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Title: Science Fiction


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Science Fiction
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Science Fiction
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Definition
  • It is hard to define because it overlaps with
    fantasy literature.
  • Usually deals with the What ifs?
  • Kathryn Cramer states that it investigates
    moral, philosophical and technological
    possibilities (conknet.com).
  • Uses science or technology

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History of Science Fiction
  • Precursors to science fiction can be seen all the
    way back to the 2nd century with Lucians True
    History. Some of the Arabian Nights stories will
    fall under Science Fiction.
  • The 19th century saw the true emergence of
    Science Fiction with Jules Vernes stories like
    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
  • Other famous Science Fiction stories include Mary
    Shelleys Frankenstein.

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History Continue
  • The 20th century saw such great writers like
    Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke.
  • 1966 was the start of Star Trek on TV.
  • The 1970s saw Star Wars.

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Characteristics
  • Technology (may be human made or alien)
  • Can be
  • New technology
  • Time travel
  • Robots
  • New scientific principles
  • Antagonist
  • Can be beings or a force
  • Can be societies rules
  • Not necessarily human

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Characteristics Continued
  • Can involve new types of social or political
    systems
  • Setting
  • Alternate locations (another planet, the ocean,
    dimensions, or time periods)
  • Time periods can include alternate realities. EX
    Germany won World War II.
  • Storyline
  • Kathryn Cramer states that it deals with moral,
    social, philosophical, technical and intellectual
    issues and/or questions (conknet.com).

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Two important elements in all Science Fiction
  • Dissociation
  • David Louis Edelman states that, every science
    fiction story has some element that is profoundly
    alien to the reality of its intended audience
    (deepgenre.com).
  • Scientific Progress
  • New weapons
  • New medical technology
  • Flying cars

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  • "Dystopias Definition and Characteristics." Read
    Write Think. NCTE, n.d. Web. 14 Jan 2014.
    lthttp//www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/
  • lesson_images/lesson926/DefinitionCharacteristics
    .pdfgt.
  • Mallory, Jeff. "Dystopia." Gordon State. Gordon
    State. Web. 14 Jan 2014. lthttp//www.gordonstate.
    edu/pt_faculty/jmallory/index_files/page0082. htmgt
    .
  • "Utopia." Learning Dreamers and Dissenters. The
    British Library Board. Web. 14 Jan 2014.
    lthttp//www.bl.uk/learning/histcitizen/2
    1cc/utopia/utopia.htmlgt.
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