Using science to justify existence of devices and or processes Using a

Using science to justify existence of devices and or

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– Using science to justify existence of devices and/ or processes – Using a scientific process itself or a scientific setting for a story – Using science peripherally to provide justifications and background
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32 Lambourne, R. J., Shallis, M., & Shortland, M. (1990). Close encounters? Science and science fiction . Bristol: Adam Hilger. Use of science in SciFi: – Physics and astronomy/astrophysics most common – Biology and particularly genetics well represented – Ecology also present – Psychology some representation, varied – Chemistry - rare, except for biochemistry
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33 Stocker, J. H. (1998). Chemistry and science fiction . Washington, DC: American Chemical Society. Accuracy of science Particularly bad in movies or TV series Example Star Trek The next generation, episode ² The Royale ³ , description of planet atmosphere Geordi: Nasty - nitrogen, methane, liquid neon, surface temperature minus 291 degrees Celsius, winds up to 312 meters per second. Riker: Not exactly a vacation planet Geordi: Not unless you like ammonia tornadoes.
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34 Accuracy of Science Karen Traviss, City of Pearl, Crossing the Line, The World before.: Wess ± har are an old civilization, which exists on at least two planets. Families consist of one female issan and multiple males jurej ± ve . Males are gestating and can do so only once, since their sexual organ atrophies to form a gestational pouch. Multiple births are not discussed, but in several places there are situations where a male suckling a single infant is described, implying that multiple births are not a norm. Is there a contradiction here?
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35 Logical reasoning Robert J. Sawyer, ² Illegal alien ³ J the alien accidentally kills a human, then removes body parts (eye, appendix, etc.) to hide the evidence from other aliens that humans could not have been designed by a Creator (due to imperfections of design) . Is there a reasoning flaw here?
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36 Science fiction and fantasy deal with events played against social backgrounds that do not exist today and have not existed in the past. In SciFi, the background is derived from appropriate changes in the level of science and technology. Fantasy portrays backgrounds which cannot be derived from our own by any change of science and technology. The advance of science and technology is cumulative, each advance encourages further more rapid advance. Rapid changes since the Industrial revolution. ² Science fiction is a branch of literature which deals with human responses to changes in the level of science and technology. ³ ² Science fiction took as its domain all conceivable societies, past and future, probable and improbable, realistic or fantastic, and dealt with all the events and complications that were possible in all those societies. ³
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37 ² You can ± t have good science fiction stories with bad science ³ ² If it is bad fiction, it is bad science fiction. ³ ; Good fiction can be bad science fiction.
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