fiction is a genre of fiction that comes in the form of books, television
shows and movies that describe and base their plot and setting on places and
things that have or have not yet occurred or been invented. It justifies its
fictional contents by using rational. A common subject of science fiction is
the future, space travel, life on other planets, alien encounters and so on.
As far back as AD 170, Greek myths described people going to the moon, about
imaginary voyages and of meeting strange people in distant lands but such
tales did not really became popular until the 17th century around Europe.
Famous novels included ‘Gulliver’s travels'(1726) by Jonathon Swift and
‘Frankenstein'(1818) by Mary Shelly. Many such novels revolved their
(however far fetched plot) around the potentials of science. Further into
the 19th century, many authors such as Rudyard Kipling and Mark twain
created a number of science fiction titles, though by far one of the
greatest specialist in this area was Frenchman Jules Verne who wrote books
such as ‘Journey to the centre of the earth'1864, ‘From the earth to the
moon'(1865), ‘Off on a comet'(1877) and '20 000 leagues under the sea'
(1870). In modern science fiction; H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, and Isaac
Asimov (along with
countless other authors) contributed enormously to the development of the
public’s thoughts and imagination of science.
In the consequent advent of television, science fiction also
become popular in the film industry where film makers sometimes focused on
weird, wonderful, unnatural and bizarre creatures revolving around the lives
of humans. Some famous films include ‘King Kong'(1933), ‘The time machine'
(1960), ‘Close encounters of the third kind'(1977), 2001 space odyssey
(1968), ‘ET'(1972), ‘The terminator'(1982), ‘Star wars'(1977) and Star
Trek.. What helped boost the science fiction genre was the explosion of the
nuclear bomb and the first successful moon landing which, even though was
the subject of countless books in the past, was ridiculed by critics as
being ‘purely fictional? This criticism became sparse as even more
scientific feats like this were achieved.