Science And Literature: The Literary Genre Of Science Fiction

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The literary genre of science fiction is diverse and its exact definition is still a subject of argument for both scholars and students. The genre of science fiction, as quoted by Britannica Encyclopaedia, “is a form of fiction that deals principally with the impact of actual or imagined science upon society or individuals”. The term science fiction was popularized in 1920s by an American publisher Hugo Gernsback, who is considered as one of the principal advocates of the genre. This lack of unanimity is evident while tracing the history of the genre. Among all such arguments, primarily there exist two broad camps of thoughts regarding the origin of the genre. One group considers the early fantasy works such as Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh as the commencement of the genre whereas the second group the scientific revolution that happened between the 17th and 19th century and the major discoveries in the field of Astronomy. Mathematics, Physics and Biology as the factor that caused the rise of the literary genre of science fiction. As the deep bond between science and daily life encouraged a greater interest in literature which explores the connection science,…show more content…
Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that often emphasizes romantic, melodramatic adventure which is set mainly or entirely in outer space and usually involves conflict between opponents possessing advanced abilities, weapons and other technology. According to Lucian translator Bryan Reardon, “True History is an account of fantastic journey – to the moon, the underworld, the belly of a whale and so on. It is not science fiction as there is no ‘science’ in
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