The sheer mentions of the words science fiction bring to mind certain hackneyed topics we Americans see in the media, those topics being technology and aliens. As different as each topic may be, juxtaposed, they share a key element that fuel the creative minds of science fiction writers. It is not the fact that they each have drastically advancement these past one hundred years, but rather the thought of an invasion. Although the idea of technology one day overpowering us has dominated Hollywood films for the past decade, it is a rather new topic. The War of the Worlds, a novel written by H.G.
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Offering an explanation for what the effects of the new discoveries, happenings or developments will have on us in the future. Another key cornerstone of the genre, as described by Adam Roberts in The History of Science Fiction (2005) , is the encounter with ‘otherness’. Roberts argues that science fiction is a symbolist genre, different from other symbolist genres due to the fact that the symbols are rooted in science and pseudoscience. The point of the symbolic mediums used is to connect the voyage of the un-encountered with our own experience of being in the real world. This is the same effect Wells is trying to elicit from his readers by adhering to his law of science fiction writing.
It was during this time when the U.S and the U.K started to telecast science fiction series which had a huge impact on society. Star Trek became the forefront of American science fiction series in television while British science fiction series could be best represented by Doctor Who, a hugely successful production which started in 1963 and still runs today. Both nations revolutionized the way science fiction was shared and interpreted, being the leaders behind this ‘New Wave’. Yet, the unique socio-cultural differences between both societies lead to slightly differing tracks of science fiction television series. The influence which both sets of series had on the media and society is unremarkable.
What if you could live for a couple thousand years traveling through time and space in a chameleon ship exploring the universe while averting disaster? In addition to that, what if you’re always the smartest person in the room regardless of where you are? If so, then you would be the Doctor, well almost except the Doctor’s chameleon circuit board in his ship is broken so he has to travel around in a small blue police box called a Tardis, but hey no worries, it’s bigger on the inside. This is the setting for one of the world’s most famous sci-fi television series. If you already knew all this, then you are probably a Whovian or at least know one.
“Science Fiction” or “Speculative Fiction” as fiction or film that portrays “a changed world that has not yet come into being”. This “change” has to be significantly different, and “consistent with the... arguments of contemporary science” including extensions of current scientific thinking for a text to qualify. Common motifs in Science Fiction include space travel, alien visitors, machines, urban jungles, alternate energy forms, nuclear explosions, weapons, and colonies in bio-domes on other planets; all of which mirror the dreams and inventions of industrialised society. (Hubpages) To wrap this up, Guardians of the galaxy, Men in Black, the hitchhiker guide to the galaxy are amazing examples of science fiction. In the story vogons are an example of aliens.
Which is put into perspective when the alien spacecraft appears coming toward earth. In the lab in Mexico scene starts you can sense excitement, and adventure to come. The combine technology between the spacecraft produces a large aspect of science fiction in the film. You can see our past and the present to show the advancement of the technology since 1969 and the time the film was suppose to represent. It also puts earth in prospect to the alien spacecraft.
Because science fiction’s primary focus is science, it comes naturally that it becomes the main focus of the story. The way an author decides to depict the use of science varies greatly from story to story. Some may choose to use science in a good way, while others may show the negative impacts science could have. In “Nine Lives” by Ursula Le Guin and “Rappaccini’s Daughter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne each author shows how characters can be connected or driven apart by science. “Nine Lives” is a story that takes place on the planet Libra, where two men, Pugh and Martin, go to work.
Postmodern novel as a genre is mainly intertextual because it often goes beyond the paradigm of literature and borrows its material from different fields of study like science, geography, history, astronomy and so on to make a collage of different theories and citations for shaping a literary text in a new dimension. Thomas Pynchon was a student of Engineering Physics at Cornell University. It is therefore not surprising that he uses science as a background for the interpretation of literature. His main aim is to interpret the postmodern condition where life has taken a new dimension in the midst of enormous influence of science and technology. Man is so much guided by technologies that it too some extent ruins the natural flow of life.