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Title: Science Fiction

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
  • genetic engineering, intelligent robots,
  • experimental medicine
  • Concerned with outer space
  • aliens, space travel, other planets and solar
  • Paranormal Phenomena and the Occult
  • ESP, telekinesis, psychics

Sci Fi vs. Fantasy
  • Science 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
  • Consider Will Smith vs. Harry Potter

Its all about the What if
  • Authors 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 our
    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
  • Presents the reader with moral and ethical
    dilemmas that correspond to the real world.

History of Childhoods End
  • Author Arthur C. Clarke
  • -renowned Science Fiction author
  • Published in 1953
  • History
  • -On the brink of the Space Race
  • -The end of the British Empire and Colonialism
  • -Pre-Civil Rights Movement
  • Technology
  • -The first color TV went on sale in the US for
  • -New York introduced the first 3-color stop

Sci Fi Elements in Childhoods End
  • Setting the future
  • - the beginning of the 21st century
  • -50 years later, the middle of the 21st C
  • Concern with Outer Space
  • -Aliens
  • -Humans have been to the moon havent yet
  • the whole solar system
  • Advanced Technology
  • -advanced communications, speedy travel
  • Paranormal Phenomena
  • -ESP and psychic experiences, the Ouija board,
  • The Overmind