Presentation on theme: "Science Fiction Genre and Concerns. Familiar Science Fiction Star Wars Star Trek 2001: A Space Odyssey Independence Day I, Robot Men in Black Terminator."— Presentation transcript:
Science Fiction Genre and Concerns
Familiar Science Fiction Star Wars Star Trek 2001: A Space Odyssey Independence Day I, Robot Men in Black Terminator The Matrix Jurassic Park
What do these stories all have in common? Setting: the future Advanced technology: genetic engineering, intelligent robots, experimental medicine Concerned with outer space: aliens, space travel, other planets and solar systems Paranormal Phenomena and the Occult: ESP, telekinesis, psychics
Sci Fi vs. Fantasy Science fiction is based in fact: some of the technology is invented, some of the places are made up, but all of it is conceivable. Fantasy is not based in reality: it is purely imaginative. Consider: Will Smith vs. Harry Potter
Its all about the What if Authors chose to write in the science fiction genre because it allows them to reflect upon different scenarios in the future, based on whats happening today. Science fiction allows us to investigate our societys fears, dilemmas and concerns if we take a certain course of action, or if we keep doing things the way that we are.
Why SciFi? Makes us consider the emotional, psychological, and physical effects of futuristic ideas, conflict and change. Encourages us to keep an open mind to consider unlimited possibilities. Provokes questions regarding other forms of life, thereby bringing our own into perspective. Stimulates curiosity and the capacity for invention. Presents the reader with moral and ethical dilemmas that correspond to the real world.
History of Childhoods End Author: Arthur C. Clarke -renowned Science Fiction author Published in 1953 History -On the brink of the Space Race -The end of the British Empire and Colonialism -Pre-Civil Rights Movement Technology -The first color TV went on sale in the US for $1,175 -New York introduced the first 3-color stop lights
Sci Fi Elements in Childhoods End Setting: the future - the beginning of the 21 st century -50 years later, the middle of the 21 st C Concern with Outer Space: -Aliens -Humans have been to the moon; havent yet traveled the whole solar system Advanced Technology: -advanced communications, speedy travel Paranormal Phenomena -ESP and psychic experiences, the Ouija board, The Overmind