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  • 1. Science Fiction ENG305 Fantasy versus
  • 2. “ Classic” Determination
    • Settings:
    • - Castles, medieval weapons, dragons, magic = Fantasy
    • - Space ships, aliens, advanced technology, lasers, outer space = Science Fiction
  • 3. Science vs Magic
    • Sci-Fi authors use science and technology to explain the fiction
      • Lasers, space ships, “wearable” contacts, the Matrix: all theoretically possible and explained by natural laws
    • In fantasy, magic explains much of the fiction
      • Wizards, dragons, spells: “magic” that is not explainable by known natural laws
  • 4. Talents/Tools vs Abilities
    • In most Sci-Fi, the main characters are special because of talents or tools they possess, or for being in the right place
    • In most Fantasy, the main characters are special because of certain abilities they possess that allow them to do extraordinary things
  • 5. Main Themes
    • Why does Fantasy leave you feeling good, and Sci-Fi leave you confused?
    • Science Fiction is about change, while Fantasy is about right-ing the wrong.
      • “… fantasy often ends with the re-establishment of order, with evil conquered and good on the throne. [Sci-Fi] often ends with the establishment of a new order, a new way of doing things, with the evolution to a higher order.” – Maureen McHugh, Science Fiction author