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About Yesteryear's Future

About Yesteryear's Future

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History of Science Fiction

History of Science Fiction

Posts focused on the history of science fiction.

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Sociology of Science Fiction

Sociology of Science Fiction

Posts focused on the sociology and culture of science fiction.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956

Science Fiction and Fear

A lot of science fiction stories explore different aspects of fear, most especially the fear of loss: loss of self or identity, loss of autonomy or freedom, loss of values held dear, and more. One of the classics that has been reinterpreted numerous times, including last year’s Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig film, The Invasion, […]

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The Great SF Debate

The Great SF Debate

Back in 1941, Robert A. Heinlein proposed the initials “SF,” which at the time was a common abbreviation for “science fiction.” But he had another idea. He felt it should stand for the broader term “speculative fiction.” To this day, there are passionate debates about which term to use. Is it all semantics? Here’s what […]

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astronaut and an alien

Alien Thoughts

“The alien is the creation of a need — man’s need to designate something that is genuinely outside himself, something that is truly non-man, that has no initial relation to man except for the fact that it has no relation …. it is through learning to relate to the alien that man has learned to […]

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Engraving of a steam-powered robot

Robots in Science Fiction

“One of Descartes’ students asked the master how he would know when an automaton had become a true man. “‘When he tells me so himself,’ Descartes said.” — “Cybernauts in Cyberspace: William Gibson’s Neuromancer” by David Porush Robots, androids (and gynoids), and other assorted automatons have been a staple of science fiction since before it […]

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space canon

Shooting Off Into Space

Once upon a time — it was 1866 — Jules Verne wrote an adventure story in which a group of Americans build a large cannon to shoot the first men to the Moon. Later, Sir Isaac Newton developed a thought experiment that placed a cannon on a very high mountain that, with the right amount […]

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