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Title: The History of Science Fiction


1
The History of Science Fiction
  • By Philip Weiser

2
Main points
  • Why did science fiction come to be?
  • What are very strong influences on science
    fiction?
  • When was science fiction the most popular?

3
Early Science Fiction writers and their novels
and stories
  • Mary Shelly's Frankenstein included scientific
    elements to reincarnate the dead.
  • Edgar Allen Poe included semi-scientific details
    in The Facts in the Case of M.Vlademar.
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote Rappaccini's
    Daughter, which included bizarre experiments
    with plants by Rappaccini.
  • Looking Backward is a book by Edward Bellamy that
    extrapolates ahead over 100 years and describes
    the future.

4
  • Science fiction is used by authors to express
    their ideas about the future. Some fear the
    future of science, like Mary Shelly, and others
    describe new inventions that make life wonderful.
    Science fiction is a branch of regular fiction
    that has an extra scientific edge that makes it
    much more interesting, and much less possible.

5
Strong Influences on Science Fiction
  • World War II and the atomic arms race strongly
    influenced sci-fi between the years 1945-1965.
  • Many writers, including Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph
    Heller, wrote about the war and its aftershocks.
  • The dropping of the atomic bomb led many authors
    to write books with grim descriptions of the
    future.
  • This influence is shown in the movie Terminator,
    as the world is in chaos as it fights a giant war.

6
  • Science fiction novels were much less common than
    regular fantasy books.
  • Many early sci-fi was written for small magazines
    called pulp magazines.
  • Pulp magazines were very popular, as they were
    cheap, and many of them were published, so many
    authors were able to publish their work.
  • The popularity of pulp magazines peaked in the
    1930's and declined due to readers listening to
    the radio instead of buying magazines.

7
Pulp Magazine's influence
  • Helped many writers publish their work
  • Helped find amazing science fiction writers such
    as Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein
  • Created a reader base for sci-fi books and short
    stories
  • Helped foster the sci-fi genre as a whole

8
Works Cited
  • Shelly, Mary. Frankenstein. New York Bantam
    Books, 1991.
  • Taormina, Agatha. Science Fiction History.
    November 5, 2003. North Virginia Community
    College. November 3, 2005 me/ataormina/scifi/history/default.htm.
  • Unknown. A brief History of Science Fiction
    Pulp Magazines. Stationlink.com. November 3, 2005

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