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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 (and sometimes a story CAN be
BOTH!)
  • 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 form of
    fantasy. It is more believable because it uses
    scientific research as its basis.
  • Quality science fiction stories are about human
    beings, with a human problem, and a human
    solution, but would not have happened without
    science content.

5
Can you think of any examples from what you have
read or seen that could fall under one of these
two sub-genres?What have you read or seen that
may fall under both?
6
CONFLICT
  • FANTASY
  • CONFLICT Usually Person vs. SELF
  • Such as someone battling a fantastical being
  • SCIENCE FICTION
  • CONFLICT Usually Person vs. SOCIETY
  • Such as an invasion of aliens

7
From your previous examples, what were the
conflicts?FantasyScience Fiction
8
TONE
  • SCI FI- REVEALS AUTHORS ATTITUDE TOWARDS
    SOCIETY/ Bigger picture/ life
  • FANTASY- REVEALS AUTHORS ATTITUDE TO HUMANS AND
    OUR BEHAVIOR.

9
  • 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.

10
Recap 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.

11
RecapWhat 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.

12
Fantasy Examples
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Sword and the Stone
  • Anime
  • Merlin
  • What else?

13
Science Fiction Examples
  • Matrix Trilogy
  • New Star Wars Trilogy
  • Spiderman
  • Men in Black
  • Minority Report
  • Signs

14
  • FYI 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!

15
  • 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.

16
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)

17
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.

18
The Tinfoil Key by Rob Burnside When young Ian
Bradley accidently switches suitcases with an
intergalactic space explorer at a coffee shop, he
ends up going on the trip of a lifetime. Now that
hes left holding the bag, Ian must deliver it to
the light scientists on Gamma Outpost 9 in time,
and every life-form in the galaxy is unknowingly
depending on the success of his efforts.Whats
the sub genre? How do you know?
19
  • Newtons Law by Morton Mallon
  • After a mostly unsuccessful life of studying and
    practicing the nano-transportation sciences,
    Professor Melton stumbles upon a major
    breakthrough on April 20th, 2042 he discovers a
    way to transport particles at light-speed across
    fixed distances, thereby allowing him to teleport
    from one location to another. But Professor
    Melton soon discovers that there is no such thing
    as a free lunch. He learns that the body ages
    relative to the distance travelled, not just the
    time, in effect causing a teleporting body to age
    very rapidly. Can Melton solve this problem
    before his time is up? 
  • Whats the sub genre? How do you know?

20
  • Fallen Walkers by Wells Taylor Dyson
  • Far below the surface of earth, a group of
    children in a secret government program are
    trained to pilot Mech-Walkers giant mechanical
    insects that protect the earth from hostile space
    barbarians with their robo-insect powers. When
    Vander, the leader of the Mech-Walkers,
    disappears in combat, the Mech-Walkers need to
    find a new leader. When Seth, a boy from the
    surface, stumbles into Mech-Walkers while being
    chased by bullies, he becomes an unlikely
    candidate.
  • Whats the sub genre? How do you know?

21
  • A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • When John Carter finds gold in Arizona, he makes
    enemies with some Apache warriors. While
    attempting to escape from these warriors, Carter
    hides in one of their sacred caves and is
    mysteriously transported to Mars. He finds that
    he has great strength and superhuman agility in
    this new environment as a result of its
    lesser gravity. He soon falls in with a nomadic
    tribe of Green Martians and thanks to his
    strength, speed, and fighting skills, Carter
    rises to a high position in the tribe. When the
    Green Martians capture Dejah Thoris, princess of
    the humanoid Red Martians, Carter can't help but
    to be taken with her beauty. He will have to make
    some tough decisions in the exciting novel.
  •  

22
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • by Jules Verne
  • The story of a German professor who believes
    there are volcanic tubes going toward the center
    of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their
    guide Hans climb down a crater and have many wild
    adventures, encountering dinosaurs and
    prehistoric man. They eventually return to
    surface again in southern Italy.
  • Whats the sub genre? How do you know?

23
  • 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?

24
  • Back to the Future Trailer

25
  • The Hobbit Trailer
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