Science Fiction: A Research Guide
"Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it's the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself. ...Science fiction is central to everything we've ever done." Ray Bradbury
"SF has never really aimed to tell us when we might reach other planets, or develop new technologies, or meet aliens. SF speculates about why we might want to do these things, and how their consequences might affect our lives and our planet." John Clute
Since the nineteenth century, one of the most consistently popular genres of literature has been science fiction. Its various themes of space travel, alien invasion, creation of artificial life, founding of perfect societies or societies that are hell on earth, or how technologies may come to rule over a complacent and spoiled human race (of course, this list does not exhaust the themes), have been the stuff of novels, short stories, movies, radio and television shows, and comic books. No doubt, as new, unforseen media are developed, science fiction themes will be used in those as well. So, beyond the entertainment factor, what's going on with these things ? Why has science fiction played, and will continue to play, such an important role in our popular culture?
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