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Science Fiction

Here’s Why Science-Fiction Is the Closest Genre to Non-Fiction

From looking up from my phone and seeing everyone else looking down at theirs, hearing about people cloning their cats and inviting robots into their houses (yes, Alexa counts), to the staring I direct toward trendy commuters on their solowheels, living in a metropolitan setting can weird me out sometimes.

 

When I come across these futuristic gadgets and hear about the rise of artificial intelligence I’m like “yeah, cool, I’m enlightened,” but I also feel a weird sense of sadness for the things that will eventually become obsolete. That being said ,I absolutely am a faithful consumer to the industries speeding up this change. I let my phone listen to my conversations. I sometimes even click into the suggestive advertisements that flood my web browser. I only learned how to go incognito on Chrome this week..

 

Sometimes, I feel like this guy:

 

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Science fiction authors intersect each other across numerous, fields take horror and fantasy for instance, and have made some astoundingly accurate predictions about the future of technology, and the societies that make use of it. The truth is, its really easy to write bad sci-fi, but the following visionaries have either predicted a technological future or helped formulate a language commonly used in our modern world. Orwell’s “Big Brother is watching you” would be a well known example. All it really takes to make something come into being is to think of it first, maybe it gets written down, maybe it doesn’t. Eventually, its possibility will become a reality, so be conscious of your thoughts out there!

 

Here are five well known science fiction novels that changed the future:

 

1. Brave New World by Adolus Huxely 

 

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I’m not going to say we are all living in Brave New World‘s nightmare future, but I will say there are some concerns I have about its relevance to twenty-first century society. Huxely created a futuristic universe in this 1931 novel written in the shadows of WWI, the Wall Street Crash and the deadly flu virus pandemic of 1918. Eighty-seven years later, the novel is extremely relevant to our society. Huxely’s idea of the helpless masses is still a common theme in pop culture. Films and TV shows, some of which are book adaptations including The Handmaiden’s Tale, The Hunger Games, Black Mirror and Utopia demonstrate this and follow stories about those who have little say in their society, who are at the mercy of an all-powerful leader. Huxley’s view of the future was very different from that of George Orwell, who, in 1948, wrote the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. While Orwell’s dystopia was based on oppression through fear, the earlier Brave New World offered a blueprint for a society controlled by enforced happiness. 

 

 

 

2. 1984 by George Orwell

 

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A dystopian classic, Nineteen Eighty-Four describes a three superstates called Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia,  whose inhabitants are under the surveillance of the omnipresent government. Orwell, who was born in 1901 and wrote this novel in 1948, survived two world wars, and was witness to the rise of totalitarian regimes on an unprecedented scale. These states appear in the novel to have emerged from post World War II nuclear warfare and civil disintegration in the two decades following the war.

 

Ron Charles, writing for the Washington Post brings us back to “a widely quoted letter” written in 1944 by Orwell who spoke of “the horrors of emotional nationalism, and a tendency to disbelieve in the existence of objective truth.” He continues, “already a universally accepted history has ceased to exist, and the exact sciences are endangered.”” Related to this are Charles’s comments on climate change, and the most recent American inauguration. He says “Donald Trump had the contention that his inauguration drew the ‘largest audience ever,’ despite a web-full of photographic evidence to the contrary.” In response to Trump’s comments, the Twittersphere respondedwith allusions to 1984 and Penguin announced plans for a 75,000 copy reprint, noting that since the inauguration, sales for the novel have increased by 9,500.%. 

 

 

3. Lovestar by Andri Snaer Magnason

 

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A more recent addition to the list is Icelandic author Andri Snaer Magnason’s 2004 publication of Lovestar. The author’s imagination seems to be endless and this book is an insightful satirization of the modern world and the social commentary surrounding it. Lovestar is predominantly about a society controlled by a corporation of the same name, whose founder has discovered how to transmit data via birdwaves which then freed society from wires and in turn created cordless modern men and women who are controlled by algorithmic data which is being collected constantly. Regret machines are there to eliminate doubts, children can be reprogrammed if they’re badly behaved or aren’t getting good grades and lovers are brought together and torn apart by calculation systems.

 

The novel’s ideas about advertising and consumerism in general are where comparisons to present society are most easily drawn, as humans are paid and/or pre-programmed to shout advertisements at one another or more suspiciously, over the course of a fake friendship sponsored entirely by companies who wish to advertise. The main characters of the novel are the scientist Lovestar, and two lovers who are calculated apart, Indridi and Sigrid. Their mission throughout the novel is to prove their love is real, in a world where consumerism, technology and science control all aspects of life.

 

 

4. Neuromancer by William Gibson

 

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Sci-fi writer Jack Womack once said “What if the act of writing it down, in fact, brought it about?” William Gibson’s classic 1984 novel Neuromancer is widely accepted as an indirect influence in the development of the internet and one of the twentieth century’s most potent visions of the future. This is because its prose brings the reader through a number of ideas relating to humankind’s digital future. 

 

The internet could be said to be the biggest change modern in the way humans experience the world. Never before has there been so much economic and social potential from the mass connectivity the service offers, so the thought that this novel provoked such an invention is mind-boggling. It popularized the cyberpunk sub-genre that developed in its wake, as it was a truly exciting read in which most of the action takes place in the then new, grey area of cyber-space. The protagonist, having received a modification surgery to reroute his nervous system, is hooked up to a matrix with a mission to hack into the artificial intelligence that orbits the earth. The first story of a glorified, anti-establishment hacker, some might say.

 

 

 

5. The Island Of Doctor Moreau by H.G Wells

 

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This novel explores the theme of humans playing God by tinkering with nature. From Leopard-Man and Fox-Bear Witch being created by slightly insane doctor Moreau in human-animal hybrid experiments, the age of genetic engineering that we are currently setting sail into is of utmost relevance to this piece of science fiction written in 1896. H.G. Wells was truly a visionary of the future and a commentator on the topic of human interference with nature. Although modern medicine has shown that animals lack the necessary brain structure to emulate human faculties such as speech, still in the last few years people have survived surgeries in which pig heart valves are used to replace theirs. Things are certainly gonna get whackier. It’s no surprise that this novel spawned the inspiration for so many more pieces of literature and film.

 

 

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Alert, ‘Jurassic Park’ Fans! These 5 Books Prove That Life Uh Finds a Way

25 years later, the line “spared no expense” still frequents family dinners at my kitchen table. If my sister and I watch our chihuahua Lucy walk by, one of us (me) usually looks at the other and says, “They move in herds, they do move in herds.” All right fine, so maybe you don’t do that…but if you grew up playing with plastic dinosaurs of every species and watching Jurassic Park on the couch with your family, then you know it may be the best adaptation of all time. Many consider it better than Michael Crichton’s original novel.

 

This year marks the 25th year since the movie’s release and I still can’t get enough. The books are fantastic and completely broke new ground for science fiction back in the 1990s. If you haven’t read ’em, do it. The movie was so excellently done with CGI technology that wasn’t as widely used then as it is now. Spielberg knew what he was doing. This idea of chaos and losing control over something that was never ours to begin with is a powerful theme. But if you simply enjoy science fiction (me), dinosaurs (also me), and the idea of making the impossible possible, then these next five books should be to your liking.

 

1. The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

 

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A classic and magical tale about the discovery of prehistoric species, Doyle’s book is a necessary part of anyone’s book collection. It’s enlightening, full of imagination, and full of suspense, as we follow a paleontologist’s wild adventures amongst the dinosaurs.

 

2. Footprints of Thunder by James F. David 

 

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This clash of time and space will send you into another dimension, literally. It’s not The Twilight Zone, but it sure feels like it when the 20th century is torn apart by dinosaurs. Cities become jungles and people become the prey. When the unstable president is then faced with controlling the chaos, it seems like a fight for survival in the Cretaceous period. Sound crazy? It is.

 

3. Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge 

 

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Not dinosaurs, but just as frightening and out of control. A young biologist begins to witness an increase of animal attacks on people that seem eerily planned and coordinated. A horrific lion attack pushes him to seek the help of an ecologist to help warn leaders of the deadly attacks that seem to be plaguing more areas. This thriller will send you over the edge with every ounce of chaos.

 

4. Dinosaur Planet by Anne McCaffrey 

 

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When a team flies to planet Ireta, they only plan to collect natural resources, document the land, and leave. When their ship disappears, though, they’re left to battle the foreign creatures, monsters, and dinosaurs that inhabit the planet. When the crew begin to wonder about their surroundings, they soon question the future they always imagined.

 

5. Hunger by William R. Dantz 

 

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This is actually one of my biggest fears. This novel follows the horror of six, full-grown, genetically-altered sharks that escape the sea and research institute and release hell on the Florida Keys. With more teeth, muscle, higher jumps, and a greater appetite than the average great white, this can’t end well. Watch what lurks below the surface.

 

Happy reading, humans.

 

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Quiz: Choose a Cat and We’ll Tell You Which Genre You Are

Admit it, every time you walk into Barnes and Nobles and peruse through Amazon Prime there are typical genres you have in mind. From steamy romances to unnerving horror stories, readers have their preferences and said preferences says something about them.

 

What better way to find out the genre you stand for than through these incredibly adorable, somewhat intimidating, and forever furry felines! Choose the feline you’re drawn to and find out your fate!

 

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“The Martian” Author Andy Weir Announces New Book

Six years after his self-published Sci-Fi novel became an unexpected hit (and spurred a movie adaptation with Matt Damon), “The Martian” author Andy Weir has announced that his long-awaited follow-up, Artemis, will be released on November 14.

 

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As with “The Martian,” most of this novel’s action occurs outside of Earth — the moon, to be precise. There, the city called Artemis is populated by the haves, who have most things, and have-nots like Jasmine Bashara, a young woman struggling to survive as a smuggler. An opportunity to commit the perfect crime, however, envelops Jasmine in a struggle for power over the city.

 

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After the critical and financial success of ”The Martian” film, 20th Century Fox has already acquired the rights to “Artemis.” Meanwhile, Weir is working with CBS on a pilot called “Mission Control” centered on the lives of NASA’s ground team.

 

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10 Books Coming to the Silver Screen in 2018

2018 is set to be a killer year for book adaptions for the big screen. We’re anticipating adaptations of everything from children’s classics to classic horror, and some of the biggest names in the business starring in them! Whether you’re a Beatrix Potter fan, an E.L James Stan, a YA lover, or a Vonnegut connoisseur, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten page-to-screen extravaganzas to look out for next year. 

 

1. Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

 

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This classic tale follows the adventures of Potter’s most famous mischievous rabbit. Fans of the beautiful original illustrations will be interested to see how these translate to 3D animation when the film is released on February 9th. It will star James Corden voicing the titular role, alongside big names such as Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie.

 

2. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

 

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For those looking for something a little racier than Peter Rabbit, also coming out on February 9th is the final installment of E.L James’s hit Fifty Shades series, once again starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. This Danny Elfman scored flick follows Ana and Christian who are now married, and the outside forces threatening Ana’s life.

 

3. Maze Runner: The Death Cure by James Dashner

 

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The third installment of Dashner’s dystopian trilogy will be hitting screens on February 17th, a year later than planned after star Dylan O’Brien sustained injuries working on set in Vancouver. This story follows Thomas and the Gladers as they fight to find a cure for the disease which has wiped out most of the world’s population. Alongside O’Brien will star Kaya Scoldelario, Thomas Brody-Sangster and Aiden Gillen.

 

4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

 

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Sci-Fi nuts will love this adaptation of L’Engle’s 1962 novel about life and death, good and evil, and time travel. The star-studded cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah Winfrey, and you can expect to see all of their lovely faces on March 9th. 

 

5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

 

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Another one for Sci-Fi fans is this Spielberg adaptation of Cline’s 2011 novel. Coming out on March 30th, the movie starring Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, and Olivia Cooke follows the struggle in the year 2044 to find an Easter Egg left behind by the head of an MMO, the finder of which will inherit a fortune.

 

6. The Invisible Man by H.G Wells

 

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This classic horror, set for release on April 13th, follows a mad scientist who makes himself invisible. It is not yet known if the upcoming movie, starring Johnny Depp, will stick more closely to the original novel than the 1933 version (which featured some major differences in plot), or if it will just be a modern remake. The Invisible Man is set to be the second installment of Universal Pictures’ Universal Monsters series, which began with The Mummy (2017) and will be followed by The Bride of Frankenstein (2019)

 

7. Meg by Steven Alten

 

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What’s a year in cinema without a killer shark movie? Steve Alten’s novel about a megalodon, a prehistoric shark and the largest sea predator to ever exist, will be chomping its way to a screen near you in August 2018. The story follows paleontologist Jonas Taylor, the survivor of a megalodon attack, and his attempts to prove the beast still exists. Ruby Rose and Jason Statham are set to star.

 

8. Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut

 

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Calling all Vonnegut fans! You can expect to see his novel Bluebeard coming to the big screen on October 29th. Little else is known about this project as yet, but we’re super excited to see who will star as Vonnegut’s reclusive painter protagonist Rabo Karabekian! 

 

9. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

 

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The New York Times touted this YA book as perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, and judging by how well TFIOS did at the box office, we’re guessing this tale of two teens helping each other through their respective problems will be a hit. Set to star Elle Fanning in the role of Violet, a teen struggling with the death of her sister, the film will be released on an undisclosed date in 2018. 

 

10. Ophelia by Lisa Klein

 

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Shakespeare fans can look forward to Klein’s retelling of the classic story of Hamlet from the point of view of Ophelia, which will hit screens on an as-yet unknown date in 2018. The cast includes Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen and Tom Felton as Shakespeare’s classic characters battling for love and revenge in the kingdom of Elisnore.

 

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