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  Science Fiction Themes
A theme is a small essay on a specific topic in relation to science fiction.
Science Fiction Progenitors: Portrays a number of authors who dealt with science fictional themes before the genre was "officially" born
Science Fiction Magazines: Describes some of the central, early science fiction magazines which have been mouthpieces of the genre at a time when it was not considered acceptable novel content
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  Kids.Net.Au - Encyclopedia > Science fiction themes
Science fiction has a number of common concepts and themes that have been reused by numerous authors.
Some have become cliches, and only truly novel treatments of them gain attention, whilst others have become "part of the furniture", ie they can be included in a story without much explanation, because readers are all already familiar with the core concept.
Post-apocalyptic science fiction and new societies that develop after the event
www.kids.net.au /encyclopedia-wiki/sc/Science_fiction_themes   (182 words)

 Study: Critical Thinking: Pseudoscience, "Science Fiction in Pseudoscience" 01/05
The term "science fiction" was invented to describe a certain genre of literature popularized in the 1920s, when pulp fiction magazines specializing in this type of fiction first appeared.
century fiction, the hero generally falls in love with the local princess and gets her out of the country just as a volcano or something similar destroys the civilization forever.
Century science fiction the terms "robot" and "android" have clearly established meanings of which movie script writers and many others seem to be totally ignorant.
www.csj.org /studyindex/studycrthk/study_pseddoscience/study_factscnfiction.htm   (961 words)

  Media and Imagination: A Short History of American Science Fiction
Science fiction writer Alan E. Norse explains, "The science fiction reader is encouraged by his reading not to fear or dread change, but rather to accept it as a fresh and exciting challenge.
Hugo Gernsback, founder of the American science fiction tradition, was himself a key figure in promoting radio as a socially transforming technology, and the earliest American science fiction appeared alongside articles on amateur radio and popular science.
Their theoretical works were read alongside science fiction written by and for novels the counter-culture and helped to shape the images of mediated culture that ran through the genre.
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 History of science fiction - The Black Vault Encyclopedia Project   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Science fiction developed and boomed in the 20th century, as the deep penetration of science and inventions into society created an interest in literature that explored technology's influence on people and society.
Although normally associated with the gothic horror genre, the novel introduces science fiction themes such as the use of technology for achievements beyond the scope of science at the time, and the alien as antagonist, furnishing a view of the human condition from an outside perspective.
John Clute writes that science fiction at the turn of the century can be understood in two ways- "a vision of the triumph of SF as a genre and as a series of outstanding texts which figured to our gaze the significant futures that, during those years, came to pass...
www.blackvault.com /wiki/index.php/History_of_science_fiction   (4258 words)

 Profiles 38 - Science Fiction Comics (Sep 2000)
Instead, science fiction comics became one of the contributing elements of the superhero genre that crowded out all rival forms by the end of the sixties.
In this aspect, science fiction comics combined the normal human concerns with mortality with the heightened anxieties that attended the new role technology took in the twentieth century.
Marvel, as well, took grandly to science fiction concepts in the creation of its new generation of superheroes, most of whom owed somehow to the breaking of the atom, at least in the earliest days of that company's first generation of creations.
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 Science fiction themes - Definition, explanation
Science Fiction is used to raise awareness of Ecological ideas.
This plot device allows writers to write soft science fiction while accounting for the lack of technological advancement and thus similarity to the present day.
This collection of themes showcase and highlight different parts of the longest running science fiction program in the world.
www.calsky.com /lexikon/en/txt/s/sc/science_fiction_themes.php   (546 words)

 Science Fiction Movies. Science Fiction Movie Downloads.
Science fiction films have been used to explore sensitive social and political issues, while often providing an entertaining story for a more casual audience.
Today, science fiction movies are in the cutting edge of new special effects technology, and the viewers have become accustomed to displays of realistic alien life forms, spectacular space battles, advanced weapons, faster than light travel to distant worlds and solar systems.
There are many excellent science fiction movies, but there are also perhaps a greater number that are poor and may even be among the worst examples of movie production.
www.eztakes.com /store/genres/Science-Fiction-Movies.jsp   (1314 words)

