How science shapes science fiction

Published 2020
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Whether science fiction is exploring current realities, extrapolating from the present to create imaginary futures, or just creating interesting settings for character-driven stories, it often relies on real science to both entertain and build stories that can transport people into astonishing new worlds. In the 24 lectures, Professor Charles L. Adler of St. Mary's College of Maryland looks at dozens of books, movies, and television shows to unearth the science behind the fiction.

4 videodiscs (720 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook (ii, 194 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 19 cm).
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Course No. 2358.
Lecturer, Professor Charles L. Adler, St. Mary's College of Maryland.
In English; closed captioned.
disc 1. Science and fiction! the wayfarers series
Cheating the science: protector
Prediction: from the Earth to the moon
World-building in the Left hand of darkness
Advanced world-building in Avatar
Action and reaction in The Avengers
disc 2: Space travel and 2001: A space odyssey
Interplanetary travel and The Martian
Space battles and energy weapons: Star wars
Advanced rocket systems in Star trek
Relativity and time for the Stars
Black holes, wormholes, and Interstellar
disc 3: Time travel and Doctor Who
Teleportation and Star trek
Cyberspace and the singularity: Neuromancer
Steampunk science and Leviathan
Design your own dragon: Game of thrones
Planetary ecology in Dune
disc 4: Extraterrestrial intelligence and Contact
UFOs, ESP, and X-files
Social sciences and the Foundation series
Designed languages and Arrival
Cosmology, the mind, and Star maker
Science fiction's purpose: Childhood's end.
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