Social fiction is a broad term to describe any work of speculative fiction that features social commentary (as opposed to, say, hypothetical technology) in the foreground. Social science fiction is a subgenre thereof, where social commentary (cultural or political) takes place in a sci-fi universe.
Pages in category "Social science fiction" The following 49 pages are in this category, out of 49 total. This list may not reflect recent changes ().
Science fiction had its beginnings in ancient times, when the line between myth and fact was blurred. Written in the 2nd century CE by the satirist Lucian, A True Story contains many themes and tropes characteristic of modern science fiction, including travel to other worlds, extraterrestrial lifeforms, interplanetary warfare, and artificial life.
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Shock:Social Science Fiction is a pen-and-paper indie RPG about the effects of the shock of cultural change on the individuals who make up that culture. The title is a reference to Alvin Toffler's Future Shock, the concept that rapid culture changes leave the members of the culture increasingly challenged by adaptation. It was first published in 2006 and has since been through two point version updates.
The game is designed to be used by player to make "what if" science fiction, rather than science-flavored fantasy adventure. The science fiction elements deeply impact the world of the game-created fiction and are inextricable from the story. Reviewer Jono Xia wrote,... Because a game of Shock is built around real-world issues that you care about, your game is going to be a little deeper than just entertainment -- it's going to be a story that's about something. It's going to have some intellect
The game text makes use of the invented gender neutral pronoun zie and the possessive hir to allow the player to experience some of the same culture shock that the characters in the game will live through. Furthermore, when the rules refer generically to a Protagonist or Antagonist the text uses *Tagonist as a generic alternative.
Unlike most other pen-and-paper role-playing games, Shock: does not require advance preparation by a moderator or game facilitator. The game has no traditional Game Master role: each player creates a Protagonist and gives the player to his/her left a guideline about the kind of Antagonist they will face. That player then fleshes out the Antagonists sheet. Play goes around the table with each Protagonist playing out a scene until the Antagonist places them in a conflict situation. Then the confli
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Soft science fiction, or soft SF, is a category of science fiction with two different definitions.. It explores the "soft" sciences, and especially the social sciences (for example, anthropology, sociology, or psychology), rather than engineering or the "hard" sciences (for example, physics, astronomy, or chemistry).
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The term“social science fiction”can usefully be employed to identify narratives that extrapolate from current social science concepts in order to predict or speculate about the future shape of society. This new genre of fiction stems from two literary traditions: the modern Utopias and dystopias mentioned above and classic science fiction, whose early practitioners were Jules Verneand H. G. Wells and which continues to proliferate. In fact, social science fiction is a contemporary development of classic science fiction: it involves the same imaginative leaps into the future, it uses some of the same stylized conventions (time travel, interplanetary explorations), props (spaceships, robots), and characters (aliens, androids), but only as incidental backdrops to a new category of concerns. It differs from classic science fiction in two important respects. First, whereas classic science fiction is concerned with predicting the shape of the physical world through imagining the favorable...
Social science fiction is noteworthy on several levels: first, as a cultural phenomenon; second, as a medium of social commentary and criticism; and third (perhaps parenthetically) as a pleasant counterpoint to some of the more pedantic complacencies of the social scientists. As a cultural phenomenon, social science fiction provides evidence of the growing impact of the social sciences on popular culture, just as the older genre of classic science fiction documented popular interest in the successive stages of the technological revolution of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Between Jules Verne’s 1870 submarine and the predictions of nuclear fission and space travelof the 1930s and 1940s, radical changes took place in the perspectives and expectations of the average manchanges that were in part wrought by innovations in the physical sciences. With the closing of the gap between imaginative pseudo science and almost prosaic reality, with the advent of atomic power plants, satel...
With this outline of the scope and significance of social science fiction in mind it is desirable to turn to some specific examples. Some represent “purer”specimens than others in the sense that they draw upon one discipline, or one topic in a discipline (such as learning theory), for the setting and action. Others, particularly the panoramic novels, chronicle the death and rebirth of civilization. The pseudo histories of the futuresuch as Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz (1959), which describes a feudal theocratic society that is the preserver of civilization between atomic holocausts-borrow concepts from all the social sciences. Nevertheless, for present purposes it is possible to group the examples selected according to one or another disciplinary label. Since many of the works of social science fiction described are concerned with the subject matter of political science, that is, with the nature and locus of power and authority in society, and since several examples o...
SCIENCE FICTION CITED IN THE TEXT
Asimov, Isaac (editor) 1962a Soviet Science Fiction. New York: Collier. Asimov, Isaac (editor) 1962 More Soviet Science Fiction. New York: Collier. Ballard, J. G. (1962) 1963 The Insane Ones. Pages 203-214 in 8th Annual Edition of the Year’s Best S-F. Edited and with story prefaces by Judith Merrill.New York: Dell. Bellamy, Edward (1888) 1959 Looking Backward: 2000-1887.New York: Harper. Bradbury, Ray 1953 Fahrenheit451. New York: Ballantine. Bulwer-Lytton, Edward G. (1871) 1928 The Coming Ra...
WORKS ABOUT SCIENCE FICTION
Amis, Kingsley 1960 New Maps of Hell: A Survey of Science Fiction.New York: Harcourt.A paperback edition was published in the same year by Ballantine. Amis, Kingsley; and Conquest, Robert 1962 Introduction. In Kingsley Amis and Robert Conquest (editors), Spectrum II: A Science Fiction Anthology.New York: Harcourt.A paperback edition was published in 1964 by Berkley. Amis, Kingsley; and Conquest, Robert 1963 Introduction. In Kingsley Amis and Robert Conquest (editors), Spectrum, III: A Third S...
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Social science is the branch of science devoted to the study of societies and the relationships among individuals within those societies. The term was formerly used to refer to the field of sociology, the original "science of society", established in the 19th century.
social modernization, and in Science Fiction After 1900, sf scholar Brooks Landon argues that sf has ceased to be a purely literary or cinematic category and has become a generalized set of attitudes and expectations about the future.
Jan 03, 2018 · When Science Fiction Meets Social Science. Sci-fi author Ada Palmer explains why she goes less into the details of antimatter engines and more into sociological questions of of state formation ...