Tuesday, 22 April 2008
Monday, 21 April 2008
science fiction story, like other story telling genre, is always good to read. when it offers a dream, fantasy, or even hope, it will be come our new power to reach our goal, life destination, or maybe a medicine for our heart. we so many science fiction stories applied into films, books, or even architectural theme.
but what is actually science fiction?. according to what we can read in wikipedia.org,
Science fiction is difficult to define, as it includes a wide range of subgenres and themes. Author and editor Damon Knight summed up the difficulty by stating that "science fiction is what we point to when we say it". Vladimir Nabokov argued that were we rigorous with our definitions, Shakespeare's play The Tempest would have to be termed science fiction.
According to science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein, "a handy short definition of almost all science fiction might read: realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world, past and present, and on a thorough understanding of the nature and significance of the scientific method."Rod Serling's stated definition is "fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science Fiction is the improbable made possible."
Lester Del Rey wrote, "Even the devoted aficionado– or fan- has a hard time trying to explain what science fiction is," and that the reason for there not being a "full satisfactory definition" is that "there are no easily delineated limits to science fiction."
Forrest J. Ackerman publicly used the term "sci-fi" at UCLA in 1954, though Robert A. Heinlein had used it in private correspondence six years earlier.As science fiction entered popular culture, writers and fans active in the field came to associate the term with low-budget, low-tech "B-movies" and with low-quality pulp science fiction.By the 1970s, critics within the field such as Terry Carr and Damon Knight were using "sci-fi" to distinguish hack-work from serious science fiction,and around 1978, Susan Wood and others introduced the pronunciation "skiffy." Peter Nicholls writes that "SF" (or "sf") is "the preferred abbreviation within the community of sf writers and readers."David Langford's monthly fanzine Ansible includes a regular section "As Others See Us" which offers numerous examples of "sci-fi" being used in a pejorative sense by people outside the genre.
what we can see....
when we write a story, such as fantasy, horror, super hero, or may be historical story (and many other..),we can easily add science-fiction color as a selling part of the story. our rapid technology improvement these days makes us able to combine science-fiction with other genre easily.