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  Science Fiction
Science fiction, sometimes referred to with the broader term of speculative fiction, finds its roots in the mists of antiquity, claiming the Epic of Gilgamesh, the rapture of Elijah, and Greek and Egyptian mythology as its predecessors.
His work illustrates that science fiction arises when the rate of technological progress accelerates to the degree that consciousness of the changes within one's lifetime develops, and flourishes only when industrialisation brings the knowledge that the future will not be like the present to the common awareness.
Science fiction authors have the ideas available to all fiction writers at their disposal, as well as the scientific, futuristic, and alternative possibilities, limited only by their imaginations.
www.sccs.swarthmore.edu /users/06/powen/populaer/ScienceFiction.htm   (4752 words)

 Political ideas in science fiction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The exploration of politics in science fiction is arguably older than the identification of the genre.
Often the political focus of a science fiction novel is less on the social order, but how people maneuver and achieve their agendas within a given system.
It didn't share the political turmoil of its real world counterpart and the constitutional monarchy was portrayed by author as an ideal remedy for inherent problems of a society created brutalised people resorting to terror in their fight for freedom.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Political_ideas_in_science_fiction   (1906 words)

 Science Fiction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
A schizophrenic creation of the industrial revolution, science fiction continues to be nurtured by a world that is terrified at the prospect of technological madness, while passionately embracing the promise of technological prosperity.
Science fiction is traditionally strong on plot and weak on developing its characters, Foote states, but science fiction as a whole has improved.
Science fiction of this type actually allows our society to negotiate this relationship between ourselves and objects that we have created and need to live with--whether an automobile, an airplane or a space shuttle, or various problems that technology has created.
gtalumni.org /news/magazine/spr94/scifi.html   (2270 words)

 A Political History of SF
Pre-Campbellian science fiction bubbled up from the American pulp magazines of the 1910s and 1920s, inspired by pioneers like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells but mostly recycling an endless series of cardboard cliches: mad scientists, lost races, menacing bug-eyed monsters, coruscating death rays, and screaming blondes in brass underwear.
The Futurians invented a kind of SF in which science was not at the center, and the transformative change motivating the story was not technological but political or social.
Science fiction, as a literature, embraces the possibility of radical transformations of the human condition brought about through knowledge.
www.catb.org /~esr/writings/sf-history.html   (4436 words)

 Foster on Film - Science Fiction
Fantasy (of which Science Fiction is a sub-genre) is belittled by supporters of "the main stream," both in literature and in film.
Science Fiction is a much larger genre than Film Noir or Swashbucklers, overlapping almost all other genres (there are SF mysteries, SF Swashbucklers, SF Film Noir, SF Westerns, SF war films, SF comedies, and SF romances, to name a few).
The science is questionable, and the philosophy is ridiculous, but the dinosaurs are a sight to behold.
www.fosteronfilm.com /important/sf.htm   (2454 words)

 Political Science Fiction:1570031134:Hassler, Donald M.; Wilcox, Clyde :eCampus.com
Political Science Fiction examines the close relationship between politics and science fiction and shows how much of the former is grounded in the latter.
Sixteen science fiction writers and critics join forces to offer an anthology that explores a diversity of futuristic literature, from the novels of H. Wells to Star Trek: The Next Generation, and a spectrum of ideas, from the libertarianism of Robert A. Heinlein to the feminism of Ursula K. LeGuin and Sheri S. Tepper.
Equally divided between essays that analyze science fiction texts as literature and essays that discuss them as models of political science theory and practice, the collection reveals the propensity of fiction writers to center their works on particular governmental structures.
www.ecampus.com /bk_detail.asp?ISBN=1570031134   (383 words)

 Social Science Courses
Surveys the literature of science fiction after it was established as a publisher's category in response to the research revolution.
The informal political institutions, such as parties and interest groups, are analyzed and related to the formal governmental institutions, such as the presidency and the Congress.
Surveys ideas and issues that have influenced the history of sociology and continue to bear significantly on current theory.
www.iit.edu /dept/ss/ss_course.html?Political   (2583 words)

 Science Fiction
And the first bonafide science fiction classic is probably Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1818)--a gothic tale of technoscientific aspiration, hubris, and retribution that continues to gain fans not only in Hollywood (five different productions in the 1990s!) but among contemporary SF readers as well.
Although the label "science fiction" was never actually applied to literary products until the 1920s (when it was used, as Vonnegut implies, to identify exotic tales of imagination and adventure published in juvenile-oriented pulp magazines), the genre can easily be expanded to include some of the oldest and most distinguished works of world literature.
Imaginative fiction (usually set in a faraway place or in the distant past or future) that depicts a world whose political organization, technical resources, or social and moral codes are strikingly different than our own.
condor.depaul.edu /~dsimpson/awtech/scifi.htm   (1096 words)

