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What is Science Fiction?
Generally, it is defined as “stories that tell about the future by blending scientific data and theory with the author’s creative imagination,” (The Language of Literature
This genre is very broad—it includes many very different stories.Slide3
Set in the future
Often predict future technological developments, and even inspire them!
Presents some kind of prediction or warning
about the futureThis is usually considered the theme.Slide4
Other Common Elements
often the product of radiation, like Godzilla
Futuristic technologyWeapons, computers, and especially
ROBOTS!The word “robot” was coined by a SciFi writer
That sounds a lot like Fantasy!
Yes and no:
Both involve a lot of imagination!
no magical or impossible elements are used in SF
Fantasy plots can include magic, dragons, unicorns, etc.
Fantasy might be considered an escape from reality, with
no predictions or warnings
, while SF is meant to be a reminder of what is happening in the world today.Slide6
“Science fiction is a depiction of
Fantasy is a depiction of the unreal
SF plots can be explained through science
The science used usually doesn’t currently exist. Instead,
that it could exist
at some point in the future.
SF authors are known for often being RIGHT!
***SF is rarely written just for fun***
There is usually an underlying theme, or ‘moral,’ that acts as a warning to the reader.SF writers take things that already exist
and imagine what could happen in the future if we stay on the same path. Hint: It’s not usually good.
In this way, SF works as a
The author is trying to tell us how the way we live is going wrongSlide8
Science ran too far ahead of us too quickly, and the people got lost in a mechanical wilderness,” ~R. Bradbury (
The Language of Literature
Some famous SF authors
George Orwell1984, Animal Farm
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,
Around the World in 80 Days,
Journey to the Center of the EarthH.G.WellsThe War of the Worlds
Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451“The Pedestrian”Isaac AsimovArthur C. Clarke