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Science fictionvsfantasy

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

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