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Changes to Science Fiction genre

This prezi shows how Science Fiction has changed over time, reflecting changes in society.

Nicola Bain

on 23 April 2013

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1902 1950 2000 1910 1920 1930 1940 1960 1970 1980 1990 2010 La Voyage dans la Lune (1902) is considered to be the first science fiction film There were two main approaches to science fiction during early film days: the intention of being humorous and for prediction and social commentary. There were also several attempts at creating horror fiction films. From 1936, a number of science fiction comic strips were adapted to film/tv. Changes in the Science Fiction genre During the 1930s-1950s, the world faced the Great Depression and World War 2. These two situations not only had an impact on society but also on the film industry. Many people sought refuge in films from the 1930s-1950s. Science fiction films used the unfamiliar with the familiar to make social commentary about 'the other', superhero narratives, and drawing parallels to the War. The Space Race began in 1957 between America and Russia, influencing many science fiction film narratives. They really began exploring the idea of space travel and other planets/worlds/life forms Once journeys into space become common-place in society, films and televisions shows like Star Wars,2001: A Space Odessy and Star Trek, that focused on life in space, really began to excell. Scientific developments in robotic and nanotechnology caused a shift in science fiction narratives during the 80s.

The mainstreaming of the computer, in particular personal computers, also influenced 80s scifi. Some Scifi films also used their narratives to make social commentary about the fight against 'the other', including the fear of brainwashing. What kind of situations in society do you think could have caused these fears?
In groups, brainstorm
some ideas. Cyberpunk A new SciFi sub genre was created in the late 80s, Cyberpunk. It deals with a combination of "advanced science, such as information technology and cybernetics" and "a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order.” Superheroes 'Earthbound soft fiction' The public obesession with the Space Race is over and the individualistic nature of Western culture has inspired many sci-fi narratives. Political commentary Fear of the possibilities with technology as well as... Individulism Beyond ...the material ... to the neurological Essay 1: Discuss how and why ONE change is important for your chosen media genre. The development you should focus on in the transition from B-grade to mainstream Essay 2: Discuss how and why significant features / conventions are important for your chosen media genre The key features/conventions you should focus on are How are current SciFi films
using technology? What are the social issues
being commented on?
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