 On Science & Science Fiction by Kathryn Cramer
The physical sciences are the most capable of detailed prediction (and thus falsification by experiment), so they are perceived in fiction as more reliable indicators of future possibilities, or stable grounds for orderly speculation.
Hard science fiction is a lively and diverse literature that attempts to evoke the power and wonder of science, to articulate the sensation of discovering the true and the real.
The technophilic wing of the science fiction community treasures the thought that because of our interest in and enthusiasm for technological innovation, we may just be the next stage of human evolution.
ebbs.english.vt.edu /exper/kcramer/anth/Cramer.html   (2494 words)

 Political Science
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (1975+) supplies up-to-date bibliographic information and research within the political science discipline and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration/policy.
All significant political thinkers and designers of political institutions in the West are included, and special attention is give to Muslim and Chinese political thought.
Provides a guide to the major ideas and doctrines that influence the contemporary world; it outlines the thought of leading political theorists, past and present, and considers the ways in which thinking about politics has evolved historically.
www.lib.uchicago.edu /e/su/polsci   (8127 words)

 Out Of This World   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Science fiction is a genre of fiction in which advances in science, or contact with more scientifically advanced civilizations, create situations different from those of both the present day and the known past.
Science fiction films have explored a great range of subjects and themes, including many that can not be readily presented in other genres.
Today, science fiction films are in the forefront of new special effects technology, and the audience has become accustomed to displays of realistic alien life forms, spectacular space battles, energy weapons, faster than light travel, and distant worlds.
fan.geekish.net /scifi/?about   (275 words)

 POLITICAL SCIENCE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Because the major concerns of political scientists include the study of policymaking, it is not surprising that political scientists have developed a wide variety of conceptual models to analyze policy decisions.
To the political scientist using this model, policy explanations focus on the goals the government served when choosing a particular policy and on the degree of reasonable correspondence between that policy and the nation's objectives.
Political scientists applying this model classify government policy as the result of a process characterized by "bargaining along regularized circuits among players positioned hierarchically within government" (7).
vesuvius.jsc.nasa.gov /er/seh/political.html   (7793 words)

 fUSION Anomaly. Science Fiction
science fiction, literary genre to which a background of science or pseudoscience is integral.
Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today-but the core of science fiction, its essence … has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.
Secondly, there are as many sf ideas in the genre that deal with the soft sciences - sociology, linguistics, political science, etc - as there are ones that deal with hardware, and these are mostly constructive, not destructive.
fusionanomaly.net /sciencefiction.html   (3256 words)

 GreenCine | Science Fiction
In the movies, the term science fiction has been applied equally to genuinely speculative flights of fiction and any fantasy with a futuristic setting, a ray gun, an alien monster or a space ship.
Russian cinema used science fiction as a lens through which to view the ideals of socialism and the threats to that ideal, notably in the visually delirious space-opera spoof Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924), about a social revolution on Mars.
But science fiction has always been more accurate at reflecting the conditions of its own time than predicting the details of things to come, and 1950s SF cinema is rife with anxiety and paranoia.
www.greencine.com /static/primers/sci-fi-1.jsp   (2517 words)

 Amazon.com: This Is the Way the World Ends: Books: James Morrow   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
This is the Way the World Ends is an apocolyptic piece of fiction written by James Morrow In this title the Russians and United States engage in a nuclear war all but annihilating the human race in the process.
Contrary to Mills, the giant prehistoric bird is explained in ordinary biological terms and is therefore, strictly speaking, science fictional not fantastic.
This is to that even speculative science fictional ideas are fantastic in the sense that they're highly unusual.
www.amazon.com /This-World-Ends-James-Morrow/dp/0156002086   (3226 words)

 Summit Ministries - dKosopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
This is intended to safeguard their fundamentalist Christian faith from the threat of conversion to Secular Humanism, Marxism-Leninism and Postmodernism which they might encounter in liberal arts curricula.
Noebel's political philosopical obsessions may be found in his Understanding the Times: The Religious Worldviews of Our Day and the Search for Truth, Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 1991, ISBN 1565072685.
One of the stranger elements in Understanding the Times is that science fiction author Isaac Asimov is repeatedly identified as one of the prime villains in the struggle.
www.dkosopedia.com /wiki/Summit_Ministries   (373 words)

