Fiction And One Of The Three Consequences Of Science Fiction

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Welcome to the world of science fiction, sometimes known familiarly as “SF,” but rarely “Sci-Fi,” which is generally considered to be pejorative by aficionados of the genre, and more appropriate for films than literature. Science fiction is one of the three subdivisions of fantastic literature, the other two being fantasy fiction and supernatural horror. Although definitions vary and some individual works may blur the distinction between one branch and another, most fantastic or speculative stories and novels can—by general consensus—be placed in one of the three categories. Science fiction is the youngest of the three, but since the late 1940s it has been by far the most popular, and the total number of science fiction titles published in book form presently exceeds that of fantasy and supernatural fiction combined.…show more content…
Possibly it is because Americans are so fond of, and dependent upon, technology. Possibly it is because we found it easier to lose ourselves in a fantastic world that might just be possible rather than in a magical one that we know is not. It could also be that science fiction embraces such a wide variety of themes and story types—space operas, military adventures, utopias and dystopias, time travel, alternate universes, alien creatures and civilizations, mysteries, and rationalized psychic powers. There is something in science fiction for almost any reader’s taste, whereas fantasy seems predominantly designed to satisfy those who enjoy lengthy historical novels set in mythical lands, perhaps with a touch of magic. The recent surge in the number of new fantasy titles has shown no evolution of that field, and the vast majority of authors seem content to rewrite stories that have proved popular in the past. Science fiction readers are more interested in the history of the field, and the direction in which it is

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