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INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE FICTION Prof. Myrna Monllor Jiménez copyright © Myrna Monllor Jiménez 2008 Prof. Myrna Monllor Jiménez copyright © Myrna Monllor.

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1 INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE FICTION Prof. Myrna Monllor Jiménez copyright © Myrna Monllor Jiménez 2008 Prof. Myrna Monllor Jiménez copyright © Myrna Monllor Jiménez 2008

2 Balance (1989)

3 Definition »based on scientifically-established or postulated laws of nature. »Explore alternate possibilities to a scientific problem. »based on scientifically-established or postulated laws of nature. »Explore alternate possibilities to a scientific problem.

4 Subgenres: Hard Science Fiction »Based on physics, astrophysics, chemistry » Accurately predict how technology can change the world »Based on physics, astrophysics, chemistry » Accurately predict how technology can change the world 1998

5 Subgenres: Soft Science Fiction »Based on psychology, economics, political science, anthropology 2006

6 Subgenres: Cyberpunk Blade Runner 1982

7 Other subgenres Military Science Fiction Superhuman Apocalyptic Space Opera/ Space Western

8 Background Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

9 19 th Century Writers Jules Verne Journey to the Center of the Earth 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Predicted underwater and space travel

10 H. G. Wells The Time Machine The Island of Dr. Moreau The War of the Worlds Anticipated sexual freedom and eugenics

11 20 th Century Writers George Orwell “Big Brother is watching you“ Concerned about totalitarian states, and with the loss of personal freedom Opposed to fascist and capitalist states

12 Aldous Huxley Brave New World Anticipates developments in reproductive technology, eugenics, mind control Presented a world where history was prohibited Critical of Henry Ford’s assembly line and his assertion that “History is bunk.”

13 Isaac Asimov I Robot Arthur C. Clarke 2001 Space Odyssey Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse-five Harrison Bergeron Ray Bradbury The Martian Chronicles Fahrenheit 451

14 The First Science Fiction Films A Trip to the Moon Georges Melies 1902

15 A Trip to the Moon

16 The First Science Fiction Films 1927

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18 The First Science Fiction Films

19 Science Fiction Films of the 1950’s

20 The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

21 Plan 9 from Outer Space1956

22 Science Fiction Films of the 60’s the Cold War fear of nuclear destruction space wars

23 Planet of the Apes (1968)

24 Stanley Kubrick 2001 Space Odyssey (1968) Dr. Strangelove (1964) A Clockwork Orange (1971)

25 Kubrick » Made thought provoking stories » Showed spectacular space imagery » Used Pioneering technical effects » Introduced the first killer computer, Hal » Made thought provoking stories » Showed spectacular space imagery » Used Pioneering technical effects » Introduced the first killer computer, Hal Opening Ending

26 2001 Space Odyssey Beginning

27 2001 Space Odyssey Ending

28 George Lucas Created a modern myth and unforgettable characters Used innovative special effects

29 Steven Spielberg »Visually poetic images »Extra-terrestrial intelligence »Benevolent extra-terrestrials »Visually poetic images »Extra-terrestrial intelligence »Benevolent extra-terrestrials

30 Humor in Science Fiction Sleeper (1973) Mars Attack (1996) Men in Black (1996)

31 Sleeper (1973)

32 CHARACTERISTICS Time displacement into a technological future where some current tendencies of our culture have become dominant. Time displacement into a technological future where some current tendencies of our culture have become dominant. The Fifth Element

33 Sometimes present a seemingly utopian social situation that is really dystopian in nature The Stepford Wives (1975) Minority Report (2002)

34 Many are pessimistic and critical in their vision of the way scientific achievement will affect social progress or individual happiness The Cell (2000)

35 Many present a clean, sterile world—or the opposite—a world ravaged by death or destruction. Blade Runner (1982) Gattaca (1997)

36 Recent Sci-fi Films

37 Some are action/adventure films or stories. The Matrix (1999)

38 Present the unforeseen consequences of technology 2001 Space Odyssey (1968) I Robot (2004)

39 In the stories science has become a monster that has overpowered human beings Brave New World (1998) Gattaca (1997)

40 Some deal with space travel, space wars, or time travel. Newer stories and films deal with cybernetics and virtual reality. eXistenz (1999)

41 Must See Science Fiction Films »Metropolis »Blade Runner »2001 Space Odyssey »Star Wars »Alien »The Day the Earth Stood Still »WALL-E »Metropolis »Blade Runner »2001 Space Odyssey »Star Wars »Alien »The Day the Earth Stood Still »WALL-E »The Terminator »Planet of the Apes »E.T. »Solaris »Close Encounters of the Third Kind »A Trip to the Moon »Children of Men


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