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How Great Science Fiction Works

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Robots, spaceships, futuristic megacities, planets orbiting distant stars. These icons of science fiction are now in our daily news. Science fiction, once maligned as mere pulp, has motivated cutting-edge scientific research, inspired new technologies, and changed how we view everyday life - and its themes and questions permeate popular culture. Take an unparalleled look at the influence, history, and greatest works of science fiction with illuminating insights and fascinating facts about this wide-ranging genre. If you think science fiction doesn't have anything to do with you, this course deserves your attention. And if you love science fiction, you can't miss this opportunity to trace the arc of science fiction's evolution, understand the hallmarks of great science fiction, and delve deeply into classics while finding some new favorites.

These 24 captivating lectures reveal the qualities that make science fiction an enduring phenomenon that has been steadily gaining popularity. You'll grasp the context and achievements of authors like Arthur C. Clarke, H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, Ursula K. LeGuin, and many more. You'll experience the wonder, horror, and incredible imagination of works like Frankenstein, the Foundation series, Stranger in a Strange Land, and dozens of more recent stories as well. You'll also see this genre's influence in movies like Star Wars and TV shows like The Twilight Zone.

Science fiction can take us places in time and space where no other form of fiction can - outer space, the far future, alternate universes, unfathomable civilizations. The best science fiction expands our imaginations and makes its mark on our reality. And while few writers would ever claim to predict the future, sometimes authors get it almost eerily right: Gernsback describing radar in 1911, Bradbury describing giant flatscreen TVs in 1951, Gibson inventing "cyberspace" in 1984, and so on.

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    Walter Wolfsberg, Österreich 14.10.2016
    Walter Wolfsberg, Österreich 14.10.2016
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    "I have read it too"

    It almost seems as if a large part of the 24 lectures consist of name-dropping: books and authors who get mentioned as examples for the point Prof. Wolfe wants to make. And the avid sci-fi reader who listens nods knowingly: yes, I have read it too.

    Periods and topics (he calls them “icons”) like spaceships or robots are discussed in great detail and almost at nauseam with lots of references to key novels. Sometimes it seems as if a spoiler alert should be included at the beginning of each lecture. But then also a lot of books get introduced in a way that makes me eager to read some of them or happy not to have read them.

    Nevertheless it is very interesting to listen to the various POVs on this literary genre, learning a lot about the background of authors and sub-genres one does not appreciate so much but are important parts of the big picture.

    Unfortunately Prof. Wolfe despite being very knowledgeable about his subject has a rather dry lecturing style. So while there is emotion – he feels deeply about SciFi and hates bad movies - a bit of humour is lacking. But then this is no fun performance since there are also the materials to this lecture series included (as pdf-file).

    I would recommend this lecture programme to fans of the genre or people who have already read quite a bit of SciFi. For those not familiar with the genre looking for an introduction it would be overkill by an alien with ray-guns…

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    John Matrix 14.02.2016
    John Matrix 14.02.2016
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    Very well done lectures, only a mentoning of Perry Rhodan is missing. Otherwise perfec
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