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Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible (or at least nonsupernatural) content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities. Exploring the consequences of scientific innovations is one purpose of science fiction, making it a "literature of ideas”. Continue reading in Culture Landmark 5.
Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC since 1963. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called "the Doctor", an extraterrestrial being, to all appearances human. The Doctor explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS. Its exterior appears as a blue British police box, which was a common sight in Britain in 1963 when the series first aired. Accompanied by a number of companions, the Doctor combats a variety of foes while working to save civilisations and help people in need.
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1. What did he predict in 1988?
2. What is the difference between "Science science" and "Science-fiction"?
3. Compare his predictions versus actual facts.
4. What did Mark Twain predict in 1898?
5. What prediction by Douglas Adams became a fact?
6. This device would be used as a (1) to store the galaxy’s (2) and .
7. Sci-Fi trivia: Siri, Can you open the pod bay doors please” is a quote [Original: “Open the pod bay doors, please, HAL”] extracted from (1) , and HAL 9000 is the “superior form of ” supposedly used by Arthur C. Clarke in his predictions.
8. The “Hugo award”, named after Hugo Gernsback, is...
9. When did Robert Heinlein predict screensavers?
10. In which novel did Ray Bradbury predict flat screen TVs?
11. Some of his 1964 predictions became true in 2014, other didn’t. Give examples.
NOTE: to express something that was considered the future at some point in the past, use “would”, not “will”.
Example: In 1980, people thought we would have flying cars.
a. Robots would still need improvement.
b. People would use (1) , but not (2) .
b. We (3) to drive our car ourselves (4) .
b. A robot (5) the surface of Mars (6) (= mission).
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12. Fill in the transcript
Philip K. Dick is a decidedly more (1) predictor of the future, but he too was often (2) . Maybe it’s not all sunshine and roses out there. Minority (3) Precogs had been related by some to modern efforts to use (4) in the (5) , Total Recall-level memory implantation is nowhere close to being real, but (6) in (7) suggest that (8) to (9) neurolinkage is not complete fiction. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? predicts a world full of (10) engineering and human-like (11) , and in A Scanner Darkly he predicted a level of high-tech (12) government surveillance that I think we wish wasn’t fiction. But I love the NSA, the NSA is my friend...’
13. What did he predict? Fill in the table
The (1) , automatic (2) doors (in 1899), the (3) in scary details and all the radioactive (4) (in 1914) down to the nuclear (5) involved, airborne warfare, (6) , (7) overpowering humans, (8) -materials, genetic (9) . He is called (10) "."
14. What is the common point between these Sci-Fi authors?
|Isaac Asimov||PhD in (1)|
|Arthur C. Clarke||Degrees in (2) and (3)|
|H.G. Wells||Degree in (4)|
15. According to Isaac Asimov, what separates science from humanity?
2001: A Space Odyssey
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
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1. What is SIRI?
2. What is Watson?
3. Can you list the Sci-Fi movies mentioned in the video? Have you seen some of them?
4. What is Gallifrey?
5. Who was Carl Sagan?