Putting the Science in Fiction

This book brings together scientists, physicians, engineers, and other experts to help you: • Understand the basic principles of science, technology, and medicine that are frequently featured in fiction. • Avoid common pitfalls and ...

Author: Dan Koboldt

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440353420

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Science and technology have starring roles in a wide range of genres--science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, and more. Unfortunately, many depictions of technical subjects in literature, film, and television are pure fiction. A basic understanding of biology, physics, engineering, and medicine will help you create more realistic stories that satisfy discerning readers. This book brings together scientists, physicians, engineers, and other experts to help you: • Understand the basic principles of science, technology, and medicine that are frequently featured in fiction. • Avoid common pitfalls and misconceptions to ensure technical accuracy. • Write realistic and compelling scientific elements that will captivate readers. • Brainstorm and develop new science- and technology-based story ideas. Whether writing about mutant monsters, rogue viruses, giant spaceships, or even murders and espionage, Putting the Science in Fiction will have something to help every writer craft better fiction. Putting the Science in Fiction collects articles from "Science in Sci-fi, Fact in Fantasy," Dan Koboldt's popular blog series for authors and fans of speculative fiction (dankoboldt.com/science-in-scifi). Each article discusses an element of sci-fi or fantasy with an expert in that field. Scientists, engineers, medical professionals, and others share their insights in order to debunk the myths, correct the misconceptions, and offer advice on getting the details right.

Science Fiction And Fantasy

In addition, I shall be discussing Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein. In this text, there are elements of both science fiction and of fantasy. After this, I would like to conclude my study.

Author: Christoph Ewen

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ISBN: 3656703507

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Seminar paper from the year 2013 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, University of Trier, language: English, abstract: What makes a text a science fiction text? What makes it a fantasy text? In this study, I would like to discuss why it is impossible to clearly draw a line between these two genres. In order to do so, I am going to focus on the "justification" of the unreal, respectively, the supernatural elements of a story. I shall be discussing why a text can be considered a science fiction text or a fantasy text - and why, in some cases, there is no clear answer to the question of which genre a text is belongs to. While one might answer the two questions put at the beginning of this study rather quickly by stating a rule of thumb - scientific elements make a text a science fiction text, magical ones make it a fantasy text - it is obvious that this would lead to a very broad definition. It is thus necessary to go into detail, which I am going to do. In order to investigate what, apart from the technical and the magical elements, are the characteristics of the respective genres mentioned at the beginning, I am going to give the definitions of these terms which can be found in standard reference texts. In order to go into detail, I shall add more information from academic literature about the fantastic genre, which both science fiction and fantasy are part of. I would then like to go a step further by testing the definitions with the help of three texts - H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds as an example for the science fiction genre and Bram Stoker's Dracula as an example for a fantasy text. In addition, I shall be discussing Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein. In this text, there are elements of both science fiction and of fantasy. After this, I would like to conclude my study. Any selection of texts will necessarily be arbitrary, as it is impossible to include everything into a study like this. I chose three tex

Domesticating Dragons

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Author: Dan Koboldt

Publisher: Baen Books

ISBN: 9781982125110

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP MEETS JURASSIC PARK WHEN A NEWLY GRADUATED GENETIC ENGINEER GOES TO WORK FOR A COMPANY THAT AIMS TO PRODUCE CUSTOM-MADE DRAGONS Noah Parker, a newly minted Ph.D., is thrilled to land a dream job at Reptilian Corp., the hottest tech company in the American Southwest. He’s eager to put his genetic engineering expertise to use designing new lines of Reptilian’s feature product: living, breathing dragons. Although highly specialized dragons have been used for industrial purposes for years, Reptilian is desperate to crack the general retail market. By creating a dragon that can be the perfect family pet, Reptilian hopes to put a dragon into every home. While Noah’s research may help Reptilian create truly domesticated dragons, Noah has a secret goal. With his access to the company’s equipment and resources, Noah plans to slip changes into the dragons’ genetic code, bending the company’s products to another purpose entirely . . . At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management). About Dan Koboldt: ". . . very readable and highly enjoyable. . . . Characters that are more than the sum of their parts, a world that has so much to offer, and a story that races along apace . . . ” —SFF World on The World Awakening

Star Peace

Star Peace (originally published in 1986) is a novel by Ben Bova, the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction.

Author: Ben Bova

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 9781429941907

Category: History

Page: 384

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Star Peace (originally published in 1986) is a novel by Ben Bova, the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Space 1975

Every story in this new book will feature the distinctive style of the 70s, transported to thrilling new worlds, fleets, and conflicts in the farthest and most exciting reaches of the universe.

