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Putting the Science in Science Fiction

By Roberts, Tedd

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Title: Putting the Science in Science Fiction  
Author: Roberts, Tedd
Language: English
Subject: Nonfiction, Essay, Science
Collections: Science Fiction Collection, Baen Library Collection
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Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises


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Description: This article describes the influence of the evolving science world and how it directly affects the creative part of the 'New Age' science fiction novels and movies.

Summary: Science fiction has changed over the years in the style that it is written in. During the 'Golden Age' of science fiction writings that were created, there was more science involved in it. The newer age of science fiction became very dark and morbid, especially towards mankind. Tedd Roberts expresses how he becomes excited seeing an actual scientist that turns to writing science fiction novels. In any fantasy world, for the story to be exciting is to have some form of logic to the created world. A scientist understands how to build a world that works. In science fiction and fantasy, the writer asks the reader to believe a created wold. It may have only one change from the world in which we live but the change must be believable.

Excerpt: It is no longer necessarily the case, unfortunately. Perhaps it is because I am now one of those supposedly older, wiser professors who should think professional science all the time and not discuss SF with my students. But perhaps it is because SF itself has changed. Most of my fellow students and early colleagues grew up reading the SF of the '40s, '50s and '60s. During the '70s and '80s SF became much more nihilistic, dark, meaningful and eventually politically correct. In other words, it became post-modern. Seems like a strange thing to say about a genre that looks to the future, but it is true, too much SF became about dystopias, post-apocalyptic worlds in which there was no real hope for mankind, too many ecodisasters in which “science” was the villain. SF stopped being written by scientists, dreamers and those who loved science, but by those who distrusted and even hated science and its constant companion: technology.

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