Monthly Archives: September 2018

What is Science Fiction

In my point of view, science fiction is not only the story of the future but also is the present. It is a great imagination about the future world. In most science fiction novels, the fear of unknown present many times. Such as Alien invasion, disasters because of too advanced technology, the nuclear war and so on. [...]

By |2019-01-13T01:35:34-05:00September 17th, 2018|F18, James Dai, What is SF|0 Comments

As Above, So Below

"Tis' true without lying, certain and most true. That which is below is like that which is above and that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of only one thing." - from the Emerald Tablet of Hermes the Thrice-Greatest If what we now call mythology was the effort of [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:38:24-05:00September 12th, 2018|F18, What is SF, Zemi|0 Comments

Slicing the Ephemeral Pie: Genre, Semantics, Just Desserts

  “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” -Arthur C. Clarke.   Attempting to define any genre within firm, elegant parameters is a notoriously difficult task because the concept of ‘genre’ is an artificial construct better designed to serve consumers than accurately describe the work of creators; Nowhere is that more clear than in [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:38:24-05:00September 12th, 2018|F18, Nathan, What is SF|0 Comments

Two Questions That Answer “What Is Science Fiction?”

In 1982, the British science fiction writer J.G. Ballard wrote a story called “Report on an Unidentified Space Station.” The title is a straightforward description of the plot: A crew of explorers navigates, and reports back on, an alien space station. The station is unusual for two reasons: First, it resembles a large airport waiting [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:38:24-05:00September 12th, 2018|Brendan, F18, What is SF|0 Comments

Making Sense of Science Fiction

What is science fiction? A student of fantastic literature would often find one’s object of study scrutinized, as its definitional boundaries do not always cohere with traditional literary standards. Fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction, dystopias and utopias, and to some extent magic realism, among many others, share blurred boundaries as we might often find texts [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:38:24-05:00September 12th, 2018|F18, Gaeid, What is SF|0 Comments

What is SF?

“What is Science Fiction?” is a question I find myself answering rather often when I tell friends and acquaintances what I read in my free time. And, each time I answer this question, I don't respond in quite the same way. Each one of my responses force me to try and encapsulate the most recent [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:38:24-05:00September 12th, 2018|Andrew, F18, What is SF|0 Comments

What is Science Fiction?

What is Science Fiction? Science Fiction literature centres on the speculative applications of the human intellect in the natural world for highly imaginative. Regardless of time, epoch, place or main species, what makes a story Science Fiction is a focus on fantastic fictional settings, events and technologies in which the laws of the natural world [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:38:24-05:00September 12th, 2018|Daniel, F18, What is SF|0 Comments

What in the World is Science Fiction?

We might best define science fiction by discussing it within the broader category of literary fiction. Fiction is unique in that it allows the reader to be temporarily transported into another place and time, escaping the “real world”. The reader might even have a paradigm shift by experiencing life through another person’s eyes, having access [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:38:24-05:00September 12th, 2018|Dawn, F18, What is SF|0 Comments

Sci-Fi: Realist Non-Realism

Even though it intends to be constrained and succinct –and actually accomplishes it–, the entry on “Definitions of Science Fiction” in Clute and Langford’s Enciclopedia of Science Fiction (SFE) consists of nearly three thousand words. Defining Science Fiction is clearly not an easy task. Sci-Fi is a slippery genre and there are as many definitions [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:38:24-05:00September 12th, 2018|F18, Valeria, What is SF|0 Comments
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