Author: Robert Jeschonek

Publisher: Robert Jeschonek

ISBN: 9781736168707

Category: Fiction

Page: 282

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The 1970s are back! What better decade for a new anthology of space opera stories than the one that gave birth to a certain epic set long ago, in a galaxy far, far away? Every story in this new book will feature the distinctive style of the 70s, transported to thrilling new worlds, fleets, and conflicts in the farthest and most exciting reaches of the universe. Groove to tales of cosmic heroes in bellbottoms and platform shoes…alien ships like glittering mirror balls…soundtracks of gritty soul, disco, and hard rock. You'll find everything from kung fu fighting to streetwise private dicks…all souped up with incredible ray gun/rocketship action brought to sizzling life by some of the most talented scifi scribes of today and tomorrow. Blast off with this galaxy of stories by a Star Trek screenwriter, a Nebula Award winner, comic book superstars, New York Times bestsellers, indie publishing giants, and more! Buckle up for the latest dazzling adventures by Marc Scott Zicree, Dean Wesley Smith, Cat Rambo, Peter David, Ian Douglas, Robert Jeschonek, Craig Martelle, Blaze Ward, Ron Collins, Annie Reed, Mike Baron, Mark Leslie Lefebvre, and Jim Gotaas...plus an introduction by the one and only Barbara Bain, who played Dr. Helena Russell on classic 70s scifi TV series Space: 1999.

Tracker220

In a world where the government tracks every move, one glitch threatens the network. 16-year-old Kaya Weiss is that glitch.

Author: Jamie Krakover

Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

ISBN: 1948661918

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In a world where the government tracks every move, one glitch threatens the network. 16-year-old Kaya Weiss is that glitch. With the government controlling every aspect of her life, from her freedom to her observance of a tech-free Shabbat, Kaya seeks refuge with the rebel Ghosts. But trusting them means betraying the only tech she's ever known.

Blockbuster Science

If you've ever wondered how much real science goes into movies like Gravity, novels like The Martian, and television shows like Doctor Who, this is the book for you.

Author: David Siegel Bernstein

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 9781633883703

Category: Science

Page: 336

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If you've ever wondered how much real science goes into movies like Gravity, novels like The Martian, and television shows like Doctor Who, this is the book for you. Written by an author who is both a data scientist and a science fiction writer, this entertaining and accessible book uses popular science fiction movies, stories, and TV shows to explain the science behind popular narrative concepts like time travel, lightsabers, AI, genetic mutation, asteroids, cyborgs, black holes, alien invasion, the zombie apocalypse, and more. What could be a more fun way to explore the world of science than through its use—accurately or fantastically—in science fiction entertainment: movies, books, and TV shows? Learn about relativity through Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game and the movie Interstellar; black holes and wormholes in connection with Contact and Planet of the Apes; theories about the origin of life as reflected in Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; computer science and artificial intelligence in reference to A.I. Artificial Intelligence; and much, much, more. Written with wit, clarity, and a great sense of fun, Blockbuster Science will inspire science fiction fans to get excited about real science while also putting an engaging pop culture spin on science for any curious reader.

Putting Science in Its Place

The Orient was the outcome of a cultural as well as a military intrusion, a scientific as well as a religious crusade. It was a fact-fiction fusion that set off “the East” as the alter ego of “the West.” In turn, this imagined space ...

Author: David N. Livingstone

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226487245

Category: Science

Page: 244

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We are accustomed to thinking of science and its findings as universal. After all, one atom of carbon plus two of oxygen yields carbon dioxide in Amazonia as well as in Alaska; a scientist in Bombay can use the same materials and techniques to challenge the work of a scientist in New York; and of course the laws of gravity apply worldwide. Why, then, should the spaces where science is done matter at all? David N. Livingstone here puts that question to the test with his fascinating study of how science bears the marks of its place of production. Putting Science in Its Place establishes the fundamental importance of geography in both the generation and the consumption of scientific knowledge, using historical examples of the many places where science has been practiced. Livingstone first turns his attention to some of the specific sites where science has been made—the laboratory, museum, and botanical garden, to name some of the more conventional locales, but also places like the coffeehouse and cathedral, ship's deck and asylum, even the human body itself. In each case, he reveals just how the space of inquiry has conditioned the investigations carried out there. He then describes how, on a regional scale, provincial cultures have shaped scientific endeavor and how, in turn, scientific practices have been instrumental in forming local identities. Widening his inquiry, Livingstone points gently to the fundamental instability of scientific meaning, based on case studies of how scientific theories have been received in different locales. Putting Science in Its Place powerfully concludes by examining the remarkable mobility of science and the seemingly effortless way it moves around the globe. From the reception of Darwin in the land of the Maori to the giraffe that walked from Marseilles to Paris, Livingstone shows that place does matter, even in the world of science.

