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==September 15,2019: Comparison Between "The Gernsback Continuum" and "Blink"==
 
==September 15,2019: Comparison Between "The Gernsback Continuum" and "Blink"==
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Comparing [[w:William Gibson|William Gibson]]’s “''[[w:The Gernsback Continuum|The Gernsback Continuum]]''” and [[w:Doctor Who|Doctor Who]]’s “''[[w:Blink|Blink]]''” episode can be a bit of a challenge if you aren't a big science fiction fan or it can be hard to find something that the two have in common other than the fact that the protagonist of both works watched and viewed this week were photographers. It is clear to me that the main aspect the two works from this week have in common are their themes. Both stories theme is about a future that has not happened yet.  
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In Gibson’s “''The Gernsback Continuum,''” the protagonist dreams of an alternate reality based on the 1900's image of how the future world is supposed to look like. He is able to do this through “semiotic ghost” which are characterized as “bits of deep cultural imagery that have split off and taken on a life of its own”. In the "''Blink''" episode of ''"Doctor Who"'', protagonist Sally Sparrow has to fix a future that has not happened yet. The antagonists of this story also known as “the weeping angels” are unearthly creatures that send humans to the past to create paradoxes the 1930s pictured a future world with “white marble, slipstreamed chrome, immortal crystal, and burnish bronze” and this is the very future the protagonist had to awaken in. Then Sally is given multiple clues from the past and future from a set of DVDs to connect her to the right people to help her manifest a future where she gets to live, the Doctor gets his time machine back, and a number of the angels die. Hill stated, "the Weeping angels resemble conventional horror monsters, monsters that have no role other than being monsters".<ref>[search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=656378&site=eds-live&scope=site].</ref> The protagonist in The Gernsback Continuum couldn’t understand how the future of the 1930s had become his reality. As he captured more and more of the current remains of architectural attempts at the thirties envisioned future, he started to see zeppelin docks and weird flying objects. Then he even comes in contact with the people of that time period with their food pill belts and aluminum avocado shaped car. Ultimately this future never came true because during the process of trying to make it a reality it nearly destroys the very earth through things like pollution and the carbon footprint. Nevertheless, a future that was able to be successfully changed was that in Doctor Who’s episode called “Blink.”
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Revision as of 23:48, 15 September 2019

August 14, 2019: Science Fiction

Science fiction is what it sounds like to me. It is happenings that occur versus the theories in science that have been proven. Fiction in literature means not real. When I think about science fiction I think of supernatural powers. For example, shooting spider web silk from your hand. It is impossible because humans and spiders have two different genetic makeups. Another example could be someone having psychic visions. No one can see into the future and know what will happen next or have something happen and try to prevent it. How about people creating weather like storms and tornadoes? I don't think that we as humans can make weather patterns but how we treat our planet and litter can affect the weather. My last example since we are coming up two months from Halloween would be witches on brooms flying in the air. All of these things are impossible because of the science we have today. Until science evolves we are stuck where we are.

August 30, 2019: What I Learned

The three aspects I learned about are speculation of future, impact on science and technology, and in a different time or space. After watching The Truth About Science Fiction [1] I learned that science fiction helps scientists embark on new journeys and seek the unknown. Science fiction helps take things out of perspective and put in what-if scenarios. Science Fiction shows us different perspectives. Two definitions I read that stood out to me from this week's readings. One was from Isaac Asimov his definition of science fiction is that branch of literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific advance upon human beings.” The other was stated by, Robert Heinlein, his definition of science fiction is a handy short definition of almost all science fiction might read: realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world, past and present, and on a thorough understanding of the scientific method. To make the definition cover all science fiction (instead of ‘almost all’) it is necessary only to strike out the word ‘future.” 

@TSmith2020:: Science fiction definitely shows us different perspectives, I agree. For example, the trope of "aliens" can mean so many different things thematically in a story. With that, we're able to explore and understand what it means to be an alien, not just the kind with the big eyes and spaceships, but also the perspectives of those that are foreign or different. -MorganAtMGA (talk) 19:53, 8 September 2019 (EDT)

September 7, 2019: "The Swimmer" With Allusions

In John Cheever’s book/film “The Swimmer” the aspect of different allusions and symbolism is a science fiction element I picked up on as I read up on it because of funding reasons. I had a chance to read “The Swimmer” through a google book. The plot starts with a guy swimming home from a social function using his neighbor's pools. As the plot of the story thickens the setting of the scene changes. The weather changes from being sunny to gloomy. Not only did the weather change but the attitudes of the people he was surrounded by were getting worse. The final thing that went through a change in this production was the pool’s water level. Metaphorically the guy is experiencing change which helps a person grow. The different dimensions give the man different obstacles that he has to hurdle over to get home. Different dimensions is another element of science fiction as it deals with different perceptions and altered worlds. The production changing the scenery and vibe of the people helps a person see their alter ego. He named the journey he took through the pools as a river after his wife. Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag The protagonist in The Gernsback Continuum couldn’t understand how the future of the 1930s had become his reality. As he captured more and more of the current remains of architectural attempts at the thirties envisioned future, he started to see zeppelin docks and weird flying objects. Then he even comes in contact with the people of that time period with their food pill belts and aluminum avocado shaped car. Ultimately this future never came true because during the process of trying to make it a reality it nearly destroys the very earth through things like pollution and the carbon footprint. Nevertheless, a future that was able to be successfully changed was that in Doctor Who’s episode called “Blink.”

References

  1. <https://youtu.be/OqFTDSsaFJE/> The Truth About Science Fiction /> [2] retrieved 28 August 2019.
  2. <Cheever, John, and Eleanor Perry. The swimmer. HarperCollins, 2009./> [3] retreived 7 September 2019
  3. <Morgan, Robert. "The Swimmer: Burt Lancaster Journeys Upriver Into the Dark Heart of Suburbia." James River Film Journal. James River FilmJournal, 26 Mar. 2014. Web. 7 Dec. 2015. <[4]./> retreived 7 September 2019.
  4. <Rudy, Lisa Jo, M.Div. “The Swimmer (Film).” Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2019. EBSCOhost, [search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx direct=true&db=ers&AN=89403180&site=eds-live&scope=site] retreived 7 September 2019.
  5. <Analysis of The Swimmer[5]/> retreived 7 September 2019.
  6. <Matthew Croombs. La Jetée in Historical Time: Torture, Visuality, Displacement. no. 2, 2017, p. 25-45. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1353/cj.2017.0001. retreived 7 September 2019.
  7. <Marker, Chris, et al. La Jetée. Criterion Collection, 2007. EBSCOhost, <search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=cat06566a&AN=mga.992306844602955&site=eds-live&scope=site/> retreived 7 September 2019.
  8. <https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5njo9z[6]retrieved 15 Septenber 2019.