Social science fiction is a subgenre of science fiction, usually soft science fiction, concerned less with technology/space opera and more with speculation about society. In other words, it "absorbs and discusses anthropology" and speculates about human behavior and interactions. Exploration of fictional societies is a significant aspect of science fiction, allowing it to perform predictive and precautionary functions, to criticize the contemporary world and to present solutions, to portray alte
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Social influence. Science fiction's great rise in popularity during the first half of the 20th century was closely tied to the popular respect paid to science at that time, as well as the rapid pace of technological innovation and new inventions. Science fiction has often predicted scientific and technological progress.
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- Types of Social Science Fiction
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...
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 ...
Social science fiction (av social science + science fiction) är en science fiction-delgenre som starkt skildrar politiken och samhällsutvecklingen, och hur tekniken och vetenskapen påverkar människan.  Begreppet förknippas framför allt med Isaac Asimov.  Källor Fotnoter
A HISTORY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE FICTION 161 Neil Gerlach and Sheryl N. Hamilton Introduction: A History of Social Science Fiction In a special issue of Science Fiction Studies (26.2 ) on the history, development, and current state of sf criticism, Veronica Hollinger emphasized
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