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  • 1. Science FictionBy Catherine Bates
  • 2. What is Science Fiction?• Difficult to define• Futuristic scenarios with different technologydifferent social structure and or differentspecies
  • 3. “Fantasy is the impossible madeprobable. Science Fiction is theimprobable made possible.”-Rod Sterling
  • 4. Characteristics of Science Fiction:• Explores the question “What if?”• Based in the probable (especially hard sciencefiction)• Often involves application of true scientificprinciples• Explores the impact new technologies and socialconstructs would have on society, as well as theproblems and benefits of those things
  • 5. Sub Genres of Science Fiction• Apocalyptic, Holocaust, and Post Apocalyptic• Cyberpunk• First Contact• Hard Science Fiction• Military Science Fiction• Near Future Science Fiction• Science Fantasy• Space Opera• Time Travel• Alternate History
  • 6. Hard Science Fiction• Driven by ideas rather than characterization• Uses plausible science and technology• Author generally has a good grasp on science• Isaac Asimov—Phd in Biochemistry• Foundation- Isaac Asimov
  • 7. Soft/social Science Fiction• Character driven• Emphasizes social change• Emphasizes how technologies affect societiesrather than the technologies themselves• Suzanne Collins- The Hunger Games
  • 8. Cyberpunk• Setting is high-tech• Deals with computers and hackers• Humans often live in a virtual environment• The Diamond Age—Neal Stephenson
  • 9. Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic• Takes place while the world is ending or rightafter the end of the world• Focuses on societies reaction to thecircumstances• Lucifer’s Hammer –Larry Niven
  • 10. Science Fiction Comes True!• Nuclear Subs predicted in Jules Verne’s 2000Leagues Under the Sea• Test tube babies in Aldous Huxley’s A BraveNew World• Public Surveillance in George Orwell’s 1984• Moon landing and space travel Jules Verne’sFrom the Earth to the Moon
  • 11. Science Fiction Authors• Jules Verne• H. G Wells• Robert Heinlein• Ray Bradbury• Neal Shusterman• Suzanne Collins• James Dashner• Ursula K. LeGuin
  • 12. Books You Might Like:Hard Science Fiction:
  • 13. Soft Social Science Fiction
  • 14. Cyberpunk
  • 15. Apocalyptic, Post-apocalyptic
  • 16. “When he tired of official reports and memoranda andminutes, he would plug in his foolscap-size newspadinto the ship’s information circuit and scan the latestreports from Earth. One by one he would conjure upthe world’s major electronic papers…Switching to thedisplay unit’s short-term memory, he would hold thefront page while he quickly searched the headlines andnoted the items that interested him. Each had its owntwo-digit reference; when he punched that, thepostage-stamp-size rectangle would expand until itneatly filled the screen and he could read it withcomfort. When he had finished, he would flash back tothe complete page and select a new subject fordetailed examination…”2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke (1965)
  • 17. The Ipad
  • 18. “And in her ears the little seashells, thethimble radios tamped tight, and an electronicocean of sound, of music and talk and musicand talk coming in, coming in on the shore ofher unsleeping mind.”Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1950)
  • 19. Earbuds
  • 20. Stepping to the Telephot on the side of the wall, hepressed a group of buttons and in a few minutes thefaceplate of the Telephot became luminous, revealingthe face of a clean-shaven man about thirty, a pleasantbut serious face.As soon as he recognized the face of Ralph in his ownTelephot, he smiled and said, “Hello, Ralph.”“Hello, Edward. I wanted to ask you if you could comeover to the laboratory tomorrow morning. I havesomething unusually interesting to show you. Look!”He stepped to one side of his instrument so that hisfriend could see the apparatus on the table about tenfeet from the Telephot faceplate.Ralph 124C 41 + by Hugo Gernsback
  • 21. Video Chatting
  • 22. • How could you benefit from reading ScienceFiction?• It has been argued that Science Fiction hasmore merit than other genre fiction likemysteries or romance, do you agree ordisagree?
  • 23. Sources:• http://mashable.com/2010/09/25/11-astounding-predictions/• http://www.writing-world.com/sf/genres.shtml• http://www.cracked.com/article_18846_6-eerily-specific-inventions-predicted-in-science-fiction.html• http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2011/11/science-fiction-for-young-adults.html• http://www.amazon.com

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