Category Archives: History

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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Characters and Society in Science Fiction Stories after 1945

This essay was written for a class I took called “Science Fiction and American Culture.” It was in response to three short stories and one novel: “Thunder and Roses” by Theodore Sturgeon, “The Roads Must Roll” by Robert Heinlein, “Coming Attraction” by Fritz Leiber, and The Space Merchants, by Frederik Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth. You […]

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Themes & Trends in Science Fiction

A Brief Overview of Common Subjects Machines Humankind and its relationship with machines (robots, computers, gadgets) is probably one of the most dominant themes in science fiction. From Don Quixote’s duel with a windmill to Sarah Connor’s flight from the Terminator, science fiction has often concerned itself with the gadgets we make and whether it […]

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