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Science Fiction Literature

Science fiction, in both literature and films, is one of the most popular genres in the world. Purists prefer the abbreviation S.F., but “Sci-Fi” as it is commonly known, can tap into an audience’s sense of wonder for a time period or technology that they might never get a chance to experience first-hand. In a sense it’s tough to properly characterize, because there are seemingly no limits to the characters, themes, or settings the genre may employ. There are however, some characteristics that often appear within the genre. Get some latestĀ sci-fi shirts.

Science fiction stories very often take place in worlds that only could exist in the mind of an author and audience; worlds far off in the future, or past, or worlds dealing with advanced technology or alien life forms. To enjoy science fiction, readers must accept the creative vision of the author as reality. Science fiction relies on our imaginations to be boundless creators in order to look past the constraints of reality in order make the world what we (or more specifically the author) may want it to be. The author’s creativity is the only limit to the characteristics of the world a science fiction work is set in, not the real, physical or social constraints that rule our day-to-day lives.

A reader accepting an author’s vision of reality thereby gives the author a chance to make a very strong impact on him or her. Just imagine would every day like would be like in a different reality technologically or socially; imagine the far-reaching impact on society if people possessed much more advanced technology, or cohabited with alien life forms? As we accept the surreal or wondrous devices or living conditions in the sci-fi literature as reality, we then may assume that the surreal and wondrous will one day be accepted as commonplace in society. Sci-fi literature may provide us with a glimpse, however convoluted, of what sort of future awaits us Who knows what kind of inspiration science fiction has provided to past generations of inventors, scientists, or technological innovators.

For just a quick example of this, consider Jules Verne’s classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Today’s reality seen through the eyes of a person from generations ago might seem like science fiction. To the technology of the time, the 1870s, when Verne’s classic was released, the concept of a nuclear fission or a nuclear-powered submarine that could sustain permanent travels below the oceans was totally implausible. Most naval fleets in the world now consist of nuclear-powered subs. Check out some amazingĀ sci-fi posters.

There are varying levels of accuracy in the actual scientific content across science fiction literature. Famous science fiction author Isaac Asimov frequently wrote of robots with differing sorts of artificial intelligence. Obviously we have not arrived at that point yet, but there is ongoing work to try and achieve exactly that. The world of medicine is also a popular topic for exploration of Science Fiction authors. Like technology in other areas of life, today’s modern cures and advanced procedures probably would seem like the work of a science fiction writer to someone alive two hundred years ago.

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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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