For the science fiction portion of this paper, I choose to use the definition of Isaac Asimov.
Modern science fiction is the only form of literature that consistently considers the
nature of the changes that face us, the possible consequences, and the possible solutions.
That branch of literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific advantage upon
This definition reflects the both the experiences I have had reading the genre, as well as the probable themes of most other science fiction works. This definition is very useful because it doesn't handicap itself by putting the changes that face us into one category. It is deliberately left open. Many people would say that any science fiction has to put humanity to a test or have it face a threat. This is simply not true. As long as a book addresses the nature of changes we may face, whether a threat, a trial, an ethical dilemma, or an opening of new possibilities and horizons, it may be considered worthy of the brand “science fiction.” Scientific advantage doesn't have to be a negative story about disaster, it can portray the joy of exploration or thrill of discovery. True science fiction has this new something result in consequences that require a change in modern-day thinking. If anything, science fiction is a means of getting people thinking about issues that we may face in the future. Good or bad they will change how the world works.
The Time Machine
H G Wells' The Time Machine fits well into Isaac Asimov's definition of science fiction. As the change that face us, Wells chose the long term effects of Social Darwinism and evolution. The time traveler traveled hundreds of thousands of years into the future and discovered the ...
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...to two categories: high and low. High contained world with world creation, low placed fantastical situations and characters in our own world. When I thought about it, I couldn't name any work I with a secondary world that wasn't considered fantasy in some sense. Nor could I do the same for novels with creatures in our world. Fantasy can be so much more than fairies frolicking in the woods (Phantastes excepted of course), and this definition made it easier to accept that fact. The one minor problem that I found with the Boyer-Zahorski definition was term “low” fantasy. I made me feel like stories based in the real world were somehow less than those in some grandiose new land. These distinctions are probably only concerning the level of fantastical elements in the story, low being far less fantastical than high, than a mark of quality or effort in the story's writing.
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