 Science Fiction Movies
Today's trend in science fiction puts a premium on special effects, backed by today's cutting-edge technology that can make even the most bizarre scenes seem realistic, such as alien life forms, spectacular battles in outer space, time travel or traveling to other worlds at the speed of light.
Often, science fiction films are purely speculative in nature and are peppered with recurring themes involving science and technology.
In fact, science fiction may vary from viewer to viewer in that what is sci-fi to me may be fantasy or horror to you.
universeofentertainment.com /recreation/entertainment/Science-Fiction-Movies.html   (398 words)

 Science-Fiction & Fantasy forums - Powered by vBulletin
Science fiction and fantasy literature, books, reading, and writer and aspiring novelist boards.
General reading discussion area for science fiction and fantasy literature, containing specialist subforums on key areas - what you like to read, what you don't like to read; the best and the worst authors and novels.
For aspiring writers of science fiction and fantasy - discuss issues of writing, and find useful writer resources and have a sample of your work critiqued here.
www.chronicles-network.com /forum   (547 words)

 A web page of free clip art themed best fiction novel science Templates Themes
Science Fiction Space Alien 6 educational clip art and graphics.
Science Fiction Space Astronaut 06 fantasy fiction picture science Clip art is available.
Science Fiction Space Astronaut 15 science fiction fantasy stock logos.
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 Science Fiction
Science fiction can provide a starting point for a multi-disciplinary curriculum that investigates issues, explores the natural world, and teaches critical thinking skills.
Science fiction can be used to teach all the social and physical sciences, math, technology, history, futurism, philosophy, sociology, ethics, ecology, reading skills, English, creative writing and more.
Science Fiction is an excellent theme for an interdisciplinary unit, easily incorporating all the disciplines, and especially lending itself to the use of multimedia and media literacies in exciting ways!
www.21stcenturyschools.com /Science_Fiction.htm   (521 words)

 Science Fiction Terms
While earlier authors created voyages to the moon and other "science fiction" themes, Shelley was the first to speculate on what could happen if scientific principles were applied.
Modern science fiction has its roots in the works of two authors: Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, the first two successful authors of science fiction.
Science fiction became popular with the advent of the " Pulps." Popular magazines like Astounding and Wonder Stories began in the late 1920's and early 30's.
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 JS Online: Science fiction is agent of change
Beginning in science fiction's "Golden Age," Gunn has written or edited almost 40 novels, short story collections and histories of the genre and is considered one of its "grand masters," a title he shares with such pioneers as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein and Theodore Sturgeon.
Gunn is director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, an academic program at the University of Kansas that he started in 1982 as an extension of the writers' workshops he conducted and courses he taught for teachers looking to add science fiction to their lesson plans.
Gunn and McKitterick, at the urging of science fiction scholars and authors, are going on the offensive to make science fiction more attractive to young readers and, most importantly, make it a force in schools.
www.jsonline.com /story/index.aspx?id=337420&format=print   (817 words)

 Jewish Themes in Science Fiction
These are all parts of science fiction, but what many people, even science fiction lovers, may not realize is that lots of themes of science fiction are similar to themes of Judaism.
Everything in science fiction that is about man making his own enemy is based on the story of the Golem.
I read an article in the newspaper that states that lots of science fiction is based on Jewish themes, and I was instantly interested.
www.ilperetz.org /graduates/sam_lobel.htm   (1402 words)

 Science Fiction
Science fiction is an incubator for imaginative minds to create visions that help us to glimpse not only the future, but also something about ourselves in the present.
The science fiction of the 20th century, he argues, not only created the concept of the robot but demonstrated the complexity of the threats, opportunities and moral dilemmas their arrival would spark.
Science fiction, a term coined in the 1930s to distinguish the genre from the pulp fiction then becoming popular, carried on examining human morality by placing its characters into situations where some limiting problem had been overcome, such as time travel.
www.aaai.org /AITopics/html/scifi.html   (6040 words)

Your mission, which you must choose to accept, is to compile "stellar" examples of books or stories that exemplify the major themes found in science fiction as the editor for your own science fiction magazine.
For example, for the theme of "time travel," you might include one of the most famous examples, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, written in 1895, in addition to an example from the 1960’s or 1970’s and an example written in the last ten to fifteen years.
The theme page(s) should include an illustration, a listing of at least three representative works with a brief plot summary under each work, one paragraph introducing the theme and its characteristics, and one paragraph discussing your rationale for choosing the representative works (e.g.
eprentice.sdsu.edu /S0210/lassetter/SciFiWebQuest.htm   (1160 words)

