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1 Science Fiction: the Elastic Genre Jennine Bloomquist, Leatherstocking, 2014

2 Science fiction--Religious aspects Science fiction, English--Women authors Science fiction, Russian--History and criticism Science fiction--Appreciation--Canada--History Science fiction--Illustrations Science fiction--Periodicals Science fiction plays, Italian Science fiction comic books, strips, etc. Time travel Life on other planets › Fiction Space colonies › Fiction Space warfare › Fiction Interplanetary voyages › Fiction cyberfiction planetary romance space opera speculative fiction science fantasy steampunk sword and sorcery transrealism Hard Science Fiction Soft Science Fiction Positronic brain Android Robot Mutant

3 Monsters and Mutants

4 Aliens


6 Robots/Androids/AI

7 Supernatural/Psychic Powers

8 Space Travel/Colonization

9 Time Travel, Inter-dimensional Travel, Alternate Worlds

10 What is it ? Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn't exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible. Ray Bradbury Science fiction is no more written for scientists that ghost stories are written for ghosts. Brian Aldiss Good science fiction is intelligent. It asks big questions that are on people's minds. It's not impossible. It has some sort of root in the abstract. Nicolas Cage I think science fiction helps us think about possibilities, to speculate - it helps us look at our society from a different perspective. It lets us look at our mores, using science as the backdrop, as the game changer. Mae Jemison Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not. Isaac fiction is something that could happen - but usually you wouldn't want it to. Arthur C. Clarke

11 Science Fiction Awards Hugo Award Nebula Award Prometheus Award

12 If we can’t define it, what good is it?

13 Common Core 99 # of items in CC Appendix B Grades 9-12 3 Science Fiction titles: Fahrenheit 541 9.3 The Invisible Man 11.4.alt1 Frankenstein 12.4.alt1 55 # of items in CC Units Module Lesson Plans Grades 9-12 2 Science Fiction titles: The Invisible Man 11.4.alt2 Frankenstein 12. 4. alt1

14 STEM and Science Fiction Isaac Asimov Miles J.Breuer Gregory Benford Alistair Reynolds Fred Hoyle Stephen Baxter Eric Temple Bell Arthur C. Clarke Ralph S. CooperChan Davis J.B.S. Haldane Julian Huxley Willy Lay James McConnell Chad Oliver Robert S. Richardson Dr. Louis N. Rideourr Leo SlizardNorbert Weiner

15 Victor Appleton, Tom Swift and his Electric Rifle, 1911 Taser 1974 Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land, 1961 Waterbed 1968 Arthur C. Clarke, “V-2 for Ionospheric Research,” Wireless, 1945 Geosynchronous Satellite Communication, 1964 Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1875 Nuclear submarine, 1954 H.G. Wells, When the Sleeper Wakes, 1899 Automatically opening doors

16 Other examples: HEAT RAY: The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells, 1898. Winston Churchill spent time and money during WWII to create a “death ray”; out of which came modern day RADAR technology… CRYOGENICS: “The Jameson Satellite” by Neil R. Jones 1931 inspired Robert Ettinger to create this field of study. ORGANIC CIRCUITRY TATTOOS: Pandora’s Star by Peter Hamilton, 2004. Motorola in 2003 was applying for a patent for “Coupling an Electronic Skin Tattoo to a Mobile Communications Device”. 5D SUPERMAN MEMORY CRYSTALS: (referencing the memory shard in Fortress of Solitude) layered quartz memory storage system

17 Want more examples? Explore the inventions, technology and ideas of science fiction writers at Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) - over 2,400 are available. Use the Timeline of Science Fiction Invention or the alphabetic Glossary of Science Fiction Technology to see them all, look for the category that interests you, or browse by favorite author / book. Browse more than 4,100 Science Fiction in the News articles.Timeline of Science Fiction InventionGlossary of Science Fiction Technologycategoryauthorbook

18 MIT MAS S650: Science Fiction to Science Fabrication: Pulp to Prototype Pataphysics (French: ‘pataphysique): The science of imaginary solutions. For decades, science fiction authors have explored both our wildest dreams and greatest fears for where technology might lead us. Yet, science fiction is fueled by the concerns of today just as much as it is about fantastic imaginings of the future. This class ties science fiction with speculative/critical design as a means to encourage the ethical and thoughtful design of new technologies. COURSE DESCRIPTION (short) With a focus on the creation of functional prototypes, this class combines the analysis of classic and modern science fiction texts and films with physical fabrication or code-based interpretations of the technologies they depict. Topics will include virtual/augmented reality; networks; artificial intelligence; nanotechnology; humanism and transhumanism; cyborgs and robotics; environmental issues; biology; utopias and dystopias; surveillance; music and art; interfaces; wearables; and/or religion, culture, and society. Guest lecturers and representatives from sponsor companies working in these areas will contribute to select project critiques. Requires regular reading, discussion, bi-weekly projects, and a final project. BIO-SYNTH: creating a musical composition based upon a live feed or video clip of the movement of a micro-organism. From “Inside Ulam’s Body”/Blood Music by Greg Bear (HUGO) 1983, 1985. (MIT Imaginarium)

19 Try STEAM!

20 “Reading Science Fiction is like an ethics class for inventors.“ Sophia Bruekner, MIT "

21 University of Arizona The Center for Science and the Imagination Project Hieroglyph The Tomorrow Project (Intel) Evoke (World Bank) Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab (Imaginarium) University of California San Diego The Center for Human Imagination Partnership with the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation

22 Where do you come up with this stuff? (In no particular order…) trends-technology-s-future reality.html#more engineering-math/ need-to-read-more-science-fiction/279793/ 2013-part-1/,9171,2048299,00.html

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