I, Robot - a collection of
science fiction stories
Isaac Asimov, 1950.
Often letting their imaginations run riot, it was the Greeks
along with a handful of Chinese, Indian and Arab writers (think
Thousand and One Nights) who first began spinning tales
about talking trees and serpents, flying mechanical robots (and
featuring pioneering protagonists who traveled freely back and
forth in time and space.
Fast forward to the Renaissance - and a revolution in scientific
thought - to find Thomas More's Utopia, Francis Bacon's
The New Atlantis, or even the prototypical "mad scientist"
in Shakespeare's The
Tempest (a plot that was later adapted for the iconic
50's sci-fi movie, Forbidden Planet.)
It was during the 19th century, of course, when science fiction
writing really came into its own as an explosion of Industrial
Revolution-age science fiction writing gave rise to world
famous works such as those by H.G.
Wells and Jules
Verne - leaving others like Mary Shelly ("Frankenstein")
and Robert Louis Stevenson ("Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde")
to explore the darker side of a future that spelled either doom
or redemption for a race of people who were still, by and large,
Today, the computer is THE invention of the Information Age that
has resulted in similar dark and haunting tales of personal identities
being exposed, expunged, or crunched into so many bits and bytes
for "security" purposes or the protection of the race.
In turn, modern science fiction also takes up where Wells and
Verne left off - by continuing to awe audiences with glimpses
into fantastic worlds of space exploration or advanced technology
(in a world still populated by living, breathing humans) - that
offers hopeful optimism for appreciative readers and movie fans
around the world.
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From Verne to Vonnegut - A great read about science fiction in all it forms, this survey travels from the 15th century to the present day with facts and information on the works of Francis Bacon to Mary Shelley and H.G. Wells on up to Isaac Asimov and other contemporary sci-fi writers.
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Fantasy and Science Fiction Website - Here's the University of
Michigan's extensive resource offering complete online texts of
classic science fiction, illustrated symbolism glossary, related
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