Science Fiction

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Science Fiction

  1. 1. Science Fiction<br />“Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science Fiction is the improbable made possible.”<br />Rod Serling<br />
  2. 2. Sci Fi<br />Fantasy<br />Incorporates scientific ideas, theories or technologies<br />Current trends in science and society are extrapolated into future scenarios<br />May involve extraterrestrial beings or settings<br />Incorporates magical and/or mythological ideas <br />Set in imaginary times and places<br />May involve supernatural beings and fantastic settings<br />Imaginary worlds<br />Speculative<br />“What If”<br />Literature of Ideas<br />
  3. 3. Science Fact in Science Fiction<br />HARD Sci-Fi places a great deal of importance on science concepts and principles:<br />Space travel<br />Genetic engineering<br />Extraterrestrial life<br />Time travel<br />Robotics<br />Future technologies<br />SOFT Sci-Fi places less importance on traditional science concepts, but incorporates the “soft” sciences:<br />Psychology and Parapsychology (ESP, telepathy)<br />Sociology (utopias, exotic cultures) <br />Anthropology (human behavior in futuristic situations)<br />
  4. 4. Major Themes in Science Fiction<br />What does it mean to be human?<br />What is our place in the universe?<br />What are the limits of science and/or technology?<br />What is the potential of science for good? For evil?<br />What might the future look like?<br />What if history had happened differently?<br />

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