Author : Ms. Akanksha Johar 1
Date of Publication :2nd April 2021
Abstract: Since more than two decades, literature is interlaced with social traditions, religious belief and scientific inventions. The Sci-Fi genre reflects and prolifically contribute to such connections and inventions. Science Fiction and Fantasy works as a genre maintains a continuous stronghold on its readers' mind and offers them to escape into the world of imagination. Works of J.K. Rowling, H.G. Wells, Franz Kafa are one such example. Such genre provides the possibility of discovering and rethinking existing questions and situations with new answers, giving its readers scope to find new ways of seeing old things. Jules Verne's stories of journeying in the submarine to fight sea monsters and landing on the surface of the moon through a space cannon, or Rowling's mythical stories of witches and wizards and magic, imaginary plots and a school of magic; all have contributed significantly to the imagination of their time. At this juncture though science fiction was yet to take a more definite step and mould itself. In the 20th Century science fiction was taken to newer heights by Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein through their writing style the history of the future. C.S. Lewis combined imagination with scientific and religious imagery in his fantasy novels. This Research Paper endeavours to examine the detail about the popular Sci-Fi Genre in contemporary times and its impact on literature and society. Studying in detail the works of H.G. Wells and building a link and understanding of the difference between Science Fiction, Utopia, Dystopia, and Myth to understand Sci-Fi Fiction's popular genre is my primary focus in the paper.
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