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August 24, 2019

When I would think of Science Fiction, I always associated it with just aliens and technology. I don't really have any other thoughts on Science Fiction as it wasn't really my genre and while it is interesting for some I didn't have an interest in it. For me, I would define Science Fiction as a genre that is associated with sciences and other worldly beings. It also associates with how the future may be or how technology can be advanced.

August 24, 2019

From what I learned of Science Fiction, I would say that I was right to think how I did on the definition of Science Fiction. Science Fiction is a literary genre that is focused on science and is also focused on technology. I found out from the documentary Brave New Worlds: The Science Fiction Phenomenon, I learned that it came in 1926. The authors then were trying to show the younger audience at the time how their world can be different. I think I was also right to think that it was the focus on technology because they were thinking about how technology is advanced.

@TamiMarie: Hello! I thought of the same things when science fiction came to mind because science fiction is not really my genre either. Do you think that now that you have done more research on the topic that it has made you more interested in the genre?--Daisja30 (talk) 22:05, 31 August 2019 (EDT)

September 5, 2019

"The Swimmer" by John Cheever is a short story about a man named Neddy that is swimming in a pool and he tries to get home by swimming through the pools of his neighbors. As he kept doing this he was greeted warmly by his neighbors but overtime things became more and more darker. When he makes it home, he sees that his home is desolate. The science fictional elements in “The Swimmer” is how time and space is used. Time and Space in science fiction is essentially when time and space are warped in some kind of way. The protagonist, Neddy was swimming in pools and he was pretty much going to different pools at different houses that belonged to his friends. Overtime as he kept going, things started to become more and more distorted and surreal.

@Tami Marie: Hi Tami! I saw Neddy as someone who was struggling with reality throughout the story. It is clear that his life is not as perfect as it seems, and as the story progresses we start to see the truth behind the curtain. Nice job! Christina.moore2 (talk) 17:16, 6 September 2019 (EDT)

September 5, 2019

The similarity that both “The Swimmer” and “La Jetee” is the concept of time and space. In “The Swimmer” Neddy is going from different pieces of his friends’ homes and things started to become surreal and distorted. In the end Neddy comes back to his own home to find that it had become deserted and empty. In “La Jetee” the protagonist goes through time travel and he ends up in many different parts of his life. “La Jetee” takes place during a post-war era and at some point the protagonist ends up in the past before the war happened and he meets a woman and falls in love with her. He does eventually die when the people who were experimenting on him, follow him and they get ready to get rid of him. For here the common trait that the stories share is how time is used in both of them.

References

Brave New Worlds: The Science Fiction Phenomenon

The Swimmer by John Cheever https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/currentstudents/undergraduate/modules/fulllist/special/en304/syllabus2014-15/cheever_the_swimmer.pdf

La Jetee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLfXCkFQtXw&t=202s