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Title: Science Fiction


1
Science Fiction
  • as a genre
  • II

2
Purpose of science fiction?
  • Science fiction allows us to understand and
    experience our past, present, and future in terms
    of an imagined future. 
  • Kathryn Cramer, The Ascent of Wonder (1994)

3
Characteristics
  • Storyline
  • Speculative fiction
  • Exploring moral, social, philosophical,
    technical, intellectual issues and/or questions

4
Frame
  • Technical details
  • Scientific details
  • Atmosphere
  • Tone

5
Characters
  • Secondary to action
  • More focus on situations and events
  • Series characters
  • Interior (psychological/philosophical)
  • Exterior (physical)

6
Telling a Story / Philosophizing
  • Plot
  • Characters
  • Good Bad
  • Moral questions
  • Optimism
  • Ex Star Wars, Isaac Asimov
  • Writing style
  • Deep thought
  • Intricate characters
  • Complex / Ambiguous
  • Darker tone
  • Ex Dick, Clarke, Leguin
  • Cyberpunk

7
Cyberpunk
  • Fusion between man and machine
  • Jeff Noon Wurt,
  • William Gibson, Neuromancer
  • The Matrix

8
Science Fantasy
  • Hybrid form
  • Speculative fiction
  • Both magic and science
  • Psychic powers

9
Harry Martinson, 1904-1978
Nobel Prize in Literature, 1974
10
Aniara, 1953
  • Aniara, A Review of Man in Time and Space
  • 103 cantos
  • First 29 cantos previously published as The Song
    of Doris and Mima
  • Cold War
  • 1956 Hungarian Revolution
  • Narrator the operator of the Mima
  • Metrical, rhymed poems similarity to the
    Kalevala

11
Questions - Aniara
  • 1) Taking your starting point in 79 explain what
    has happened to earth.
  • 2) Characterize the I narrator.
  • 3) Find specific examples of mankinds urge to
    survive and live meaningful lives in spite of
    hopeless prospects.
  • 4) Discuss the function of the Mima and relate it
    to contemporary life.
  • 5) Taking your starting point in 100, what is the
    purpose of this epic poem?
  • 6) Discuss the conclusion / ending.
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