurt either. I always liked that bouncy bright sound of his.
Check out "Law Years", I mean who in the heck would ever have a drum & bass duet that early in a tune?
Science Fiction released in 1972 is the quintessential bridge album if I ever heard one. It does indeed sound like The Shape of Jazz to Come meets Dancing in Your Head. A perfect balance between the classic Coleman sound and the new funkier world music vibes to come by the middle of the 70's.
I mentioned "Law Years" earlier: I had forgotten this, but I first heard that track on the Ken Burns Jazz Compilation for Ornette, probably the best single disc compilation out there for Ornette to this day.
I was so blown away by the track I bought the Complete Science Fiction Sessions the next day. Of course it took a while to warm up to the rest of the album as varied as it is. That compilation also included Broken Shadows as well, another album Coleman did for Columbia that wasn't released until 1982.
I remember back around the year 2000, when I was first discovering this new to me jazz music, it was exciting to acquire the taste for music like this; because you know it's not exactly commercial music, and I can hardly think of a niche music more exclusive than free jazz.