 Science fiction themes
Science fiction has a number of common concepts and themes that have been reused by numerous authors.
Science Fiction is used to raise awareness of Ecological ideas.
This plot device allows writers to write soft science fiction while accounting for the lack of technological advancement and thus similarity to the present day.
www.jahsonic.com /SFTheme.html   (272 words)

 NLS Reference Circular: Magazine Program (2005)
Articles on ecology, natural history, science and technology; news on breakthroughs in science, technology, and medicine; book reviews, brain bogglers (puzzles), and awards on technological innovations.
Articles and fiction intended for women; includes household hints, recipes, and ideas on fashion and beauty.
Science, art, archaeology, and history activities for ages 6-14; includes contests and book and media reviews.
www.loc.gov /nls/reference/circulars/magazines.html   (1481 words)

 Radio Paradise - eclectic online rock radio
This is the first of Neil Normans Greatest Science Fiction Hits.
The album features re-recordings of famous science fiction themes, produced and arranged by Neil and the late great Les Baxter.
I said that these are famous science fiction themes, but four of the tracks here were apparently written especially for this album by Baxter or Norman.
www.radioparadise.com /content.php?name=Amazon&asin=B000001OVR   (319 words)

 Religious Science Fiction Books and Links
Themes in Science Fiction - By Kay Fowler.
An extensive resource on Jewish science fiction and Jewish SF writers can be found in the Magic Dragon Ultimate SF Web Guide's Israel and Jewish Science Fiction section, along with some essays.
The Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy web page lists science fiction/fantasy stories and novels about Jews, regardless of who the author is. But many of the authors are Jewish.
www.adherents.com /lit/sf_rel.html   (1599 words)

 The Science Fiction Poetry Association
The Science Fiction Poetry Association was founded in 1978 to bring together poets and readers interested in science fiction poetry.
To be sure, it is poetry (we'll leave that definition to you), but it's poetry with some element of speculation -- usually science fiction, fantasy, or horror.
Star*Line is the official journal of The Science Fiction Poetry Association.
www.sfpoetry.com   (896 words)

 SAPL: Focus Fiction - Themes - Alternate History
Len Deighton - SS-GB Superintendent Archer, struggling to maintain the values of Scotland Yard in Nazi-occupied England, is assigned a seemingly routine murder case that plunges him into a terrifying world of intrigue when the investigation starts drawing the attention of high-ranking officials in Berlin.
The year is 1855 and the Industrial Revolution has been irrevocably altered by the success of Charles Babbage's steam powered "computer." In this world ruled by industrialists and scientists, three diverse individuals search for a box of mysterious punch cards -- cards that someone is willing to kill for.
The outcome of the Battle of Little Bighorn remains the same, but this time a wounded Custer is found on the battlefield and nursed back to health.
www.sanantonio.gov /library/fiction/fic_TBL-AltHistory.asp   (963 words)

 The Facts About Science Fiction
This is the main reason why I thought science fiction would be an excellent resource that could be used to introduce and teach numerous scientific topics.
The purpose of this unit is to educate students about what is acceptable science fiction, develop knowledge of scientific theories, and identify some of the basic scientific laws that are found in numerous science fiction stories.
Different West Virginias, from what the science fiction writers call "parallel worlds." That means that in a lot of those parallel worlds, people figured out how to travel from one to another.
www.chatham.edu /PTI/LearningPhysicsthroughScienceFiction/facts_about_curriculum.htm   (7531 words)

 Assignments will average 3+ typed pages a week
Science fiction provides students with an opportunity to explore aspects of science that are relevant to their lives through critical analysis of works of science fiction by applying scientific principles they have learned in the classroom.
Science Fiction Class, they will have four exams covering four books, book quotes, author themes, general literary themes, science fiction and science.
Visualize the more abstract science concepts and their applications,  partly because of the enhanced interest in science generated by the science fiction medium.
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Fiction.”  Similar kudos and accolades were pronounced on the motion picture as George Lucas, Billy Bob Thornton, and hundreds of other members of Hollywood’s elite declared their approval, but none were as prescient.
Ron Hubbard published his earliest fiction during the Golden Age of the pulp magazines, and he remained active for several decades, writing best-selling works into the early 1980’s.
Battlefield Earth (1984) represented a compilation of all of his pulp science fiction themes, and the film version draws heavily upon this incredible legacy.
www.towson.edu /~flynn/pulp.htm   (1421 words)

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