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Science Fiction Gets Social

Today at Kirkus Review Blog, I’ve got the beginning of a 3-part article on Social Science Fiction.

One of the characteristics of great literature is that it says something meaningful about life. Science fiction does that, too, except that the perspective is usually seen from an outsider’s viewpoint and is often focused on society in general. Being fond of sub-categorizing as we are, science fiction fans call such fiction “social science fiction”, and it’s concerned less with the tropes usually associated with sf (like spaceships and technology) and more concerned with human activities and how people interact in groups. Or, to tie it back to the “science” label, it’s concerned with “soft” sciences like sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science, theology, linguistics, cultural studies and more.

Let’s take a closer look at social science fiction.

Check out Science Fiction Gets Social (Part 1)

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About John DeNardo (13012 Articles)
John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.
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