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Title: Science Fiction


1
  • Science Fiction
  • Vs
  • Fantasy

2
A Story is a Story!Both Science Fiction
Fantasy have basic story elements.
  • Both have characters, settings problems
    solutions
  • Both have a theme--a message about life the
    author is trying to convey.

3
Science Fiction vs. FantasyThe two are very
closely related!
  • In Science Fiction, there needs to be some
    possibility that the events could happen.
  • In contrast, Fantasy, allows the author to use
    far-fetched concepts, like unicorns, three-headed
    creatures, telekinesis, etc.

4
Science Fiction
  •  Science Fiction can be seen as a brand of
    fantasy. It is more believable because it uses
    scientific research as its basis.
  • Good science-fiction stories are about human
    beings, with a human problem, and a human
    solution, but would not have happened without
    science content.

5
CONFLICT
  • FANTASY
  • CONFLICT Usually Person vs. SELF
  • SCIENCE FICTION
  • CONFLICT Usually Person vs. SOCIETY

6
TONE
  • SCI FI--- REVEALS AUTHORS ATTITUDE TOWARDS
    SOCIETY/ Bigger picture/ life
  • FANTASY- REVEALS AUTHORS ATTITUDE TO HUMANS AND
    OUR BEHAVIOR.

7
  • Many Sci-Fi authors see their stories as loose
    predictions of the future. So they may use
    present-day social concerns as a warning of
    things to come.
  • Fantasy authors have no desire to warn readers.
    They are mainly interested in entertaining the
    reader.

8
What is Science Fiction?
  • Science fiction stories have a plot that combines
    science and fiction.
  • The story plots are controlled by the basic laws
    of nature and science.
  • It is closely related to fantasy.

9
What is Fantasy?
  • Fantasy stories use magic other supernatural
    ideas.
  • Ancient myths, legends, epics folktales are
    included in this genre.
  • Worlds completely different from our own will
    be settings.

10
Fantasy Examples
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Sword and the Stone
  • Anime
  • Merlin
  • What else?

11
Sci Fi Examples
  • Matrix, Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions
  • New Star Wars Trilogy
  • Spiderman
  • Men in Black 12
  • Minority Report
  • Signs

12
  • An early Science Fiction novel was
    Frankenstein,written by Mary Shelley.
  • She used scientific knowledge to persuade the
    reader that her story plot was possible.
  • In the early 1800s, she began the novel as a
    challenge. A small group of vacationers were
    asked to write ghost stories. She wrote one of
    the most unique and horrifying!

13
  • Frankenstein was one of the first novels to deal
    with the possibility that mankind will create
    scientific advancements, and those same
    advancements might be used to harm mankind!
  • Mary Shelley did not wish the story to be
    considered "supernatural, so she made the main
    character the scientist and his scientific
    efforts the focal point for the plot.

14
Major Themes in Science Fiction
  • Utopian societies of the future
  • Space travel to and from other planets
  • (i.e. Star Trek)
  • Time travel to the past and future
  • (i.e. Back to the Future)
  • Physical changes to man brought about by
    scientific/chemical error
  • (i.e. The Incredible Hulk, Dr. Jekyll)

15
Remember
  • Science Fiction grew out of Fantasy.
  • Science Fictions authors preferred to have a
    more realistic tone to their works.
  • So, expect to see some over-lapping of ideas in
    the two genres.
  • Some Sci-Fi stories have a small amount of
    fantasy.

16
  • Take a look at the following two video clips. Use
    your notes to determine
  • 1. Which one is science fiction?
  • 2. Which one is fantasy?
  • 3. How do you know?

17
  • Back to the Future Trailer

18
  • The Hobbit Trailer
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