For a book, short story, or article to be classified as science fiction it is required to be based upon technology and where it will take the world in the future. Ayn Rand's novel, "Anthem" is proposing the theory of technology taking the world for the worst. As the book states, "The flame of the candle stands still in the air." This is meaning that no light bulbs or modern technology is present, because of extreme digression in intelligence. It shows that science fiction includes theories of technology carrying the world towards digression or progression.The short story of "The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury also poses a theory about technology.
Artificial intelligence can perform tasks requiring intelligent behaviour... [they are] focused on providing solutions to real life problems.” The science fiction genre has conventions, some of which are relevant to Ex Machina, such as the setting, the narrative convention of overcoming an obstacle and the Frankenstein complex . Set in Nathan’s home Ex Machina (which is his research lab as well), is the equivalent of a spaceship even though it doesn’t look like a spaceship it represents the same thing as it is far away from normal civilisation. It gives a different scene to the present, the sci-fi genre does this to “allow viewers to see the narrative from a more neutral perspective.” Ex Machina also places the unfamiliar (Ava) in context to the familiar, (which is the current period of time) along with Caleb as a normal human to present a juxtaposition of how the two ‘different’
The other piece of art, “2001: A Space Odyssey” is the science fiction movie by Stanley Kubrick. The plot of the film is separated into three sections that are set in different intervals of time. Kubrick is inspired by “The Sentinel” while making the movie. Whereas “2001: A Space Odyssey” and its source of inspiration, “The Sentinel” differ in the number of relics, the result of their mission and the outcome of the technological advancements; they are also similar in the function of the sentinel and the monolith, colonization ambition and dependence on technology. However, only the monolith shows a remarkable progress, both of the pieces has a figure that represents the transition phase between ancient times to the qualified future.
They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than everybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.
Gloria Skurzynski’s background to writing “Nethergrave” was because of science fiction. Gloria says, “In fantasy, the cause is magic. In science fiction, the role of magic is replaced by advanced technology.” Ray Bradbury’s background to writing “A Sound of Thunder” was time travel. When H.G Wells published “The Time Machine” it had imagination. Ray says, “Wells wrote his now-famous book, the idea of time travel – to both the past and future – has captured the popular imagination.” In “Nethergrave” there is a boy named Jeremy who gets picked on at school, and he doesn’t have any other friends than the three people he met online.
Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron is a short story published in 1961 that I would describe as having the theme of futuristic-science-fiction. The short is set in the year 2081 where in the United States new amendments to the constitution has equalized all humans. Although, the author does not mention how this dystopia came to be and if the rest of the world has equalized all human beings, it is clear to me that in this dystopia, equality is an illusion, equality is not real. As I read this short, it became more and more evident to me that this society was strange, and when I finished the short, I was convinced that this society was conformed to act and think in the way that they do, which unfortunately, for a country in year 2081, that claims
To begin with, Both the story and the movie had the same introduction/ Opening; “Everybody was finally equal. They were not only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else.
m Bagnall Friday, December 4 English 9 A Writing Workshop Sound of Thunder v.s. Nethergrave Bradbury’s The Sound of Thunder and Skurzynski’s Nethergrave are both great science fiction stories. Both of these stories are about technology changing the life of an individual. In The Sound of Thunder, the main character, Eckels, faces consequences when he gets scared and does not follow the path. He makes a disturbance in time altering the future, when using a the technological device to go back in time.
Susan Sontag, an author of the essay “Imagination Disaster,” explores the world of science fiction as she discusses the tropes in films from the mid-1900s. Throughout her essay, Sontag analyzes why these types of films were created, and basically ties her discussion with humanity. With the growing technological advances, science fiction films state specific things about how science threatens humanity. She also ties her discussion to how sci-fi films tend to serve an attempt at distributing a balance between humanity and the technological world. Sontag claims that science fiction films has suspense, shock, surprises, has an inexorable plot, and how they invite a dispassionate, aesthetic view of destruction and violence.
I do not comprehensively agree with any of the three attitudes. Instead, I suggest a new form of attitude—a combination of existentialism and creationism. The two origins of life 1.Naturalism Naturalism proposes that life begins with a stream of purposeless force—the big bang. The big bang is treated by scientists as the beginning of space and time. Planets, lives are the natural results of big bang.
As much as some of us may fail to realize it, fahrenheit 451 relates to current and future times and ideas more than it should. The science fiction of fahrenheit 451 becomes less and less of a fiction every day. The blood, war, and revolution also strike as too close for comfort. The author, Ray Bradberry, also took the time to show some of his transcendentalist views throughout the end of the book. In fahrenheit we see examples of science fiction such as the “family” that talks back from inside the screen in nearly every ones houses.
Evaluating both the film and short story, the film version of this short story does not follows the plot of the book too closely. Again Campbell was trying to teach us something much like Malcom from Jurassic park. Campbell’s work was a work of Science fiction and a common goal for a science fiction writer is to make us question things in a weird way, examples being Ray Bradbury and his Martian chronicles. Campbell was trying to ask us what exactly it took to completely imitate a human being, asking us if we are as different as we consider ourselves to be. He questions the concept of “being human” something the Carpenter counterpart does