Could mythology be considered a science or is it more of a sub-genre of theology?I just want to know if mythology could be used as a science to make a book more science fiction than fantasy.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of my favorite books is Kazuo Ishiguro's "An Artist of the Floating World."  Part of the reason I love this book is because of its title.  The artist in a world of their own creation that floats and morphs into different realities is something powerful to me because it represents everything that the artist can do.  In response to your question, of course, I can see an artist or author being able to use mythology to make a world more science fiction than fantasy.  I don't think that there are any hard set rules that forbid such a use.  In their own forms, I see a great deal of closeness in the lines between science fiction and fantasy.  Both are using elements of reality to create an alternate universe, or a type of critique of an existing one.  I don't think that there is much in way of hard analysis that forbids or prevents any such use.  I would answer to the original question that I consider mythology to be a sub genre or closely linked to theology.  That being said, an artist is able to combine realms or distinct divisions into their own form, as they are builders of a "floating world" that exists in their literature and creations.

Wiggin42 | Student

Mythology would bring a novel more towards fantasy than science fiction. Think about how works inspired by King Arthur and his court in Camelot (like the TV Show Merlin) are classified as fantasy. Works inspired by Greek mythology like the Percy Jackson series are also classified as fantasy. Science fiction can hint at mythology but cannot be based on mythology. 

sasoru | Student

Yes, very true indeed.

But some hinderance that could neglect a work's regconition.

eg. plagiarism (some ideas meets each other)

Quotation. ( creativity is knowing how to hide your sources)

Realistic research... that could hinder the thoughts, frustrating really.

Think minimalist, an idea of a story that starts grand can lead to the idea dying and cramped at the climax.


sasoru | Student

In my opinion, mythology is more of a sub-genre. Since mythology is interconnected by many other sections of thought such as Philosophy. Psychology as well, since they both study on mythology of why the people think so, create such stories etc. Also, I would say that for a book of science fiction, mythology would act as a minority than a majority. Mythology is better for science writing than a novel to be considered. Its best pairing can be either psychology or philosophy.

eg.  "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe." Albert Einstein's quote.

Here mythology could be adapted that supports the view of Einstein himself. Explaining of his own perspective.

And fantasy would be rather unreliable to use Mythology at its full potential.

I would suggest science writing. (eg. human nature)

Examples of this are some books:

- Human Nature

- Collected quotes of Albert einstein, or Gandhi's.

All of this requires thinking.

" Never stop questioning, curiosity has its own reason for existing."