ENG 232 World Literature
1)After viewing the video on the history of science fiction literature (in “Beginnings”), write about the most striking element of science fiction literary history that you saw in the video, responding to the following questions: What age in science fiction history (and/or writer from that age) grabs you the most? Why? Then, do some informal research on that time period in science fiction history, giving us at least three facts that the video doesn’t include. Be sure to include the source of your information in some way (you can simply give the title of the website or book in parenthesis at the end of your post)
A History of Science Fiction Literature
In this video, we explore the history of science fiction literature from the 1600’s to the present day.
The Definitions of Science Fiction
In this video, we begin to define science fiction as a literary genre.
The Gunn Center for Science Fiction Studies
The Gunn Center for Science Fiction Studies at Kansas University is devoted to the examination of science fiction, of its definition, its importance and impact on society.
2)After viewing the video on the definitions of science fiction and reading Gwyneth Jones’ essay, “The icons of science fiction” (both found in “Beginnings”), respond to the following questions, using complete sentences:
What are the three criteria of science fiction? In other words, what should science fiction do?
What is the difference between “hard” science fiction and “soft” science fiction?
According to Gwyneth Jones, what is the commonality that science fiction writers share? In other words, what unites “every kind of sf story?”
What does Jones mean by the “icons” of science fiction? Originally, what did the word “icon” mean? How has it been adapted for science fiction?
She was referring to Jones’ essay, name three icons that she mentions, and explains their significance in your own words.
“Icons of Science Fiction”
In this essay, the British SF writer Gwyneth Jones offers yet another way to define science fiction, presenting the criteria or “icons” of science fiction, the signs that distinguish a work of science fiction from other genres.
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