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September 4, 2019: Science Fiction

For the first journal post we were asked to define science fiction in our own words. I personally know that fiction is literature that would be considered "made up" or not true, building upon that understanding I would say that science fiction would be literature or writing about scientific phenomenon that is made up or false. Science fiction usually consist of things that would seemingly never happen but I feel as if authors try to evoke a feeling of the what-if with their audience. Science fiction usually consist of zombie apocalypses, the end of the world and beyond, extra terrestrial encounters, and science gone bad in general. Even though in my opinion science fiction consist mostly of pseudo science I do feel that fictional stories about actual or true scientific occurrences could be considered science fiction as well. Some of the things I think of when I think science fiction are The Day After Tomorrow , I Robot, and The Walking Dead.

@Ambersmith5: Please do not try to indent (see the difference when I remove it?). Just skip a line between paragraphs. Some of your items could be linked, too, like I, Robot.Grlucas (talk) 07:17, 10 September 2019 (EDT)

September 4, 2019: Journal #2 Scholarly articles/youtube videos

The first thing that I read for this journal entry was the Professor Lucas' entry on some of the views of science fiction. the first quote that stood out to me was, "We might try to define science fiction in this broader sense as fiction based upon scientific or pseudo-scientific assumptions (space-travel, robots, telepathy, earthly immortality, and so forth) or laid in any patently unreal though non-supernatural setting (the future, or another world, and so forth)."(L. Sprague de Camp, Science Fiction Handbook (1953)) This quote stood out to me because this was something that I got partially correct in my initial post of my thoughts on SyFi. Another post that later stood out to me was, "By ‘scientifiction’ I mean the Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and Edgar Allan Poe type of story — a charming romance intermingled with scientific fact and prophetic vision."( Hugo Gernsback, Amazing Stories (April 1926)) This quote stood out because I honestly did not view SyFi in this light, I never thought of it as having any real romantic qualities. The next thing that I read was Wiki page of Ursula K. Le Guin, her page was interesting because she was a highly awarded author and she had a large influence on the SyFi community. Le Guin got her start through reading as a child. She read an array of works during her youth but stated that she was not captivated by much other than SyFi.

Le Guin wrote many different genres but was mostly recognized for her SyFi work, one of the things that stuck out to me was the fact that alot of her work was influenced by sociology, psychology, and philosophy. I found her influences interesting because I ready a quote that stated:"Science fiction is that branch of literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific advance upon human beings." naturally this made me think that there could definitely be a connection between psychology and SyFi. The best way in my opinion to describe SyFi after the reading I have done would be to create an alternative reality. Le Guin also used her platform in writing to speak on political, social, gender+sexuality, and moral development. While watching The Truth About Science Fiction documentary I learned that SyFi emerged in the 1700's as a form of imaginative literature. One of the important questions in Syfi is "what if?" Another thing I found interesting in the video was the accuracy of alot of the predictions and advancement in technology. Finally we were asked to find an article on our own that defines SyFi, the article I chose to use is called Defining "Science Fiction" What is science fiction... and why study it? In this article I learned that SyFi is fiction based on imagined future scientific or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, frequently portraying space or time travel and life on other planets.


[1] The Truth About Science Fiction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqFTDSsaFJE&feature=youtu.be https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursula_K._Le_Guin http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/SF-Defined.htm https://grlucas.net/grl/Some_Views_of_Science_Fiction

@Ambersmith5: Please see my directions again about your references section. Also, abbreviate science fiction with sf. Please use paragraphs. —Grlucas (talk) 07:21, 10 September 2019 (EDT)

September 8, 2019/The Swimmer

The Swimmer is definitely SyFi! I really enjoyed this story because it really reminded me of The Twilight Zone which has been one of my favorites since I was a a kid.The story started with the main character Neddy and his wife Lucinda enjoying a midsummer night by the pool at their friend's home. Neddy and Lucinda held a high social status and lived in a pretty affluent neighborhood. After having a few drinks Neddy begins to feel young and vibrant and decides that he wants to swim across all of the neighborhood pools to get home. During his swim he makes a few stops and during his stops he starts to notice that the seasons have changed and actually ends up learning a lot about himself.

Along the way he stops at other family's pool and has more drinks as well as participates in a few parties and gatherings, when Neddy gets to the Bunker's pool he encounters the first hint that something must be wrong when they tell him that they are happy he was able to make it to the party after all. A storm starts and Neddy decides to wait it out under the Levy's gazebo. As he goes on Neddy notices that many of the families have also moved away. Another thing that Neddy realizes is that he no longer receives a warm welcome from some of his neighbors. He is also told that he has fallen on some hard times and has had to ask for loans from some of his neighbors. Eventually Neddy begins to feel tired and cold, by the time he reaches his home he cries for the first time since he was a child and finally Neddy realizes that no one is in his house and the house is empty.

