Science Fiction? Science Fiction – Going beyond the scope of current human knowledge Real or imagined scientific and technological advancements form the basis of most science fiction.
Frankenstein Mary Shelley 1818 Industrial Revolution Pessimistic view on modern science!
Jules Verne Optimistic Incredible adventures Traveling to the moon Optimistic vs. Pessimistic
WWII & Science Fiction?? Czech author - Karel Capek wrote about robots and the atomic bomb H.G. Wells – time travel, Martian invasion After WWII developments in nuclear and space technology drew attention on Science Fiction Orson Welles http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_of_the_Worlds_(radio_ drama) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_of_the_Worlds_(radio_ drama)
Hard vs. Soft Science Hard Science - physics, astronomy, or chemistry Soft - anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science Trailer
Fantasy? Breaks free of scientific explanations and realistic depictions Magic Imaginary worlds, gnomes, elves, talking animals
Utopia Noun a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions; an impractical scheme for social improvement Utopia written by Sir Thomas More 1478-1535 English statesman and author. Since More's time, utopia has come to mean "a place of ideal perfection." The word comes from the Greek: οὐ ("not") and τόπος ("place"). The English Homophone eutopia, derived from the Greek εὖ ("good" or "well") and τόπος ("place"), signifies a Double Meaning: "good place" and "no place". Synonym: never-never-land, nirvana, paridise Antonym: dystopia
Dystopia Noun an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives; an imaginary place where people are unhappy and usually afraid because they are not treated fairly from Greek: δυσ-, "bad, ill", and Greek: τόπος, "place, landscape" Synonym: Anti-Utopia Antonym: Utopia
Stories have been set in Asia, Russia, Nigeria, a future dystopia, wartime London, and 19th century New Zealand. In the science fiction novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradburry, the main character Guy Montag lives in a dystopia of the future.
Journal Why is the raven like a writing desk? http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid= 20100304071140AAuCUY0
Exit Slip What is the difference between Science Fiction & Fantasy?
~Top Ten~ What might lead someone to believe in an alien civilization? Work together Be Creative!
Readers Theater Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll