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Should science fiction be considered serious literature?

  • Great past sci-if/horror literature

    Schools today study Frankenstein, Dracula, time machine, Lord of the Rings, 1984, etc. and the list goes on. The reason being, these stories are able to establish emotions within the reader, fright, empathy, etc. Writers of these great novels have set the standard for descriptive text and creating iconic characters that readers can cheer for. They help develop imagination using words. It is not a question as to should sci-if be considered serious literature, the question is why not?

  • Science Fiction Is Serious Literature

    For starters, if we’re going to throw Science Fiction on the pile of non-literature, based solely on the principle that it is exactly that “fictional”, then on that same pile we can toss half the works of many of our world’s most renowned and cherished authors. Shakespeare? Fairies and deities would certainly fall under the category of fictional literature don’t we think? Twain? Although with story lines based in a form of reality, the infamous works of “Samuel Clemens” are still fictional in their context. Science Fiction, like all literary works within the criteria of fictional, is literature, just written about things that might or might not be real. Just because a person doesn’t’ like to read about it, or doesn’t believe in any of the content, doesn’t serve as grounds for considering it “not literature”.

  • Yes, it most definitely is.

    Science fiction should be considered serious literature because it most definitely is. Consider Orwell's 1984, a depiction of life "in the future." It is one of the jobs of serious literature to stretch a reader's mind into considering a different point of view, or vision, and science fiction does that in huge ways.

  • Of course it should be.

    Yes, I think that science fiction should be considered serious literature. I think that what is great about fiction is that many works are stories that are not likely to happen in real life, allowing the reader to escape into another world. Science fiction is able to do this brilliantly, so it absolutely should be considered serious literature.

  • Yes, science fiction should be considered serious literature

    Yes, I believe that science fiction should be considered serious literature, and that science fiction has an important part in the literary community. Many great writers are the writers of science fiction, and science fiction provides readers which a rich array of story lines that fit into the lines of serious literature.

  • No it should not be

    Yes, science fiction should be considered serious literature

    Yes, I believe that science fiction should be considered serious literature, and that science fiction has an important part in the literary community. Many great writers are the writers of science fiction, and science fiction provides readers which a rich array of story lines that fit into the lines of serious literature.

  • Science fiction should not be considered serious literature.

    Science fiction should not be considered serious literature because it focuses on fantastical technology rather than characters and social issues. Science fiction is driven by over-the-top gimmicks which, although entertaining, are not topics for serious literary discussion. Genuine literature must be about people, their problems, and how they change to deel with them.

  • In the drawer with Kurt Vonnegut!

    Kurt Vonnegut commented on this in 1965:

    "I have been a sore-headed occupant of a file-drawer labeled ''science- fiction'' ever since, and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a tall white fixture in a comfort station. "
    https://sites.Google.Com/site/zscslaughterhousefive/reading-plan/week-4-science-fiction

    The truth is that science fiction is the only TRULY SERIOUS literature. All of the other stuff is pretentious garbage. We only live in the instantaneous now but all that really matters is to future and that is what REAL science fiction is about.

    The trouble is the field o science fiction has been invaded by garbage since the 70s. Star Wars is the most obvious culprit. Roger Ebert said it was not sci-fi in 1977 and even the producers called it Space Fantasy but today most people thin it is science fiction. But I am talking about the Hard Stuff. And Neuromancer is not it. Gibson has admitted that he didn't know anything about computers when he wrote it. In the early 90s he called science fiction the Golden Ghetto. There is money to be made writing stuff called science fiction because so many people will buy it even though they can't tell bad science from a scruffy nerf herder.

    Want some serious science fiction about computers? Read The Two Faces of Tomorrow by James P. Hogan. I haven't seen anyone all that serious literature. But it offers a decent chance of portraying the future. Hogan was in the drawer with Vonnegut.

    Http://www.Baenebooks.Com/chapters/0671878484/0671878484.Htm

    Science Fiction Rules - The Future!


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