There were two themes in this story that stuck out to me, the main one is the inevitable passing of time. The main theme of the story is simple and it is, that regardless of what happens around us and how much we ignore it time must go on. Neddy went through many years and experienced a lot of loss yet he continued to ignore the things that were going n around him. The second theme was the emptiness that can still be felt in a close nit affluent neighborhood such as this, people who were once very nice to Neddy became nasty to him when they saw the things that he had gone through. One of the symbols I noticed was the changing weather which to me symbolized the changing seasons in our lives. Another thing that I noticed was the fact that Neddy named the chain of pools the "Lucinda River" meaning maybe he expected some form of longevity from their relationship and was sad when that did not come to pass. Another thing that stuck out to me was the fact that Neddy was always craving a drink or some form of alcohol, maybe this also contributed to his misunderstanding of all of the things that had gone wrong in his life.

[2] https://loa-shared.s3.amazonaws.com/static/pdf/Cheever_Swimmer.pdf

September 8, 2019/The Swimmer vs. La Jetee

Immediately upon seeing the short film La Jetee I saw many things that could be used to make connections between The Swimmer and La Jetee. The first thing I would like to Discuss would be time travel, In La Jatee the story is set post war and is based on time travel. In the story there is a prisoner that is used as an experimental subject with time travel. in the short film he experiences a traumatic experience, he sees a man get killed. Eventually he discovers he will be executed by his jailers so he decides to travel to the past to see if he can find a woman that he had been intrigued by the entire story. Upon arriving to the past he discovers he has been followed by one of the jailers and is about to be killed, as he is dying he realizes that the man he witnessed passing away as a child was himself. I feel time travel can be used to tie the two stories together because Neddy traveled to his future in the pool however, there were many details that he missed due to wanting to block out the traumatic things he experienced while on the journey. I La Jatee the main character did not necessarily block the traumatic things that he experienced out however, he did not actually realize who played what roles in his own demise. Both min characters had a form of PTSD that basically made them forget the traumatic experiences that they had been through.

@Ambersmith5: I find it interesting to pull in the concept of PTSD into both stories, something I myself did not see under further evaluation of the film and story. This could add another note of science to the stories, and incorporate mental illness and their affects with the themes. Both characters did exhibit certain signs of PTSD, though I feel one flaw was just refusing to accept reality or to be more realistic with themselves, rather than crutching on mental illness. Tprouty93 (talk) 23:21, 22 September 2019 (EDT)

September 15,2019 The Gernsback Continuum

I was honestly very confused by this story. I liked the era this story was set in, but I had a hard time keeping up with exactly what time we were in. I enjoyed a lot of elements of this story even though it was hard to keep up with this story. The story I connected The Gernsback Continuum to was Blast from the Past (1999); with (Brendan Fraser) . The movies was set in the late 90's- early 2000's yet the main character had been living in an underground fallout shelter since the 60's so that is all he knew.

I believe as William Gibson was writing this story he did not necessarily want the audience to know exactly which era we were in at all times because though we know the story was written/set in 1981, a lot of sf authors want to take us to an alternate reality and in this story that meant going on a journey back to the 30's with our main character. The main character who was also a photographer had become so connected with his work that he eventually began to hallucinate and could not differentiate between what was real and what was not. Another thing that concealed the exact time period was the way eh described the people he came in contact with, there was a time he had discussed him visit to a mall and how he was shocked to see the way woman were dressed. Though their attire seemed normal for the 80's, he had become so connected to the 30's.

Ultimately he received great feed back on the work that he had done on the photo campaign but he had lost himself int the work. I believe that there was a message, we have to be connected to our work, but in the same breath sometimes we can get lost in our work and it can become unhealthy.

Comparison of two texts/ Sep 15,2019

Immediately after watching the Doctor Who episode, The first element of this story that could be compared to The Gernsback Continuum that I noticed was time travel. Both stories contained an element of main characters experiencing a different time and place and being overly connected in some way to their alternate reality. I feel that a lot of sf authors use the element of time travel because it is a very easy way to take people to another dimension that they are not used too. I also feel that time travel is probably one of the scariest things a person could experience because they are completely out of their element.

We are made to live in the time that we live in. today we are dependent on technology and certain elements of the time that we are currently in, so what would happen if you woke up 50 years ago and were not familiar with anything you see? These are some of the questions I asked myself during both these literary works. I would be terrified to have been born or taken to a time before my mother lived or before I had my cell phone!

@Ambersmith5: First, you must proofread. Secondly, you must use primary and secondary support. These two points are integral to success. —Grlucas (talk) 13:00, 16 September 2019 (EDT)
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