Science fiction

By Anna, Beth, Alex


The Definiton

Definition: Fiction based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, frequently portraying space or time travel and life on other planets.

  • Science fiction has been used by authors as a device to discuss philosophical ideas such as identity, desire, morality, and social structure.
  • It is largely based on writing rationally about alternative possible worlds or futures.
  • The settings for science fiction are often contrary to consensus reality, but most science fiction relies on a considerable degree of suspicion and disbelief, which is facilitated in the readers mind by potential scientific explanations or solutions to various fictional elements.

Science Fiction Elements

  • A time setting in the future, in alternative timelines, or in a historical past that contradicts known facts of history or the archaeological record.
  • A spatial setting or scenes in outer space (e.g. Spaceflight), on other worlds, or on subterranean earth.
  • Characters that include Aliens, Mutants, Androids, or Humanoid Robots and other types of characters arising from a future human evolution.
  • Futuristic or plausible technology such as Ray Guns, Teleportation Machines and humanoid computers.
  • Scientific principles that are new or that contradict accepted laws of nature, for example: time travel, wormholes, faster-than-light travel or communication (known to be possible but not yet feasible).
  • New and different political or social systems e.g. dystopian, post scarcity, or post apocalyptic.
  • Paranormal abilities such as mind control, telepathy, telekinesis, and teleportation.
  • Other universes or dimensions and travel between them.

Science Fiction Books

  • Enders Game
  • The Hunger Games Series
  • The Host
  • Divergent Series
  • The War of the Worlds
  • The Diamond Age
  • The Invisible Man

Science Fiction Movies

  • Avatar
  • Minority Report
  • Inception
  • Chronicle
  • World War Z
  • The Wolverine
  • Divergent

Science Fiction Shows

  • Doctor Who
  • Torchwood
  • Lost
  • Star Trek (Original Series)
  • The X-Files

Short Story

The short story that we picked that relates to our topic is called Head Case By: Kate Orman. It is about a girl who is killed in an accident and her twin sister becomes her "host" hosting her ghost. It takes place in Sydney Australia. The events are not realistic because you cannot bring a ghost back to life by scanning the persons brain. Two quotes from the story are "-and switched me on." and "a computer simulation being run in my twin sisters frontal lobes."