Introduction
Science Fiction in Literature
On the Big Screen
On the Radio
On Television
Summary Tables
A Brief History of Time (Travel)
1. Time Travel - Time as a philosophical concept
a. Time as a straight line
b. Time as a wheel
c. Time as the fourth dimension in a four-dimensional universe ("Block Universe")
d. Time as an integral part of the Space-Time Continuum (according to Einstein's Theory of Relativity(
2. The basic concepts; a historical review
a. Contradiction and Consistency
b. Causality
3. Back to the past or back to the future? Some scientific approaches
a. Is there a difference?
b. Are the following possible ways of traveling through time?
4. The Paradoxes
Introduction
The "Freebie" Paradox
The Butterfly Effect
The Billiard Ball Paradox
The Gemini Paradox
The Grandfather Paradox
5. So how does it really work?
6. Time Travel Scenarios in literature, cinema and TV
a. Time Travel - Single Destination, Return Trip
b. The Multiverse
c. The Causality Loop
d. Alternate Histories
e. Flatland
Summary
Literary and Cinematic Examples
TV Examples
Annex A: The case of John Titor
Annex B: The Time Traveler's (beginners) Guide
The Mythological Hero in Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Introduction
1. Male Heroes
a. The Hero
Summary
b. The Dark Lord
2. Female Heroes
a. A historical Overview
b. Are womanhood and motherhood obstacles on the Heroin's Journey?
c. Comparative Analysis
d. How to become a Campbellian Mythological Heroine
3. Child Heroes
The definitions
The place of the child in society - a historical review
a. The Victorian Era
b. Between the wars
c. The modern era and the influence of the changes in the place of women on the place of children in society
1. Singles (boys or girls)
2. Groups
d. As seen on TV and in the Movies
4. Mythological Heroes (or not...)
New World Order: Society, Politics, Law and International Relations in Science Fiction
Introduction
Part A: Society
a. The crews as microcosms of society
b. The Women
c. The Social Outcasts
d. Homosexuality and Lesbianism
e. Inter-Racial Relationships
Part B: Forms of Government
a. Democracies
b. Dictatorships
c. Utopias/Dystopias
d. Other Forms
Part C: Politics and International Relations
a. Overview
b. Treaties and Conventions
Part D: Law and Order through Time and Space
a. Traditional ways of settling legal disputes and reaching verdicts
b. About the contemporary legal system
c. Examples of contemporary Legal Dilemmas
Protection of Privacy
Genetic Engineering/Cloning
Freedom of Information
d. About the futuristic legal system
The Prime Directive
Time Travel and Time Machines
Birth Control
Genetic Engineering
The use of Telepathy and Telekinesis
Criminal Law
Nanotechnology
Cryonics
Definition and Rights of Intelligent Life
Laws of Robotics
Corporate Laws
The Internet and Control of Information
Election Laws and Procedures
Annex 1: List of Peoples and Societies
Annex 2: List of Legal Cases
Annex 3: Bibliography (Partial)
Conspiracy Theories: Invasions, Abductions and Aliens
Overview
Conspiracy 1: We are not Alone... Or are we?
Conspiracy 2: Invasions, Abductions, Crop Circles etc'...
Conspiracy 3: Roswell
Conspiracy 4: The Lunar Landing
Conspiracy 5: Dead Presidents
Conspiracy 6: Nostradamus and 9/11
Annex 1: Lost in translation, or: So how do all those Aliens speak the King's English?
A. Math and Science
B. Music
C. The Universal Translator
D. Gibberish
E. Inventing a language
F. The theory of common origin
G. The Learning Process
Conclusion
Annex 2: So what do they really look like?
We have the Technology
Introduction
1. Space Travel
a. Definitions
1. Hyperspace, Warp Speed, FTL
2. Stable Wormholes
3. Black Holes
a. What is a Black Hole?
b. Historical Overview
c. Scientific Overview
d. Mathematical Overview
e. Can they be discovered?
f. So where are they?
b. Means and methods of space travel
Hyper Space
Wormhole
Slipstream
Generations Ship
Solar Sails
Space Elevator
2. Computers, Networks and AI; the "Brain in a Jar"
1. So what are we really afraid of?
2. Man Vs. Machine or Man and Machine?
3. VR - Science or Science Fiction?
3. Robotics and Cybernetics
1. Common Terminology
2. Man-Machine Interface
3. On Robots, Cyborgs and Androids
4. Genetics and Genetic Manipulation or the Mad Scientist
Introduction
The Scenarios
1. Cloning and Cross-Breeding Scenarios
a. Human to Hunan
b. Human to non-Human
2. Homo Gestalt Scenarios
3. Human and Super Human: Genetically Engineered Soldiers Scenarios
4. From the Golem to Frankenstein: Mad Scientist Scenarios
a. The Rude Awakening
b. The Savior of Humanity
c. The Creator Against the Creature
d. The Island of Dr. Moreau
e. The Jurassic Park Scenario
5. (Not) Identical Twins: Twins Scenarios
a. Good Twin-Bad Twin
b. Inseparable Twins
c. Lost Twin
6. The fine line between Mad and Genius: Dr. Mabuse
Summary
Annexes
Cyberpunk
What is Cyberpunk?
What does Cyberpunk Include?
Social Themes
1. Post-Humanism
2. Post-industrialism
3.Post Nationalism
Technological Themes
Cyberpunk in Cinema and TV
Escape from New York
Blade Runner
Tron
Videodrome
Terminator
Max Headroom
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
Robocop
Predator
Batman
La Femme Nikita
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Sneakers
Nemesis
Wild Palms
Crow, the
Leon
La Cite des Enfants Perdus
Strange Days
Crow: City of Angels, the
Escape From Los Angeles
Dark City
Matrix
Unbreakable
One, the
Equilibrium
Hardwired
Surrogates, the
Cyberpunk in Literature
Summary
The Dream as a Literary Device
Introduction
The Dream - a Historical Review
1. The Ancient World:
The Assyrians
The Babylonians
The Persians
The Egyptians
The Hindus
The Chinese
The Native Americans from the North to the South
2. In Greek Philosophy:
3. Old testament and Judaism
Abimelech's Dream, Genesis 20
The first dream of Jacob, Genesis 28
The second dream of Jacob, Genesis 31
Joseph's dreams. Genesis 36
The dreams of the chief baker and the chief butler, Genesis 40
Pharaoh dreams. Genesis 41
Gideon's dream, Judges 7
King Solomon's dream, 1 Kings 3
4. Islam
5. Christianity
6. Modern Psychology:
The Dream and its Interpretation - 3 approaches
1. The Scientific - Physiological approach
2. The Psychological approach
3. The Metaphysical - Para psychological approach
a. On dreaming and sleep
b. The Prophetic Dream
c. Daydreaming and Deja Vu
d. Mutual and Concurrent Dreaming
e. "I dreamt I wad dead and when I woke up I realized I was"
Different uses for dreams
1. The dream as a tool in the fantastic story
2. The dream as a bridge to an alternate reality - Forever in a Day
3. The Dream as a Deus Ex Machina
4. The philosopher's viewpoint: Or is it a dream?
5. The dream as a cautionary tale
6. The Sandman
Thefearh Factor: On Vampires, Werewolves and other beasts - Urban Myths
Introduction
1. Vampires do not die, they can only be replaced, or from Dracula and Nosferatu to Blade Via Anne Rice Vs. Stephen King
2. The Human Animal
3. Freddie Vs. Jason and Vice Versa plus Michael Meyers
4. Other Monsters
Futurism: Modern Times?
Introduction
Social Forecasting
Technological Forecasting
Methodologies
Four Trends in Futurism
Time Scales
Technological Singularity
Futurism and Science Fiction
Summary
Mythology; Old Myths, New Worlds
Introduction
1. The Myth before the Myth: the One Story
a. Reconstructing the Myth
Greek Tragedy
Romanmythology/History
Finnishmythology
Persianmythology
Englishmythology (1)
Englishmythology (2)
Danishmythology
Hamlet
b. Deconstructing the Myth
1. Background
2. History and Myth
3. Social Structure
a. The crews as microcosms of society
b. The Women
c. The Social Outcasts
d. Homosexuality and Lesbianism
e. Inter-Racial Relationships
4. Forms of Government
a. Democracies
b. Dictatorships
c. Utopias/Dystopias
d. Other Forms
5. Politics and International Relations
a. Overview
b. Treaties and Conventions
6. Law and Order through Space and Time
a. Traditional ways of settling legal disputes and reaching verdicts
b. About the contemporary legal system
c. Examples of contemporary Legal Dilemmas
Protection of Privacy
Genetic Engineering/Cloning
Freedom of Information
d. About the futuristic legal system
The Prime Directive
Time Travel and Time Machines
Birth Control
Genetic Engineering
The use of Telepathy and Telekinesis
Criminal Law
Nanotechnology
Cryonics
Definition and Rights of Intelligent Life
Laws of Robotics
Corporate Laws
The Internet and the Control of Information
Election Laws and Procedures
7. Technology
Summary
2. Myths based in reality
a. Lost Worlds
1. Lost Worlds and their characteristics
2. the Hollow Earth
Annex: So I made it to a Lost World...
b. Lost Cities
Atlantis
El Dorado
Avalon
Shangri La
Tarn Vedra
c. King Arthur
d. The Bermuda Triangle
e. Tunguska
Annex: How to deal with an Impact Event
3. New Myths
Star Trek
Introduction
1. Background
2. History and Myth
a. The Myth before the Myth: The Original Series and Beyond
3. Society
a. The crews as microcosms of society
b. The Women
c. The Social Outcasts
d. Homosexuality and Lesbianism
e. Inter-Racial Relationships
4. Forms of Government
a. Democracies
b. Dictatorships
c. Utopias/Dystopias
d. Other Forms
5. Politics and International Relations
a. Overview
b. Treaties and Conventions
6. Law and Order through Time and Space
a. Traditional ways of settling legal disputes and reaching verdicts
b. About the contemporary legal system
c. Examples of contemporary Legal Dilemmas
Protection of Privacy
Genetic Engineering/Cloning
Freedom of Information
d. About the futuristic legal system
The Prime Directive
Time Travel and Time Machines
Birth Control
Genetic Engineering
The use of Telepathy and Telekinesis
Criminal Law
Nanotechnology
Cryonics
Definition and Rights of Intelligent Life
Laws of Robotics
Corporate Laws
The Internet and Control of Information
Election Laws and Procedures
7. Technology
Summary
Tolkien
Introduction
1. Background
Tolkien and C. S. Lewis
Tolkien and Lewis Carroll
Tolkien and the Kalevala
Tolkien and Beowulf
Tolkien and the Nibelungenlied
Tolkien and King Arthur
2. History and Myth
a. The Myth before the Myth: the One Ring
b. On Elves, Dwarves etc'.
3. Social Structure
a. The crews as microcosms of society
b. The Women
c. The Social Outcasts
d. Homosexuality and Lesbianism
e. Inter-Racial Relationships
4. Forms of Government
a. Democracies
b. Dictatorships
c. Utopias/Dystopias
d. Other Forms
5. Politics and International Relations
a. Overview
b. Treaties and Conventions
6. Law and Order through Space and Time
a. Traditional ways of settling legal disputes and reaching verdicts
b. About the contemporary legal system
c. Examples of contemporary Legal Dilemmas
Protection of Privacy
Genetic Engineering/Cloning
Freedom of Information
d. About the futuristic legal system
The Prime Directive
Time Travel and Time Machines
Birth Control
Genetic Engineering
The use of Telepathy and Telekinesis
Criminal Law
Nanotechnology
Cryonics
Definition and Rights of Intelligent Life
Laws of Robotics
Corporate Laws
The Internet and the Control of Information
Election Laws and Procedures
7. Technology
Summary
Asimov
Introduction
1. Background
2. History and Myth
a. The Myth Before the Myth: the Foundation and the Second Foundation
3. Social Structure
a. The crews as microcosms of society
b. The Women
c. The Social Outcasts
d. Homosexuality and Lesbianism
e. Inter-Racial Relationships
4. Forms of Government
a. Democracies
b. Dictatorships
c. Utopias/Dystopias
d. Other Forms
5. Politics and International Relations
a. Overview
b. Treaties and Conventions
6. Law and Order through Space and Time
a. Traditional ways of settling legal disputes and reaching verdicts
b. About the contemporary legal system
c. Examples of contemporary Legal Dilemmas
Protection of Privacy
Genetic Engineering/Cloning
Freedom of Information
d. About the futuristic legal system
The Prime Directive
Time Travel and Time Machines
Birth Control
Genetic Engineering
The use of Telepathy and Telekinesis
Criminal Law
Nanotechnology
Cryonics
Definition and Rights of Intelligent Life
Laws of Robotics
Corporate Laws
The Internet and the Control of Information
Election Laws and Procedures
7. Technology
1. Robotics and Computerization:
a. On Robotics
b. On Data
c. On Artificial Intelligence
2. Miniaturization:
3. Control of Information:
4. Overpopulation:
Summary
Dune
Introduction
1. Background
Ecology
Economy
2. History and Myth
a. The Myth before the Myth: the Butlerian Jihad
3. Social Structure
a. The crews as microcosms of society
b. The Women
c. The Social Outcasts
d. Homosexuality and Lesbianism
e. Inter-Racial Relationships
4. Forms of Government
a. Democracies
b. Dictatorships
c. Utopias/Dystopias
d. Other Forms
5. Politics and International Relations
a. Overview
b. Treaties and Conventions
6. Law and Order through Space and Time
a. Traditional ways of settling legal disputes and reaching verdicts
b. About the contemporary legal system
c. Examples of contemporary Legal Dilemmas
Protection of Privacy
Genetic Engineering/Cloning
Freedom of Information
d. About the futuristic legal system
The Prime Directive
Time Travel and Time Machines
Birth Control
Genetic Engineering
The use of Telepathy and Telekinesis
Criminal Law
Nanotechnology
Cryonics
Definition and Rights of Intelligent Life
Laws of Robotics
Corporate Laws
The Internet and the Control of Information
7. Technology
Summary
Star Wars
Introduction
1. Background
2. History and Myth
a. The Myth before the Myth: a long time ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away...
3. Social Structure
a. The crews as microcosms of society
b. The Women
c. The Social Outcasts
d. Homosexuality and Lesbianism
e. Inter-Racial Relationships
4. Forms of Government
a. Democracies
b. Dictatorships
c. Utopias/Dystopias
d. Other Forms
5. Politics and International Relations
a. Overview
b. Treaties and Conventions
6. Law and Order through Space and Time
a. Traditional ways of settling legal disputes and reaching verdicts
b. About the contemporary legal system
c. Examples of contemporary Legal Dilemmas
Protection of Privacy
Genetic Engineering/Cloning
Freedom of Information
d. About the futuristic legal system
The Prime Directive
Time Travel and Time Machines
Birth Control
Genetic Engineering
The use of Telepathy and Telekinesis
Criminal Law
Nanotechnology
Cryonics
Definition and Rights of Intelligent Life
Laws of Robotics
Corporate Laws
The Internet and the Control of Information
Election Laws and Procedures
7. Technology
Summary
Babylon 5+Crusade
Introduction
1. Background
2. History and Myth
a. The Myth before the Myth: the First Shadows War and the One Who Was
3. Social Structure
a. The crews as microcosms of society
b. The Women
c. The Social Outcasts
d. Homosexuality and Lesbianism
e. Inter-Racial Relationships
4. Forms of Government
a. Democracies
b. Dictatorships
c. Utopias/Dystopias
d. Other Forms
5. Politics and International Relations
a. Overview
b. Treaties and Conventions
6. Law and Order through Space and Time
a. Traditional ways of settling legal disputes and reaching verdicts
b. About the contemporary legal system
c. Examples of contemporary Legal Dilemmas
Protection of Privacy
Genetic Engineering/Cloning
Freedom of Information
d. About the futuristic legal system
The Prime Directive
Time Travel and Time Machines
Birth Control
Genetic Engineering
The use of Telepathy and Telekinesis
Criminal Law
Nanotechnology
Cryonics
Definition and Rights of Intelligent Life
Laws of Robotics
Corporate Laws
The Internet and the Control of Information
Election Laws and Procedures
7. Technology
Summary
Stargate
Introduction
1. Background
2. History and Myth
a. The Myth before the Myth: The alliance of the four great races
3. Social Structure
a. The crews as microcosms of society
b. The Women
c. The Social Outcasts
d. Homosexuality and Lesbianism
e. Inter-Racial Relationships
4. Forms of Government
a. Democracies
b. Dictatorships
c. Utopias/Dystopias
d. Other Forms
5. Politics and International Relations
a. Overview
b. Treaties and Conventions
6. Law and Order through Space and Time
a. Traditional ways of settling legal disputes and reaching verdicts
b. About the contemporary legal system
c. Examples of contemporary Legal Dilemmas
Protection of Privacy
Genetic Engineering/Cloning
Freedom of Information
d. About the futuristic legal system
The Prime Directive
Time Travel and Time Machines
Birth Control
Genetic Engineering
The use of Telepathy and Telekinesis
Criminal Law
Nanotechnology
Cryonics
Definition and Rights of Intelligent Life
Laws of Robotics
Corporate Laws
The Internet and the Control of Information
Election Laws and Procedures
7. Technology
Summary
Matrix
Introduction
1. Background
2. History and Myth
a. The Myth before the Myth: the History of the Matrix
b. The Matrix in Judaism and Christianity
3. Social Structure
a. The crews as microcosms of society
b. The Women
c. The Social Outcasts
d. Homosexuality and Lesbianism
e. Inter-Racial Relationships
4. Forms of Government
a. Democracies
b. Dictatorships
c. Utopias/Dystopias
d. Other Forms
5. Politics and International Relations
a. Overview
b. Treaties and Conventions
6. Law and Order through Space and Time
a. Traditional ways of settling legal disputes and reaching verdicts
b. About the contemporary legal system
c. Examples of contemporary Legal Dilemmas
Protection of Privacy
Genetic Engineering/Cloning
Freedom of Information
d. About the futuristic legal system
The Prime Directive
Time Travel and Time Machines
Birth Control
Genetic Engineering
The use of Telepathy and Telekinesis
Criminal Law
Nanotechnology
Cryonics
Definition and Rights of Intelligent Life
Laws of Robotics
Corporate Laws
The Internet and the Control of Information
Election Laws and Procedures
