Difference between Science Fiction and Fantasy - University of Bridgeport ENGL 180 Professor Lehman Vladislav Paskas Paper#2 Differences between Science

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University of BridgeportENGL 180Professor LehmanVladislav Paskas12/3/2014Paper #2Differences between Science Fiction and Fantasy (“The Hobbit” vs “Slaughterhouse Five”)Many people say that there is very little difference between science fiction and fantasy. That might seem true at the first look, because both of them create new realitiesand worlds that are different than ours. However humans tend to achieve anything that science fiction can offer; for example, creating something new, improving technology or even discovering an alien planet. But fantasy is very limited to humans because it is usually bizarre and provides us with something that we can only dream about; for example - a magic. There are many differences and similarities between science fiction and fantasy. However, the fundamental distinction is that science fiction tells us what is possible, while fantasy shows us what is impossible to happen. Science fiction has the ability to put us in some futuristic settings along with futuristic science and technology, time travel, faster than light speed travel or even otherparallel universes and alien planets. It also discovers the potential consequences of scientific innovation and this is why is often called the “literature of ideas”. The book “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut is the perfect combination of all futuristic innovations. “Slaughterhouse Five” includes time travel, aliens and other dimension while also interacts with the reality and the present. The writer describes the 1
most horrific massacre in European history – bombing of Dresden in Germany during World War II. More than 130,000 people died which is more victims than after bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. He decided to write the book about it because not a lot of people knew about this disaster, while everybody else knew about Hiroshimaand Nagasaki. He knew that his book will be banned in many civil groups and societies in its raw form, because it gives us the full prospective of such a terrific event. This is the reason why he mixes reality with the science fiction. He introduces us to aliens named Tralfamadorians. The Tralfamadorians are green and shaped like toilet plungers,

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