The Popularity of Science Fiction

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“Science fiction is the major non-realistic mode of imaginative creation of the human age. It is the principal cultural way humans locate themselves imaginatively in time and space” (Franklin 2). Science fiction’s domain is based on the possible. It ranges from the present Earth the human mind knows to the limits of any possible universes the human imagination can project, whether its the past, present, future, or alternative time-space continuums (Franklin 1). Science fiction embraces the American ideology of technological utopianism such as beliefs that technological advances will improve human and social cultural relations fiercely. It also included the imagination of alternative worlds where current developments like social, political, …show more content…
American science fiction writer and editor, John W. Campbell was a true intellectual. “His hierarchy of knowledge included physics, chemistry, astronomy--sciences in which laws are mathematically verifiable, biological science--disciplines which are in part descriptive or impure because they deal with living creatures, social sciences such as anthropology, economics, political science, and experimental psychology, and humanities such as theology, philosophy, and clinical psychology” (Science 1). His beliefs reflected in the fiction he chose to write (Science 2). He believed that the universe was not originally argumentative to mankind and that human action and decisions counted in the universe (Science 1). Campbell wanted smooth, serious, written fiction that explored the future of science and technology for intelligent adult readers (Silverberg 1), accordingly, he inaugurated and shaped the Golden Age of Science Fiction using his magazine issue of Astounding as his basis.
Astounding included theories about aliens, and also beliefs that space travel was possible (Science 1). Campbell also encouraged and taught some of science fiction’s strongest genre writers.
“In 1944, Campbell published “Deadline” by Cleve Cartmill, dealing with the explosion of an atomic bomb. When it was investigated by the FBI, Campbell argued that all the factual information in the story was available in pre-war unclassified
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