What topic dominated science fiction during its early days? (use references) What topics do you think dominate it in the 21st Century? Why?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

“Early days” is an ambiguous term, as is Science Fiction. But let us say Jules Verne represents “early days.” The Science fiction bonanza of the 1950s (Bradbury, A.E. Van Vogt, Isaac Asimov , etc.) features explorations into human psychology and whether there was such a thing as “human nature.”  ...

Unlock
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial

“Early days” is an ambiguous term, as is Science Fiction. But let us say Jules Verne represents “early days.” The Science fiction bonanza of the 1950s (Bradbury, A.E. Van Vogt, Isaac Asimov, etc.) features explorations into human psychology and whether there was such a thing as “human nature.”   Would the future, with its new horizons, change or acknowledge or justify human nature? While there was some discussion of technological advances (as in Clockwork Orange) the real subject was aleways what was meant by human nature. Today, technology having accelerated, the Science Fiction question is what new understandings about our world will manifest themselves? A fundamentally different exploration – not only of space exploration (Star Wars, etc.) but of technological alterations of our reality (think of Inception) -- takes over the Science Fiction imagination. There are few new “utopias” to explore, but many “dimensions” – I see SF stories following the String Theory, wormholes, etc. – movements through layer of time.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team