August 20, 2019: Science Fiction Journal 1
When I think of Science Fiction, off the top of my head it is defined as science that is made up. Science fiction consist of ideas and conspiracies that have not been thoroughly proven by the science committee. It is like mythical ideas or phenomenon's that have been told from one generation to the next, but there is not sufficient evidence to prove it is real. For example, aliens are science fiction. This is because media has portrayed the idea of non-earthly lifeforms as giant headed, green beings that fly around in UFO's. Surely there can be life on other planets, but research has not proven the common images we see. Rather, it is just a plant of some sort. Another example would be big foot. There is no real evidence that this being exist either. Yet, there are movies about big foot, people cosplay as big foot, and some even tries to catch the beast. Therefore, based on my own knowledge science fiction are the "what if" stories that a large number of people seem to believe true.
August 24, 2019: Science Fiction Research Journal 2
Researching about science fiction, I have realized that it is much deeper than what I thought it was. I have learned a lot about the subject, but three specific aspects I have learned is that science fiction can be broken down into two types, science fiction stories have predicted the future, and that inventors have actually used science fiction as a spark for their inventions.
In the article I found defining science fiction, it refers to science fiction in two forms: hard science fiction and soft science fiction. Hard Science fiction strictly follows scientific facts and principles. The second type is soft science fiction. Soft science fiction focuses on social science. It is those stories that refer to the consequences of human behavior and/or interactions. As mentioned in the article, a great example of this would be the movie Wall-E.
Hard science fiction is the type of science fiction I was not fully aware of. Hard science fiction is typically written by authors with some type of knowledge in science, therefore making predictions about the future of science. In the YouTube video "The Truth About Science Fiction (Documentary)", it mentions how stories like Ralph 124C 41+ by Hugo Gernsback made remarkable predictions. Gernsback predicted things like vending machines and jukeboxes. Jules Verne's created stories of men flying weightlessly years before man walked on the moon.
Jules Verne and H.G. Wells are considered the father's of science fiction, and many of their works had impacts on scientific inventions that we know today. In Wells' novel The World Set Free he explains the idea of the atomic bomb. This sparked an interest in scientist that work in chemical weaponry to actually discover how to create atomic bombs. Another example is the novel The Cybernetic Brain by Raymond F. Jones. His novel featured the first cyborg, which sparked inventions in cybernetic prosthetics.
This research has truly opened up my mind about the world of science fiction. Not only can it be stories of monsters and life on different universes, but it can also be stories of scientific and technological advancements that we may see in our future.