Culture And Genres In Science Fiction

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Audience and Genre Relationships
When we look at any piece of art, one of the biggest factors that go into viewing it is how we classify that work. We do this through Genres, when we classify these pieces of work by characterizing the similarities between the subject matter, the style, its form and its general composition. These similarities begin to form until these characteristic become the standard to the work if you want to have be placed in these genres. Genres are generally used so that one may find works similar to the works you enjoy, which applies from music, film to literature. Though something people tend to not think about is the origins of these genres. Without an audience to observe and examine the piece of art, the formula which
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Only beginning to appear during the industrial revolution, Science Fiction revolves around fictional scenarios based around scientific fact and/or major scientific, social, and/or technological change. At the time of its creation science fiction was pretty straight forward, rarely straying from its original parameter of the genre. Though as the audience for science fiction began to branch into sub genres, such as space operas, cyberpunk, dystopia, and space western. Each of these subgenres were formed when the audience wished to see other elements of other genres within these works. Here was see that these genres are being influenced by the interests of the audience. Though in a genre devoted so much to change, it is no surprise that it would evolve so quickly. In a time where each month would bring a new innovation that would change the way we would understand life in the early 20th century, new works would be released based on said innovations. One notable example was space travel, when the United States and Russia were engaged in a battle to prove scientific superiority, we took to the stars and strove to go to space. This caused the both writers and audiences to read and write stories about the potential adventures we might have in the sky, which would lead stories of space travel and life in space that would become immensely popular with audiences. Likewise when the threat of nuclear annihilation came to the public consciousness, we would flock to stories discussing the apocalypse and the various scenarios that could be possible with this situation. Science fiction gave audiences to imagine scenarios that were fantastical while being grounded in some sense of reality due to the mostly scientific nature surrounding the
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