The Writing Styles Of 2 Prominent British Science Fiction Authors

"Science fiction is one of the more secluded parade grounds where private
fantasy and public event meet. They call it entertainment". (Aldiss Billion 1)
This quote is interpreted to mean that, in the genre of science fiction there is
a fusion of fantasy and reality. It is this combination of two opposites that
produces the novel categorized today as science fiction. There is one aspect of
science fiction that separates it from any other genre. Science fiction can be
written as fantasy one day, and read as scientific fact the next. Jules Verne
has written about man setting foot on the moon. When read by its original
readers the idea of space travel was not a reality. It is now common ...

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1920's. This word was first utilized in short
stories that appeared in the pulp magazines, of the era. The phrase "science
fiction" was considered an enhancement of the term scientifiction. However
several British novels were categorized as scientific romances before the 1920's.
(Aldiss Trillion 27) Before Frankenstein the only forms of science fiction were
"the plays of Aristophanes or some Myrenaean fragment concerning the flight to
the sun on a goose's back." (Aldiss Billion 2) In these fantasies there is no
blend of reality and fantasy, it is pure fantasy. There is no one story that
is accepted to be the first science fiction tale. Science fiction as perceived
today originated with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. (Aldiss Trillion 18)
Mary Shelley was the wife of the famous British poet, Percy Bysshe
Shelley and daughter of Mary Wollenstonecraft. She was born in 1797 and her
mother died soon after birth. Mary Wollenstonecraft married her husband at the
age of fifteen. ...

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main interest revolves around
Frankenstein's creation. The creature is never given a name, it was referred to
in the story as "creature," "daemon," or "monster." For this reason
Frankenstein has been thought to be the monster, when he was the creator.
One everlasting fascination of the novel are its ambiguities,
Frankenstein is never seen throwing the switch to give his creation life. The
language of the novel makes it very easy to confuse the two main roles and
believe that Frankenstein is the creature. Shelley also frequently describes
Victor Frankenstein as if he were the monster. "We… restored him to animation…
As soon as he showed signs of life we wrapped him up in ...

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