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Science Fiction. Genre and Concerns. Familiar Science Fiction. Star Wars Star Trek 2001: A Space Odyssey Independence Day I, Robot Men in Black Terminator The Matrix Jurassic Park. What do these stories all have in common?. Setting: the future Advanced technology: - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Science FictionGenre and Concerns

  • Familiar Science FictionStar WarsStar Trek2001: A Space OdysseyIndependence DayI, RobotMen in BlackTerminatorThe MatrixJurassic Park

  • What do these stories all have in common?Setting: the futureAdvanced technology: genetic engineering, intelligent robots, experimental medicineConcerned with outer space: aliens, space travel, other planets and solar systemsParanormal Phenomena and the Occult: ESP, telekinesis, psychics

  • Sci Fi vs. FantasyScience fiction is based in fact: some of the technology is invented, some of the places are made up, but all of it is conceivable.Fantasy is not based in reality: it is purely imaginative.

    Consider: Will Smith vs. Harry Potter

  • Science Fiction vs FantasyScience Fiction: follows the natural laws of our known world, but takes them to extremes by asking what if?Fantasy:Contains elements that violate the natural, physical laws of our known world like magic.

  • Science Fiction vs Fantasy Setting: both science fiction and fantasy make use of real and make believe settings on other planets or in other worlds.Fantasy presents ideas that are NOT possible in the world as we know it. It does, however, follow rules within the limits of the world the author has created.

  • Science Fiction Its all about the What ifAuthors chose to write in the science fiction genre because it allows them to reflect upon different scenarios in the future, based on whats happening today.Science fiction allows us to investigate societys fears, dilemmas and concerns if we take a certain course of action, or if we keep doing things the way that we are.

  • Why SciFi?Makes us consider the emotional, psychological, and physical effects of futuristic ideas, conflict and change.Encourages us to keep an open mind to consider unlimited possibilities.Provokes questions regarding other forms of life, thereby bringing our own into perspective.Stimulates curiosity and the capacity for invention.Presents the reader with moral and ethical dilemmas that correspond to the real world.

  • SF History:OriginsThe Golden AgeThe Big Three

  • Origins:Mary Shelley 1797-1851. Wrote Frankenstein at age 21 (1818) and The Last Man in 1826. This is considered the first real Science Fiction.Jules Verne - 1828-1905. Wrote what were labeled Scientic Romances not because they were lovey-dovey but because they presented a hero on a quest to uphold a high ideal. Best known for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, and Voyage to the Center of the Earth.H.G. Wells 1866-1956. Wrote science fiction that, following Mary Shelleys lead, looked at the impact of science on society. The Time Machine and When the Sleeper Wakes looked at the future from a broad perspective

  • Science Fiction The Golden AgeFrom the 1930s to the 1950s, science fiction experienced its first renaissance. John W. Campbell editor of Astounding Science Fiction Stories and his writers (including Asimov and Heinlein) largely dominated the field. Heinlein was published in the Saturday Evening Post, being the first science fiction writer to make it to the mainstream. Several science fiction novels were published, and the level of writing improved over the pulp magazines of a few years before.Issac Asimov on The Golden Age:

  • Science Fiction Writers:The Big Three!More than any other writers, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke influenced the genre. Despite being radically different in many ways, their approaches to SF set the tone for generations to come. Their writings included the use of hard science, more character development than the pulp writers of the time used, and the idea of future histories.