On Writing Science Fiction

The reason for putting real science into science fiction is to make the story convincing. This is why you must be so careful with scientific facts and accepted theories. If you make an elementary mistake with these, your reader will not ...

Author: George H. Scithers

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 9781880448786

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 227

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Here you will find the collective experience of three writers and editors distilled into a complete guide to writing science fiction. Separate chapters cover Idea, Plot, Character, Background, Science, Tragedy, and Comedy. Twelve stories, each a first sale by its author, illustrate the main points of the book. A foreword by Isaac Asimov gives an overall look at the task of becoming an SF writer, and an appendix by the editors explains exactly how to prepare a manuscript for publication.

Putting Up Roots A Jupiter Novel

Josh and his autistic cousin are sent to the planet Solferino to join a group of kids already working for an interplanetary conglomerate.

Author: Charles Sheffield

Publisher: Perfection Learning

ISBN: 0756951348

Category: Juvenile Fiction

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Josh and his autistic cousin are sent to the planet Solferino to join a group of kids already working for an interplanetary conglomerate. Assured by the bosses that no intelligent life exists on Solferino, Josh and Dawn come to suspect otherwise.

Science Fact and Science Fiction

New Worlds for Old: The Apocalyptic Imagination, Science Fiction, and American Literature. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1974. ... Pence, Gregory E. ''Putting 'Science' Back in Science Fiction: Cloning in Science Fiction''.

Author: Brian Stableford

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135923747

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

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Science fiction is a literary genre based on scientific speculation. Works of science fiction use the ideas and the vocabulary of all sciences to create valid narratives that explore the future effects of science on events and human beings. Science Fact and Science Fiction examines in one volume how science has propelled science-fiction and, to a lesser extent, how science fiction has influenced the sciences. Although coverage will discuss the science behind the fiction from the Classical Age to the present, focus is naturally on the 19th century to the present, when the Industrial Revolution and spectacular progress in science and technology triggered an influx of science-fiction works speculating on the future. As scientific developments alter expectations for the future, the literature absorbs, uses, and adapts such contextual visions. The goal of the Encyclopedia is not to present a catalog of sciences and their application in literary fiction, but rather to study the ongoing flow and counterflow of influences, including how fictional representations of science affect how we view its practice and disciplines. Although the main focus is on literature, other forms of science fiction, including film and video games, are explored and, because science is an international matter, works from non-English speaking countries are discussed as needed.

Resources for Teaching Creative Writing

Starter Ask students to think of a science fiction book or film they have seen. ... Suggestions for development of this work Arrange for the whole class to put together a collaborative science fiction story. It could be organized like ...

Author: Johnnie Young

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441141392

Category: Education

Page: 152

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This resource book is designed to engage students in the process of creative writing. Using ideas and activities he has put into practice himself, Johnnie Young guides the teacher through a series of creative lessons designed to stimulate creative thinking. Each activity is supported by lesson notes, including ideas for starters, pleanaries and follow up work as well as a photocopiable worksheet.

Putting Up Roots

When Josh and his autistic cousin Dawn are sent to the planet Solferino, they join a group of kids already working for an interplanetary conglomerate stationed there.

Author: Charles Sheffield

Publisher: Starscape

ISBN: 0765345692

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 256

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When Josh and his autistic cousin Dawn are sent to the planet Solferino, they join a group of kids already working for an interplanetary conglomerate stationed there. Assured by the bosses that no intelligent life exists on Solferino, Josh and Dawn come to suspect otherwise. Especially when Dawn makes contact with one of the creatures, a creature with whom she shares a mysterious ability to communicate. With the corporation pressuring them, Josh and Dawn are drawn into a battle to save the creatures. And, it turns out, to save themselves.

New Scientist

The scientist and science fiction by WILLIAM COOPER ERICSSON NEW ELECTRONIC SWITCHING LABORATORIES The extension of our ... (There are, of course, other limitations which are more seriously off- putting: I will come to them later.) ...

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New Scientist magazine was launched in 1956 "for all those men and women who are interested in scientific discovery, and in its industrial, commercial and social consequences". The brand's mission is no different today - for its consumers, New Scientist reports, explores and interprets the results of human endeavour set in the context of society and culture.

Hard Reading

The urgent question is not whether the literary profession can somehow succeed in putting science and science fiction back in its (subordinate) place but whether the literary profession can, 14 i should say that in writing this article ...

Author: Tom Shippey

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9781781382615

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 334

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An exploration of politics and the role of the 'soft sciences' in Science Fiction.

Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy Through 1945

Amid the depression, with many of the members scarred from childhood illnesses, they saw science fiction as a gateway to possibility. The politics were off-putting for some, however. Asimov was especially interested in their fanzine, ...

Author: Valerie Estelle Frankel

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781793637130

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 230

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This book investigates the role of Jewish legends and tropes in the creation and development of speculative fiction during the European Enlightenment, in America’s golden age magazines, superhero comics, and films, and with magical realism trends in South America and Israel, arguing that Jewish writers created and perfected the genre.

Exploring Science Through Science Fiction

I mean Science will come up with some reason to put in the books. But in the end, it'll be just a theory. I mean we will fail to acknowledge that there are forces at work beyond our understanding. To be a good scientist, you must have a ...

Author: Barry B. Luokkala

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030293932

Category: Science

Page: 335

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How does Einstein’s description of space and time compare with Doctor Who? Can James Bond really escape from an armor-plated railroad car by cutting through the floor with a laser concealed in a wristwatch? What would it take to create a fully intelligent android, such as Star Trek’s Commander Data? Exploring Science Through Science Fiction addresses these and other intriguing questions, using science fiction as a springboard for discussing fundamental science concepts and cutting-edge science research. It includes references to original research papers, landmark scientific publications and technical documents, as well as a broad range of science literature at a more popular level. The revised second edition includes expanded discussions on topics such as gravitational waves and black holes, machine learning and quantum computing, gene editing, and more. In all, the second edition now features over 220 references to specific scenes in more than 160 sci-fi movies and TV episodes, spanning over 100 years of cinematic history. Designed as the primary text for a college-level course, this book will appeal to students across the fine arts, humanities, and hard sciences, as well as any reader with an interest in science and science fiction. Praise for the first edition: "This journey from science fiction to science fact provides an engaging and surprisingly approachable read..." (Jen Jenkins, Journal of Science Fiction, Vol. 2 (1), September 2017)

Modern Science Fiction A Critical Analysis

Science is putting the stars within man's reach at the same time as it is placing in his hands the possibility of racial suicide. Life has changed beyond belief in the last fifty years; the next fifty are likely to see even more radical ...

Author: James Gunn

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476673196

Category: Literary Criticism

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James Gunn--one of the founding figures of science fiction scholarship and teaching--wrote in 1951 what is likely the first master's thesis on modern science fiction. Portions were in the short-lived pulp magazine Dynamic but it has otherwise remained unavailable. Here in its first full publication, the thesis explores many of the classic Golden Age stories of the 1940s and the critical perspective that informed Gunn's essential genre history Alternate Worlds and his anthology series The Road to Science Fiction. The editor's introduction and commentary show the historical significance of Gunn's work and its relevance to today's science fiction studies.

Masters of Science Fiction Volume Nine Poul Anderson

"Masters of Science Fiction, Vol. Nine" features the works of an author who is truly heralded as one of the greatest science fiction authors of all time, Poul Anderson. "Night was falling, winter night.

Author: Poul Anderson

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ISBN: 1612871844

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Armchair Fiction features the best in classic science fiction short story collections. "Masters of Science Fiction, Vol. Nine" features the works of an author who is truly heralded as one of the greatest science fiction authors of all time, Poul Anderson. "Night was falling, winter night... A wild dog bayed somewhere out in the gloom. She tried to scream, but her throat was raw with shrieking; only a dry croak would come out, "Help me, help me, help me..." -from "The Star Beast." Included are the great Anderson novelettes and short stories: THE STAR BEAST, THE NEST, LORD OF A THOUSAND SUNS, THE LONG RETURN, EARTHMAN, BEWARE , TERMINAL QUEST, WORLD OF THE MAD, SENTIMENT, INC., DUEL ON SYRTIS, and THE VALOR OF CAPPEN VARRA. Poul Anderson was born in 1926 to Scandinavian parents living in Bristol, PA., Poul was the recipient of numerous accolades throughout his lifetime including seven Hugo and three Nebula awards. It's interesting to note that Anderson received his B. A. in physics with honors, but upon graduating went directly into the field of free-lance writing, never putting his degree to practical use. The world can count its blessings for his decision. He continued writing up until his death in 2001, all the while collecting distinction for his timeless resume of classic fiction.

Star Begotten

A Life Lived in Science Fiction James Gunn ... A science-fiction fan herself, she had learned of a science-fiction collection put up for sale by a fan in Phoenix and bought it for the bargain price of $5,000 (with contributions from the ...

Author: James Gunn

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476629667

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 223

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Hugo Award winning writer James Gunn (1923–) has been called “the last Golden Age author” of science fiction. In a career of almost 70 years, he has written 28 books and dozens of short stories and participated in the production of films, radio and television programs and comic books.