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23 June 2002 @ 07:44 pm
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For me, there are two kinds of Science Fiction. In the first, the technology is just a vehicle for the plot, and really is not essential to the main thrust of the story. A good example of this category is H.G. Welles' "The Time Machine". The real point of the story is the divergence between Morlock and Eloik, both equally descendants of the humans of our day, created out of a divergence already existing in society. This is very much a classic type of tale, even though it involves fantastic technology.

In a second class of Science Fiction, the divergence between the fictional world and our own runs through the core of the story. These divergences are explored, and the storyline is used to show how these changes impact reality. These core concepts are twisted upon themselves, creating new and fascinating possibilities. A prime example of this would be "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" (a.k.a. Blade Runner), where the concept of "Replicants" is introduced, and we explore the possibility of artificial creations having some element of humanity. I'd also consider Larry Niven's "The Magic Goes Away" or Asimov's "Bicentennial Man" to be good examples of this category.

Minority Report is a VERY good story of the second kind. Go see it. I intend to take phoenixfyre to see it, soon.
Jim: karandraswarpdragon on June 24th, 2002 12:02 am (UTC)
I completely agree. And that's the best kind of science fiction in my mind... take the current world, introduce a slight change, and extrapolate from there. The characters are still recognizable as what we think of as timeless humans, but society as a whole is changed... whether it's the minor changes of Alfred Bester's novels or the relatively major changes of "Snow Crash" and "The Diamond Age."