 News Indexed by Topic - SCIENCE FICTION
Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology (University of Texas Press, $24.95), in which Dinello explores the chasm between the rosy daydreams of scientists and the more jaundiced nightmares of sci-fi writers and filmmakers.
Unlike their fictional counterparts in the West, apparently hell-bent on destruction, robots in Japan are seen as forces for good, as borne out by their role in rescue work.
Science fiction traditionally focuses on the impact of imaginary technologies or sciences on humans.
www.aaai.org /AITopics/newstopics/scifi.html   (13157 words)

 ASP: Science Fiction Stories with Good Astronomy & Physics
This is a selective list of some short stories and novels that use more or less accurate science and can be used for teaching or reinforcing astronomy or physics concepts.
A novel by a science fiction writer and an anthropologist.
A fictional memoir of Hubble's life; gets some of the facts wrong, but an intriguing effort.
www.astrosociety.org /education/resources/scifi.html   (380 words)

 User talk: - SourceWatch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
It's an extrapolation to infer that my removal of one reference and one article from the vast quantity of your contributions should be taken as "alienation" (nice pun; yours).
There are plenty of interesting political and social ideas in general fiction as well.
The trick with SourceWatch is to incorporate useful references, and articles of expanded explanation, which support rather than detract (by dilution) from, the SourceWatch themes of exposing deception in advertising, media, corporate, and government propaganda.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=User_talk:   (782 words)

She received her MA and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Political Science and did her undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she received a BS degree, with a major in Political Science and a minor in French.
She was appointed to the Committee on the Status of Women of the American Political Science Association.
John Rapp received his Ph.D. in Political Science, with a minor in East Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin in 1988, completing preliminary exams in comparative politics-China (passed with distinction), political theory, and international relations.
www.beloit.edu /~polisci/faculty.htm   (1910 words)

 Science Fiction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The prototype of the science fiction novel, it has spawned countless imitations and adaptations but retains its original power.
This is one of his best novels and as an example of the pulp fiction of the early 20th century it is a first-class work.
The ideas are even more impressive considering they are over 100 years old and still hold up better than many other time-travel books.
www.esspc-ebooks.com /sciencefiction.asp   (4623 words)

 Science Fiction Ideas
Hell, Charles Stross, arguably one of the hotest authors out there, has a new book named after it; Singularity Sky.
There will be social and political changes also.
This article shows that the political lines are already being drawn before nanotechnology can begin to effect our lives.
radio.weblogs.com /0128543/2003/08/12.html   (193 words)

 Science Fiction: Prehistory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Progenitors of science fiction can be found in fiction written before the pervasiveness of the scientific method developed by Francis Bacon (1561-1626).
He was the first writer of interplanetary fiction.
Great utopias are generally moral or political in intention and thus are not really science fiction.
www.nvcc.edu /home/ataormina/scifi/history/prehistory.htm   (263 words)

 dustbury.com: Political Science Fiction Archives
Dean Esmay reports that in the last half of the 20th century conservatism ceased to be the red-headed stepchild of American political thought — and then found itself at the dawn of the 21st to be the dominant strain.
McConnell is acclaimed by legal scholars on both sides of the political fence; though distinctly conservative, he does not come across as an ideologue.
It confirms his worldweary view of politics (which he acquired from his tutor at the age of eighteen): any nation is just as bad as every other nation, all political systems are equally stupid.
www.dustbury.com /archives/cat_political_science_fiction.html   (15789 words)

 JCH Digital Designs - Using Poser to Create Artwork
I read a message in one of the forums that went something like, "If I wanted photo-realism, I'd buy a camera." The idea is true- even today's cheap cameras (and a user with no experience) can produce images that are more "photo-real" than expensive 3-D programs (and people with years of experience).
Political Cartoon: make a picture that pokes fun at political leaders, makes a statement about politics, or as a form of protest.
Science Fiction: make up your own science fiction or futuristic scene.
www.cocs.com /poser/poserartwork.htm   (2265 words)

 Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Tracy Falbe
Tracy Falbe, author of the fantasy series The Rys Chronicles, explores themes and inspirations in the science fiction and fantasy genre along with commentary about her novels.
It is just wonderful how people these days can so freely produce their ideas and publish content on the internet.
The purpose of this Fantasy Art Contest is to populate with portraits the character descriptions from the new fantasy series The Rys Chronicles.
blog.falbepublishing.com   (1393 words)

 Political Science Fiction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Others reveal the ways in which science fiction speaks to the study of international relations, such as the support for realist ideology found in the enormous genre of interspecies war novels and stories.
Of particular interest to viewers of Star Trek, three essays deal with the depiction of alien governments, gender identity, and isolationism in the original and the new television series.
Clyde Wilcox is professor of government at Georgetown University and author of books on campaign finance, religion and politics, and gender politics.
www.sc.edu /uscpress/1996/3113.html   (371 words)

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