science fiction vocabulary Flashcards

Terms Definitions
phantoms
shadows
humanité
humanity
resilent
flexible springy
la technologie
technology
ebbing
declining or receding
queries
these are questions
psychiatric
dealing with mental illness
sluggishly
As if lacking energy
Subject
What the story is about
The Cage
Gene Rodenbury
1964
literary devices: characterization, talosians, props, viewing screen
themes: dangers of voyeurism, need for humans to be free, power of illusion
alien
a creature from outer space.
tumultuously
in a wild and disorderly way
Surged
Moved like waves, increased suddenly and strongly
dystopia
an ideal society that becomes intolerable.
Reactant
a chemical substance that is present at the start of a chemical reaction
Resilient
The ability to recover quickly from setbacks; elastic , able to spring back quickly into shape after being bent
moral
concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles
surge
to suddenly push forward in a violent way
utopia
an ideal and perfect place or state where every one lives in harmony and everything is for the best
science fiction 4 key elements
1)realistic and fantastic details, 2)grounded in science, 3)usually set in the future, 4)unknown inventions
Asimovs robotic rule 2
a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the first law
Currency
Money
disarray
disorganization
subtle
not obvious
épuiser
to exhaust
concussion
a strong shaking
slackening
begining to stop
slacken
to lessen; let up
murmur
low, indistinct, countionous sound
Climax
High point in the action
recede
become faint or more distant
skeletal
related to a skeleton of framework
idiosyncrasy
a characteristic, habit, mannerism, or the like that is particular to an individual
hostile
very unfriendly, strongly opposed to somebody or something.
Odor
any property detected by the olfactory system
extrapolated
verb- to understand unknown facts by using known facts, infer
cubicle
a small compartment used for work or sleep
octopi
this is the plural form of octopus-a sea creature with eight arms
phantasm
a thing seen in the imagination, a figment of imagination.
merit
the value or worth of a person or idea
Asimovs robotic rule 1
a robot may not injuere a human being or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm
l'espace
space
Interplanetaray
Between planets
Setting
Time and Place
Defiant
Challenging aggressively, disobedient
Humans
Monsters on Maple Street
Wonderment
Amazed admiration, awe, surprise
mainstream
what is normal/ trend
intense
showing great concentration or determination.
vital
something that is very important
dwindle
to become less, until little remains
errant
uncontrolled motion that is irregular or unpredictable
velocity
distance travelled per unit time/ speed.
Mr. Johansen
Long lost love of the princess
veldt
n. the open country, bearing grass, bushes, or shrubs, or thinly forested, characteristic of parts of southern Africa; a treeless grassland
locale
this in the place of an event
cryonics
freezing people in the hopes of restoring life at a later date
pessimistic
expecting the worst in this worst of all possible worlds
mortal
(n.) a being that must eventually die; (adj.) of or relating to such a being; causing death, fatal; possible, conceivable
Definition of science fiction
Science fiction is a genre in which scientific discoverys, space travel, life on other planets, or enviormental changes form part of the plot. These stories may also deal with consequences such developments have on individuals or society. These stories may or may not occur in the future.
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