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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)

@TamiMarie: Time and space in "The Swimmer" is warped in Neddy's mind. I think that the pools represent a portal that goes to another "dimension" from fantasies and memories to reality. Instead of things becoming more surreal and distorted I think that everything becomes clearer and focused. It is his transition from being drunk to being sober. At first his mind was hazy in another place. He was feeling great and happy, but as the alcohol began to wear off everything became much clearer. He wanted alcohol again to go back to his past. The pools technically sobered him up. MarinChristina (talk) 20:16, 7 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.

@Tami Marie:: Although I agree with you on most points, I think the further along Neddy traveled and the more people started to talk to him, that he began to question his reality. Then, like you said, once he reached his house, everything became crystal clear to him. I think both protagonist were trying to hang on to the good times of the past.--Daisja30 (talk) 18:33, 8 September 2019 (EDT)
@Tami Marie:: I agree that time is definitely one of the things the two stories share in common. I feel that both stories chose to use time as the focal point to show the extreme suppression or trauma both men experienced.Ambersmith5 (talk) 09:34, 9 September 2019 (EDT)
@Tami Marie: Your analyses must be a bit more in-depth and use strong secondary sources. Thanks. —Grlucas (talk) 16:43, 9 September 2019 (EDT)

September 14. 2019

In a previous post, I stated that science fiction isn't my genre. With that being said, I never seen an episode of Doctor Who until now. I had never watched Doctor Who previously and I don't have much knowledge of the show. The only thing that I know about it, is that it's about a person who can travel through time and space and I do know that their main enemy are these machines called Daleks. That's all I knew of Doctor Who. This episode, Blink, was a very interesting episode. The angels on this one aren't actually angels but are called weeping angels. My first impression of these are that they were just statues that covered their faces and they would kill people. It turns out the weeping angels send people back in time and leave them to die. The weeping angels prove to be a very dangerous bunch and it is advised to not blink.

@Tami Marie: Hi, Tami! I also had never seen an episode of Doctor Who before this one. I have to admit, I found it a bit confusing because I had never seen a previous episode, but I did enjoy it for the most part. The Weeping Angels were interesting to me because, as the Doctor said, they kill you by sending you back in time and letting you die slowly.
@Tami Marie: Hey Tami!! I'm glad we're in class together! As far as the Weeping Angels are concerned do you feel that their punishment was actually a punishment? From one perspective, the Weeping Angels never killed a person and only place them in another part of history. There might have been a little comfort knowing how certain world events would play out, which I suppose is an odd advantage to have. That individual still had the chance to have a life. I'd love to hear your thoughts! SaraKathryn (talk)- 22:45, 15 September 2019 (EDT)

September 14, 2019

Doctor Who’s Blink and William Gibson’s The Gernsback Continuum were what we had to read and watch this week. In the Blink, the weeping angels were able to seed people back into time and leave them in the past to die. The Gernsback Continuum is about a time continuum. The protagonist in The Gernsback Continuum is in a flying ship that goes from one image to the other. Between the two there is a common theme concerning Time. The weeping angels send people in time and that is how they essentially kills their victims. In the Gernsback Continuum, the narrator is seeing images of a parallel world that is similar to his. In both of Blink and Gernsback Continuum, both of the protagonist are trying to change something concerning time. The Doctor is alerting Sally from the past and the protagonist in Gernsback Continuum is trying to change images. In Getting Out of the Gernsback Continuum, Andrew Ross writes: "Because of the obligations of the conventions of historical narrative, literary historians of science fiction tend to favor linear accounts of its development as a cultural genre". This is evident here as in both episode and story the protagonists are favoring something else and are trying to change things.


Brave New Worlds: The Science Fiction Phenomenon

The Swimmer by John Cheever

La Jetee

Getting out of the Gernsback Continuum: