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Science Fiction

Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Scope Note: Refers to the form of fiction established in the 20th century, though notable precursors were established in the 19th century, in reaction to the growing controversy over the impact of science on society and individuals. Generally, the term encompasses fiction that deals with fantasy with dominant elements of plausibility and deals with future conceptions of society that include the informed extrapolation of scientific principles as a legitimizing and directional component. Prominent examples in this genre from the 19th century include Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) and Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886); examples from the 20th century include works by Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Hugo Gernsback, and Isaac Asimov. Later in the 20th century, the elements of science fiction appear in works by Kurt Vonnegut, C.S. Lewis, and Ray Bradbury, featuring future scenarios of human society and the possible consequences of space travel and extraterrestrial life.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

John D. Clark Papers

Identifier: Ms-1988-058

This collection contains both the professional and personal papers of chemist and science fiction writer John D. Clark (1907-1988), including correspondence, drafts of scientific and science fiction publications, notes, unpublished typescript memoir, diaries (1923-1984), clippings, and photographs. Some material relates to Clark's work as chief chemist at Naval Air Rocket Test Station, Dover, N.J., later Liquid Rocket Propulsion Laboratory.

Dates: 1923 - 1988

Star Trek Script, The Man Trap

Identifier: Ms-2022-063
Abstract This collection contains an autographed copy of the script for Star Trek, The Man Trap, the first episode of the original Star Trek television series to be broadcast. The episode first aired in the United States on September 8, 1966. The screenplay was written by George Clayton Johnson, and this script is signed by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and actor James...
Dates: 1966