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ENGLISH 3D03 Lecture Notes - Soft Science Fiction, Hugo Gernsback, Analog Science Fiction And Fact

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Laura Wiebe

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English 3D03-Lecture Notes
Lecture 1 - 1/7/2013
Science Fiction
-If the story contains this it must be (very likely that) it is a Science fiction
-Not a genre founded in realism
-frequently aliens are present
-often advanced technologies
-cross language and cross culture
-a cultural phenomena
Lecture 2- 1/9/2013
-Trip to the moon 1902 one of the first science fiction clips
-Frankenstein (Mary Shelly) thought to be one of the founders of Sci Fi
-A trip to the moon is an extrapolation of existing text (steam engine) whereas Frankenstein is
more surreal
-Futuristic settings, space travel, characters: scientists robots and aliens
Sub Genres
-Cyber Punk
-Hard (based in established scientific fact) and soft science fiction (more social issues then tech
and scientific accuracy)
-Alternative universes
Came into being- Aprox end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century
-Frankenstein was retroactively labeled as Sci Fi (1818)
"How science Fiction got its name"
-Starts as a broader category and gets more specialized
-Much early was as serials in magazines

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-Hugo Gernsback
-published many magazines and got the authors out there
-Scientific fiction (1920's), scientificton (1925/26). Science Fiction (1929)
-Science wonder stories 1929
-emphasis on scientific accuracy, wants to use science and tech favourably
-First mag with Science-fiction in its title 1938
-Some people use SF instead of Sci-Fi as Sci-Fi is dismissive and derogatory
Science fiction (SF) as a genre of science and technology
- Search for extended life (developments in medicine)
-Mechanization of warfare
-Faith in the power of humans to learn the mysteries of life
Lecture 3 --1/10/2013
SF as cross-Media (and cross-cultural) phenomenon
-SF not just produced/consumed in US, UK, and Canada
-SF is beyond print film and tv
-Comics, radio, popular music, tourism, dime museums, world fairs, toys, games
SF Comics
-News papers comics (starting in the 1920's) started introducing SF themes
-Action comics #1 Superman June 1938
-The invasion of mars Oct 30 1938- radio- loose adaptation of War of The worlds H.G.Wells,
played by Orsen Wells
-Often radio often broadcasts SF
SF in popular music

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-musical performance that takes existing songs removing lyrics and inserting SF
-SF in rock and metal music-psycadelia
-Pink Floid- dark side of the moon, Hawkwind, Blue Oyster Cult, King Crimson, Rush, David
Bowie, Queen-Flash Gordon Theme
-Black Sabbath, Gwar, Star One, Volvod, Fear Factory
-Black Culture cultural/artistic production, futuristic, appropriation of SF and high tech
-Afrika Bambaattaa, Sun Ra and his intergalactic Jet-Set Arkestra, Jimi Hendrix, Lee
"scratch" Perry, George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, rave and techno
Lecture 4- 1/14/2013
1920's proto era
1926- first time scientific fiction name was used
1930's- pulp magazine era
-Major world events
-Dates our texts were published
Early warnings And Visions of the future
(Herbert George) H.G. Wells (1866-1946) died right after WWII
-War of the worlds
-The time machine- considered his first major SF work 1895
-The invisible man
-Wasn’t from a well off family but went to university and began publishing while in university
- his work bridges the 19th and 20th century
-Concerned of politics even in his early work, time machine, can be considered a political
-A modern utopia- a fictional suggestion for world reform, a global socieety
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