Is Science Fiction literature?

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Re: Is Science Fiction literature?

Postby different glory » November 1st, 2012, 11:21 am

And going on to Sprocket's post above:

I take it that you are asking implicitly for a definition of science-fiction? And ruling out futurist fiction or alternative-reality fiction as being necessarily science-fiction? I guess then that science-fiction would be defined as "fiction which relies on changes in or new understandings of science to drive the plot or necessary scenario"?

But then wouldn't Brave New World fit? -- because the necessary scenario, driving the plot, relies on new birth technologies. Not so sure about 1984, though the spying technology is fundamental. On the other hand -- I don't think I'd call Brave New World great literature.
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Re: Is Science Fiction literature?

Postby Bev » November 1st, 2012, 1:03 pm

Three authors I've read that would rank, imo: Ursala K. Laguin, Mary Shelley, and Margaret Atwood. Although, I only know Shelley for her Frankenstein, and Atwood for her Handmaid's Tale, Laguin is a prolific writer of both novels and short stories that, of the ones I've read, human struggle are often framed by the strains that exists between morality, religion, and survival.
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Re: Is Science Fiction literature?

Postby Poncho » December 10th, 2012, 11:11 am

LOTR is about my limit of sci-fi, but I could have told you the name of the pilot who crossed the channel - my scotties are named after female pilots, as I got my first in the week I flew solo for the first time, and my current scottie was a toss-up between Harriet (Quimbie - the female in question) or Phoebe (Omlie). Phoebe won.
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