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.
Advances which will affect our society, the behaviour of individuals and how we live. In modern day, Science fiction is a very popular kind of imaginative literature. Science Fiction is the genre that asks ' What if?' It is a genre to infinite possibilities. By 'Science Fiction' I mean Jules Verne, H.G.Wells and Edgar Allan Poe type of story.
The Genre of Science Fiction Science Fiction has been interpreted by many in a wrong way. Most people feel that the author is just in love with the future. However this is not the truth in most science fiction novels. The majority of Science Fiction books are more about the horrors of the future. In Fahrenheit 451 the author Ray Bradbury makes an argument for societies need to consider that the outcomes of science fiction might become realities.
His knowledge in sciences and his grasp of logic makes his science fiction more believable. As both a writer and a scientist, Asimov uses scientific theories as the basis of his fiction. His stories are thought of as not just works of fiction, but hypotheses for the future of our world, or hypotheses for how other worlds, if they exist, would be like. What makes his propositions go beyond fiction is that he does not just create things from magic or fantasy, but creates worlds with rationality and scientific possibilities or probabilities. He allows the reader to think, "Could this be real?"
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.
Literature has taken these abstract thoughts and put them to reality on paper. Science fiction is a genre of literature that is frequently misinterpreted by general readers. Aside from the stereotypes of alien invasions in science fiction, this genre uses the concepts of reality and expands on it; it deviates from the truth, reads the future, and answers the questions many humans fear. Analyzing the structure of the novel Dreamchild, and comparing Hillary Hemingway and Jeffry P. Lindsay writing style to other science fiction novelist, one can see how they stay within the stereotype of science fiction literature. The many differences in sci-fi books are exposed when reading this particular book and others of this kind.
Whether you are a fan or not, Science Fiction and Fantasy is, or has been, present in your life at some point. The genre has helped progress society in many ways. Sci-fi and Fantasy are for the creative. One cannot embrace the wild and imaginative plot lines without the ability to think creatively. Sometimes the fantastical ideas presented in the books and shows are absorbed by these creative and inventive minds and applied to the real world.
Stories like that obviously demand a great amount of creativity. Also, the way Asimov shows what he thinks of technology through his style of writing is unique. The way he writes his books helps a wide audience of readers be able to read his books about technological advancements, molecules, or even complex mathematics. In addition to that, Asimov’s science-fiction novels are set in the immediate and far future on distant planets circling other suns. All in all, Isaac Asimov uses a unique style to portray his elaborate views on subjects of technology, science fiction, and the future.
From beginning to end his books keep the audience appealed and wanting more. Wells was a firm believer in science fiction. H.G. Wells believed that some topics of his writings would become true, which he proves in both The Time Machine and War of the Worlds, that war had the potential to end the human race, and that humans and animals were much alike. “Science fiction was made popular in the 1920’s, if not invented in the 1920’s” (Sterling, The world of sciece fiction).
As I have illustrated in these examples, science fiction can be the major genre of a story or it can be merely a piece within a story. Such a debatable concept as this one can be extremely difficult to completely define. For now, we’ll have to settle for a general definition such as the one I have written above, but perhaps in the future someone will define science fiction more clearly. Of course, if we limit the term science fiction to a clear-cut definition, will science fiction have such wonderful stories as it does now or will they end up being bland, repetitive stories? I believe that science fiction will never have a single definition because that just happens to be the nature of the genre.