Since early human civilization, storytellers have been using science fact in order to create elaborate, entertaining, believable stories about the world outside our own. Often these would explain other-worldly theories. In the more modern perspective, one can see science fiction used more as a form of money making entertainment rather than the scientific form it took before its advancements. You can see this through the history of the development of the science fiction, present day use, and the futuristic aspect. It is also important to look at the science involved.
Inventive yet believable scientific phenomena, imaginative fictional extensions of reality and questioning of technological developments breathe new life into science fiction. Despite the relentless change of society’s contemporary scientific interests, good science fiction is forever characterised by scientific principles, creative fiction and analytical social commentary. A popular, modern genre, science fiction has intrigued many through its insightful imagination and analytical allegories.
Advancement of Technology and Science and its Influence on Science Fiction Novels The rapid pace of technology and the advancement of scientific understanding in the past one hundred years are at the backbone for the distinctly twentieth century genre -- science fiction. Such rapid advancement in these fields of technology have opened up literally worlds of possibilities for the future. One hundred years ago the possibility of simply flying from city to city may have seemed nothing more than a distant futuristic dream to most. While a mere sixty years later the impossible was achieved -- a human being on the moon. Since technology has brought as much change as it has in the past one hundred years the next hundred should be entirely incomprehendable to us.
Science fiction films have been misunderstood at times to be simply, “films that feature rocketships" (Johnston 7). However, science-fiction is something that expands a much wider range than just a few flying saucers. Science-fiction films have long allowed for the exploration and discussion of controversial topics, providing us with insightful social commentary on current, or potential future issues. With a setting usually futuristic or similar to that present-day Earth, science-fiction are capable of addressing topics that usually would be taboo for discussion in another form. As Casper states in a section on Film Genres and The Genre Film, “the genre of science fiction establishes a sense of continuity between our cultural present and future” (Casper 284).
“Live long and prosper” may be the words which bring back good memories for the average geek in America but this may not be the case for a typical British geek. This is despite the fact that science fiction series in television have been hugely popular in both the U.S. and the U.K. all throughout history. After the 1960s, ‘New Wave’ science fiction began to take over television screens. ‘New Wave’ refers to science fiction which was characterized by a high degree of experimentation (Wolfe). 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.
“Science fiction was made popular in the 1920’s, if not invented in the 1920’s” (Sterling, The world of sciece fiction). Hugo Gernsac had put science fiction on the map. H.G. Wells made science fiction what it is today. Authors of this specific genre mainly attempt writing about new technological advances and gadgets.
Perhaps one of the most versatile genres in films, television, books, artwork and any number of things today is science fiction. Many times I have seen a sci-fi movie filed under comedy or drama. That is one of the major things that has led to my love for science fiction, the simple fact that it can be so much more than just science fiction. I would like to present a definition of what science fiction is in this paper. My definition will not be exact, because so many people have a different idea of what counts as sci-fi and, not only that, but we may have found yet another venue for science fiction by the time this paper is complete.
The genre for this film is science fiction. This means people are expecting to see space ships, good or evil aliens, machines, future technology. The audience would also expect to hear or see special effects. Significant objects would be spacecraft and associated objects, laboratories and scientific items. Characters would be normally men and women, who are often playing the role as scientist and researchers.
The Star Trek vessels also posses photon torpedoes,which seem to always be deflected by the enemies shields. Star Trek ships posses warp speed, which is a common caracteristic with Star Wars’ lightspeed. The starships are very attractive and streamlined, but hold a more realistic and practical appearance. Star Trek’s technology resembles the most likely future of technology, which adds to the realism of Star Trek. Next, Star Wars and Star Trek have similarities and differences in characters.
Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in The Shell Science fiction has been a staple of film entertainment since George Melies first explored the genre in his 1902 Le Voyage Dans La Lune. While even as early an example as this contained many defining features of the genre which are still present today, over 100 years of exploring the genre has both expanded and more accurately defined what makes a film fit the science fiction niche. This paper seeks to explore elements of Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in The Shell and how they conform to science fiction genre standards. These topics will include plot and thematic elements, as well as film techniques and iconography. Furthermore, the film will be examined through the reflectionist approach to determine how the story speaks to society’s mindset during the time of its production.