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Introduction: Science and the Rise of Science Fiction

  • Russell Blackford
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Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)

Abstract

Science fiction is a cultural response to the revolutions in science and technology during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. These altered the existing methods of industry and production, understandings of the universe and ourselves, and concepts of time and history. All of this offered new opportunities for storytelling. Science fiction arose in the nineteenth century as a narrative mode or genre defined by its characteristic forms of rationality, novelty, and realism. Most typically, it depicts future developments in social organization, science, and/or technology, and its main themes include the uses of technoscience and the effects of technological change. Science fiction writers have employed the characteristic tropes of SF to engage with a wide variety of philosophical and moral questions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell Blackford
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  1. 1.School of Humanities and Social ScienceUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

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