here is the long-awaited fsfs newsletter VOL. 1 Number 1
welcome to the Fantasy and Science Fiction Society newsletter
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities. - Dr. Seuss
About this newsletter:
It is my desire to share with you all that is Science fiction and Fantasy. It is the genre I have loved since I was a kid. I may ask for editors and or articles from various writers on this website from time to time as a way of improving my knowledge and thereby yours at the same time.
What is science fiction and fantasy?
That’s simple, it is a type of fiction based on imagined or made-up future scientific or technological advances usually portraying life on other planets or space travel or some future time. But it is not the entire truth now, is it?
I don’t believe it is. In fact, that definition really scratches the surface. The truth is that science fiction can be and often is outside that definition. The plain truth is that without science fiction there wouldn’t be scientific facts. What do you feel about that?
Science fiction encompasses so many different things it really is almost impossible to put them inside one single definition.
What about Fantasy? Is that any different? Somewhat? Or not at all. You see fantasy is a genre of fiction that is set in an imaginary universe often inspired by real-world myth and legend.
It is quite simple to see that these two major genres leave a lot of wiggle room for fun and enjoyment but can be a handful if not done right.
Trends in modern science fiction and fantasy
It is obvious to me that there are some major misconceptions when it comes to the science fiction and the fantasy genre of literature, as well as the writing itself. Like about 60 to 65 years ago, science fiction fans cringed when writers who never wrote science fiction wrongly used sci-fi plots and devices in their writing outside of the genre. They were even more so disenfranchised when the critics heaped praises upon these writers who were completely ignorant of the whole body of science fiction where these ideas were made up.
In fact, there are still writers who believed that they themselves created literary ideas that have been commonplace in science fiction since the era of the 1920s and ’30s.
Don’t get me wrong, there are still writers who correctly and cleverly use the ideas in science fiction, even though they, themselves are outside the genre itself. However, clearly, this shows that the lines between mainstream literature and science-fiction are not only still being blurred today, but it is continuously evolving into something newer and more modern than it was in the past.
In fact, there are some, most notably the legendary editor of “Astounding Science Fiction” magazine, the late John W. Campbell in the glory days of early science fiction, like to argue that science fiction wasn’t a part of mainstream literature, but the reverse is entirely true. There is some truth to that. Most mainstream fiction seemed to only deal with the present or the historical past, while a science fiction story could be in any time, or even in anytime frame whatsoever.