Pseudoscience and Science Fiction

Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference. Both pseudoscience and science fiction (SF) are creative endeavours that have little in common with academic science, beyond the superficial trappings of jargon and subject matter.

Author: Andrew May

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319426052

Category: Science

Page: 181

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Aliens, flying saucers, ESP, the Bermuda Triangle, antigravity ... are we talking about science fiction or pseudoscience? Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference. Both pseudoscience and science fiction (SF) are creative endeavours that have little in common with academic science, beyond the superficial trappings of jargon and subject matter. The most obvious difference between the two is that pseudoscience is presented as fact, not fiction. Yet like SF, and unlike real science, pseudoscience is driven by a desire to please an audience – in this case, people who “want to believe”. This has led to significant cross-fertilization between the two disciplines. SF authors often draw on “real” pseudoscientific theories to add verisimilitude to their stories, while on other occasions pseudoscience takes its cue from SF – the symbiotic relationship between ufology and Hollywood being a prime example of this. This engagingly written, well researched and richly illustrated text explores a wide range of intriguing similarities and differences between pseudoscience and the fictional science found in SF. Andrew May has a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a PhD in astrophysics from Manchester University. After many years in academia and the private sector, he now works as a freelance writer and scientific consultant. He has written pocket biographies of Newton and Einstein, as well as contributing to a number of popular science books. He has a lifelong interest in science fiction, and has had several articles published in Fortean Times magazine

Science Fact and Science Fiction

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Author: Brian M. Stableford

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415974607

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 729

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Science fiction is a literary genre based on scientific speculation. Works of science fiction use the ideas and the vocabulary of all sciences to create valid narratives that explore the future effects of science on events and human beings. Science Fact and Science Fiction examines in one volume how science has propelled science-fiction and, to a lesser extent, how science fiction has influenced the sciences. Although coverage will discuss the science behind the fiction from the Classical Age to the present, focus is naturally on the 19th century to the present, when the Industrial Revolution and spectacular progress in science and technology triggered an influx of science-fiction works speculating on the future. As scientific developments alter expectations for the future, the literature absorbs, uses, and adapts such contextual visions. The goal of the Encyclopedia is not to present a catalog of sciences and their application in literary fiction, but rather to study the ongoing flow and counterflow of influences, including how fictional representations of science affect how we view its practice and disciplines. Although the main focus is on literature, other forms of science fiction, including film and video games, are explored and, because science is an international matter, works from non-English speaking countries are discussed as needed.

The Year s Scholarship in Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Literature 1982

A study of the use of pseudoscience in science fiction, pointing out that one era's
respectable theory is the next era's nonsense, thus requiring careful definition on
what is meant by pseudoscience. Science fiction conventions accept some ...

Author: Marshall B. Tymn

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Category: Fantasy in mass media

Page: 107

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Irish Science Fiction

This is the first book to focus exclusively on Irish science fiction, and the first to consider Irish-language stories and novels alongside works published in English.

Author: Jack Fennell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1781381194

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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Irish Science Fiction revisits a critical paradigm that has often been overlooked or dismissed by science fiction scholars - namely, that science fiction can be understood in terms of myth. Science fiction springs from pseudo-science rather than 'proper' science, because pseudo-science is more easily converted into narrative; in this book it is argued that different cultures produce distinct pseudo-sciences, and thus, unique science fiction traditions. Fennell's innovative framework is used to examine Irish science fiction from the 1850s to the present day, covering material written both in Irish and in English. Considering science fiction novels and short stories in their historical context, Irish Science Fiction analyses a body of literature that has largely been ignored by Irish literature researchers. This is the first book to focus exclusively on Irish science fiction, and the first to consider Irish-language stories and novels alongside works published in English.

Apocalypse and Science Fiction

Van Vogt , in our estimation , stands as paradigm of the role belief plays in the
willingness to accept pseudo - science . And he also stands as the prime
example of the difficulty ( indeed , the impossibility , some argue ) in drawing any
hard and ...

Author: Frederick A. Kreuziger

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Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 247

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Science Fiction

172 ) , most science fiction writers , when they have been conscious of their
materials , have eschewed pseudoscience , preferring instead the hard
extrapolative model of Wells , although there are important exceptions . L . Ron
Hubbard , best ...

Author: Robert Scholes

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195021745

Category: Science fiction

Page: 258

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The Science of Sci Fi Music

This book takes a close look at the science behind "science fiction" music, as well as exploring the way sci-fi imagery found its way into the work of musicians like Sun Ra and David Bowie, and how music influenced the science fiction ...

Author: Andrew May

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030478335

Category: Science

Page: 153

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The 20th century saw radical changes in the way serious music is composed and produced, including the advent of electronic instruments and novel compositional methods such as serialism and stochastic music. Unlike previous artistic revolutions, this one took its cues from the world of science. Creating electronic sounds, in the early days, required a well-equipped laboratory and an understanding of acoustic theory. Composition became increasingly “algorithmic”, with many composers embracing the mathematics of set theory. The result was some of the most intellectually challenging music ever written – yet also some of the best known, thanks to its rapid assimilation into sci-fi movies and TV shows, from the electronic scores of Forbidden Planet and Dr Who to the other-worldly sounds of 2001: A Space Odyssey. This book takes a close look at the science behind "science fiction" music, as well as exploring the way sci-fi imagery found its way into the work of musicians like Sun Ra and David Bowie, and how music influenced the science fiction writings of Philip K. Dick and others.

British Fantasy and Science fiction Writers 1918 1960

Author: Harris-Fain Darren Gale Cengage

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 392

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Essays on British writers of fantasy and science fiction, including dark fantasy and supernatural horror. Includes lesser-known authors who made their own small but significant contributions to this field. Discusses the impact of pulp magazines and other new magazines that focused on subgenres such as romance fiction, adventure fiction, Western fiction, and eventually fantasy and science fiction, and utopian literature, a predecessor and close cousin of science fiction.

Close Encounters

Close Encounters? examines the historical development of science fiction as a genre in books and films, tracing its roots, examining its most common ideas, exploring its relationship to "real" science, and attempting to assess its cultural ...

Author: R.J Lambourne

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780852741412

Category: Science

Page: 191

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Currently, science fiction in all its forms is enjoying enormous popular interest. There can be no doubt that science fiction books and films have great influence on the public view of science and scientists. Close Encounters? examines the historical development of science fiction as a genre in books and films, tracing its roots, examining its most common ideas, exploring its relationship to "real" science, and attempting to assess its cultural impact. Discussion focuses on major themes such as time travel, politics, religion, ecology, and disasters. The authors consider the science in science fiction, the images of scientists that science fiction conveys, and some of the political, religious, and social motifs prominent in science fiction. They also discuss pseudo-science and its growing influence on the public perception of science. This fascinating, thought-provoking study should be read by all those interested in how the nature of science and its role in our society is portrayed in science fiction.

Science and Earth History

Don't confuse pseudoscience with science fiction ; they can sound almost alike in
places . Science fiction is a legitimate branch of literature , dealing in fantasy in
the established tradition of such famous writers as Edgar Allan Poe and Jules ...

Author: Arthur Newell Strahler

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Category: Religion

Page: 552

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In this comprehensive treatment of the ongoing conflict between creationists and evolutionary scientists, well-known geomorphologist Arthur Strahler carefully examines creationists' claims of scientific evidence for the six-day divine creation of the universe, followed by the catastrophic flood of Noah, as claimed in Genesis. The creationists' arguments are examined and evaluated against the findings of mainstream science in the fields of cosmology, astronomy, geophysics, geology, paleontology, and evolutionary biology.Updated with a new preface and responses to recent attacks on evolutionary theory, Science and Earth History can serve as both a popular overview of earth history and as a scholarly anecdote to the fictions of creationism once again finding their way into classrooms and universities. Strahler illuminates the controversy by reviewing the philosophy, methodology, and sociology of empirical science, as contrasted with the belief systems of religion and pseudoscience. The author also includes lucid criteria for distinguishing science from pseudoscience, and reviews the great discoveries and developments in science that point to the evolution of life over the earth's three-billion-year history.Arthur Strahler was professor and chairman of geomorphology at the Department of Geology of Columbia University.

Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century

The flying saucer cult is one of the corners of the field of pseudoscience which
owes a great deal to the permeation of our culture by science - fictional ideas .
There are problems with the term ' pseudo - science ' , of course . It arrogantly ...

