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What Is Sci-Fi?

Assuming I am being asked from a genre studies perspective, I like to define Science Fiction in accordance to Ursula K. Le Guin’s definition of the text we read in class: “Words can be used thus paradoxically because they have, along with a semiotic usage, a symbolic or metaphoric usage. All fiction is a metaphor. [...]

By | 2018-01-07T15:01:56-04:00 September 15th, 2016|Ivan, What is SF|0 Comments

What is Science Fiction?

Science fiction is a form of fiction in which the plot is tied to an extrapolation of our current ideas of science or technology. To be considered science fiction, the science or technology present does not need a real basis in the science of now, but should live in the realm of the distantly possible. [...]

By | 2018-01-07T15:01:56-04:00 September 14th, 2016|John, What is SF|0 Comments

Is this Science Fiction?

Science Fiction is space, aliens, robots, time travel, and tight plastic white jumpsuits with broad shoulders and no pockets (post-scarcity means post-functionality) - right? Most of the time science fiction is labeled by what it has in it. This is important, but it is not the only thing that makes it Science Fiction (SF). On [...]

By | 2018-01-07T15:01:56-04:00 September 14th, 2016|Arline, What is SF|0 Comments

What is Science Fiction?

“Say, what's the matter? . . . Where are you going?” - “Not to your world. . . Goodbye, stranger. . .” Science fiction is a genre in which intelligent, non-human entities cause us to question our own privileged place in the universe. It forces us to reckon with the intelligent other in order to ask [...]

By | 2016-09-14T17:48:52-04:00 September 14th, 2016|Charlie, What is SF|0 Comments

What is Science Fiction?

Fiction is any work that tells a story that isn't meant to recount true events in a factually accurate way. The science part of science fiction is less clear, but most people I believe are comfortable with a standard of "I know it when I see it."But for a more workable definition, it's easiest to [...]

By | 2018-01-07T15:01:56-04:00 September 14th, 2016|Ryne, What is SF|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 | 2016-09-14T15:57:20-04:00 September 14th, 2016|Matthew, What is SF|0 Comments

What is Science Fiction?

According to Ursula Le Guin in her introduction to The left hand of darkness, a writer of science fiction is supposed to “take a trend or phenomenon of the here-and-now, purify and intensify it for dramatic effect, and extend it into the future” (1). I could not agree more – science fiction has the ability [...]

By | 2018-01-07T15:01:56-04:00 September 14th, 2016|Sophie, What is SF|0 Comments

What is Science Fiction

Science fiction imagines alternate realities and beings marked by technological and scientific advances impossible or not yet present on Earth. The genre’s creative world building enables readers to shed their terrestrial ways of thinking and contemplate new definitions of existence. Often, science fiction forces us to consider a reality in which “we are not alone” [...]

By | 2018-01-07T15:01:57-04:00 September 14th, 2016|Sigrid, What is SF|0 Comments

What is Science Fiction?

Science fiction portrays a reality that is beyond what is currently our own. This reality may be presented in the form of an alternate or expanded present or past, or an imagined future.  Through the exploration and use of metaphors of other-worldly elements and events, and predicted technological advances or outcomes, Science Fiction deals in [...]

By | 2018-01-07T15:01:57-04:00 September 13th, 2016|Samantha, What is SF|0 Comments

What is science fiction

I would describe science fiction as stories that extend the boundaries of the possible. While fantasy requires us to suspend our disbelief entirely, science fiction asks only that we consider what could happen within a tenable, even if potentially different, reality. From this broad description of what science fiction does, the distinction between it and [...]

By | 2016-09-13T19:17:03-04:00 September 13th, 2016|Jane, What is SF|0 Comments