Where No SF Has Gone Before: Futurama and its Relationship with Science Fiction Culture and Legacy

Futurama occupies a curious place in the history of science fiction media.  The animated television show, created by Matt Groening, is both science fiction comedy and science fiction parody.  It engages with a rich history of science fiction, representing and reimagining it within its own universe, while at the same time developing its own ideas [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:39:06-05:00November 2nd, 2016|Essay 3, F16, Matthew|0 Comments

Robbie the Robot: Humanizing a Non Human

Much of Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot is concerned with what almost seem logic puzzles, stories where the complications of the three laws of robotics cause robots to malfunction or otherwise act in ways not originally intended.  However, the first full chapter of the book, titled “Robbie”, breaks this mold.  It is instead a story humanizing [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:39:07-05:00October 5th, 2016|Essay 2, F16, Matthew|0 Comments

What is Science Fiction?

Science fiction is, first and foremost, a fiction.  It can take multiple forms, be those prose, poetry, film, radio, digital media, the list is nearly inexhaustible.  But still, in those forms the work must be a fiction.  “Science fact,” after all, would be a physics textbook, or maybe an episode of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.  While [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:40:45-05:00September 14th, 2016|F16, Matthew, What is SF|0 Comments
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