Author: Edward James

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN:

Category: Drama

Page: 250

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Explores this popular literary genre as a cultural phenomenon which has had a considerable impact upon the the way in which the modern world is viewed

The New Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

Author: James E. Gunn

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 524

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Distinguished, authoritative contributors present a comprehensive, up-to-date, illustrated reference that covers all aspects of its subject, from science-fiction's nine-teenth-century beginnings to cyberpunk, from Nemo to Kirk

Fringe Science

Fringe Science delves into the science, science fiction, and pseudoscience of Fringe with a collection of essays on everything from alternate universes to time travel to genetically targeted toxins, as well as discussions on the show’s ...

Author: Kevin R. Grazier

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1935618911

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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Scientific experts explore the ideas behind the hit TV show. Fringe Science delves into the science, science fiction, and pseudoscience of Fringe with a collection of essays on everything from alternate universes to time travel to genetically targeted toxins, as well as discussions on the show’s moral philosophy and the consequences of playing God. MIT physics professor Max Tegmark illuminates the real-life possibilities of parallel universes Stephen Cass, founding editor of Discover’s Science Not Fiction blog and a senior editor with Technology Review, unravels Fringe’s use of time travel Award-winning science fiction historian Amy H. Sturgis walks us through the show’s literary and television ancestors, from the 1800s on Television Without Pity staff writer Jacob Clifton looks at the role of the scientist, and scientific redemption, through the ever-shifting role of Massive Dynamic Garth Sundem, bestselling author of Brain Candy, explores the mysterious way that memory works, from why Walter forgets to how Olivia remembers Paul Levinson, award-winning author of The Silk Code, shows how Fringe re-invents themes from golden-age 1950s science fiction And more, from lab cow Gene’s scientific résumé to why the Observers should be wearing white lab coats.

SF in Dimension

L . Sprague de Camp wrote in his Science - Fiction Handbook , “ The science -
fiction magazines persist in publishing stories of strange worlds , the future ,
marvelous journeys , and utopias with little or no science — no pseudo - science
even .

Author: Alexei Panshin

Publisher: Chicago : Advent Publishers

ISBN:

Category: Science fiction

Page: 342

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Science Fiction

The science of Ruthven Todd ' s Space Cat has long been superseded by the
astronauts landing on the moon ; still , Flyball ' s journey ... Such an image is
typical of the pseudoscience which dominated children ' s science fiction in the
1950s .

Author: Janice Antczak

Publisher: New York : Neal-Schuman

ISBN:

Category: American fiction

Page: 233

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This text examines science fiction and its development as a subgenre of children's literature. It also discusses archetype and symbol, humour, setting, reviewing and criticism.

Modern Science Fiction and the American Literary Community

50 As the literature of science fiction increased , and as libraries showed more
interest in collecting it , catalogers and classifiers took increasing notice of the
genre . The H . W . Wilson Company ' s indexers used the term " pseudoscientific
 ...

Author: Frederick Andrew Lerner

Publisher: Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 325

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Astounding Science fiction

There have , howscientific advances while credulously ever , been examples ,
aside from antiaccepting the wildest pseudoscientific evolutionary laws : for
instance the respeculations . cent firing of Dr . Allen V . Astin , DiIt would be nice if
there ...

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Category: Science fiction

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Isaac Asimov s Science Fiction Magazine

Now this audience is certain amount of somewhat half probably smaller , and the
mid - list assed pseudoscientific ... What Way , on the other hand , is the sort
Madlands really is is surrealism , of science fiction novel that delivor a kind of
North ...

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Category: Science fiction, American

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The Best Science Fiction of Arthur Conan Doyle

Less a purist than Asimov , Kingsley Amis sees as the fundamental condition for
the creation of science fictional situations " some innovation in science or
technology , or pseudoscience and pseudotechnology . ” And to be sure , in the
tales ...

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

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Category: Science fiction, English

Page: 190

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Analog Science Fact Science Fiction

Are teacher candidates taught anything else besides the above items of pseudo -
science ? Sure . Lots more pseudoscience , mostly to the effect that if the child
can't learn his words , ” or guess well enough to follow the story , it is because he
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