7. Technology
Summary
Ender
Introduction
1. Background
2. History and Myth
a. The Myth before the Myth: the First Invasion
b. On War and Peace
c. On the use of Pinocchio in discussing free will and life in Cyberspace
3. Social Structure
a. The crews as microcosms of society
b. The Women
c. The Social Outcasts
d. Homosexuality and Lesbianism
e. Inter-Racial Relationships
4. Forms of Government
a. Democracies
b. Dictatorships
c. Utopias/Dystopias
d. Other Forms
5. Politics and International Relations
a. Overview
b. Treaties and Conventions
6. Law and Order through Space and Time
a. Traditional ways of settling legal disputes and reaching verdicts
b. About the contemporary legal system
c. Examples of contemporary Legal Dilemmas
Protection of Privacy
Genetic Engineering/Cloning
Freedom of Information
d. About the futuristic legal system
The Prime Directive
Time Travel and Time Machines
Birth Control
Genetic Engineering
The use of Telepathy and Telekinesis
Criminal Law
Nanotechnology
Cryonics
Definition and Rights of Intelligent Life
Laws of Robotics
Corporate Laws
The Internet and the Control of Information
Election Laws and Procedures
7. Technology
Summary
Harry Potter
Introduction
1. Background
2. History and Myth
a. The Myth before the Myth: A short history of Hogwarts
3. Social Structure
a. The crews as microcosms of society
b. The Women
c. The Social Outcasts
d. Homosexuality and Lesbianism
e. Inter-Racial Relationships
4. Forms of Government
a. Democracies
b. Dictatorships
c. Utopias/Dystopias
d. Other Forms
5. Politics and International Relations
a. Overview
b. Treaties and Conventions
6. Law and Order through Space and Time
a. Traditional ways of settling legal disputes and reaching verdicts
b. About the contemporary legal system
c. Examples of contemporary Legal Dilemmas
Protection of Privacy
Genetic Engineering/Cloning
Freedom of Information
d. About the futuristic legal system
The Prime Directive
Time Travel and Time Machines
Birth Control
Genetic Engineering
The use of Telepathy and Telekinesis
Criminal Law
Nanotechnology
Cryonics
Definition and Rights of Intelligent Life
Laws of Robotics
Corporate Laws
The Internet and the Control of Information
Election Laws and Procedures
7. Technology
Summary
The Dark Tower
Introduction
1. Background
2. History and Myth
a. The Myth before the Myth
3. Society
a. The crews as microcosms of society
b. The Women
c. The Social Outcasts
d. Homosexuality and Lesbianism
e. Inter-Racial Relationships
4. Forms of Government
a. Democracies
b. Dictatorships
c. Utopias/Dystopias
d. Other Forms
5. Politics and International Relations
a. Overview
b. Treaties and Conventions
6. Law and Order through Time and Space
a. Traditional ways of settling legal disputes and reaching verdicts
b. About the contemporary legal system
c. Examples of contemporary Legal Dilemmas
Protection of Privacy
Genetic Engineering/Cloning
Freedom of Information
d. About the futuristic legal system
The Prime Directive
Time Travel and Time Machines
Birth Control
Genetic Engineering
The use of Telepathy and Telekinesis
Criminal Law
Nanotechnology
Definition and Rights of Intelligent Life
Cryonics
Laws of Robotics
Corporate Laws
The Internet and Control of Information
Election Laws and Procedures
7. Technology
Summary
The Hunger Games
Introduction
1. Background
2. History and Myth
a. The Myth before the Myth
3. Society
a. The crews as microcosms of society
b. The Women
c. The Social Outcasts
d. Homosexuality and Lesbianism
e. Inter-Racial Relationships
4. Forms of Government
a. Democracies
b. Dictatorships
c. Utopias/Dystopias
d. Other Forms
5. Politics and International Relations
a. Overview
b. Treaties and Conventions
6. Law and Order through Time and Space
a. Traditional ways of settling legal disputes and reaching verdicts
b. About the contemporary legal system
c. Examples of contemporary Legal Dilemmas
Protection of Privacy
Genetic Engineering/Cloning
Freedom of Information
d. About the futuristic legal system
The Prime Directive
Time Travel and Time Machines
Birth Control
Genetic Engineering
The use of Telepathy and Telekinesis
Criminal Law
Nanotechnology
Definition and Rights of Intelligent Life
Cryonics
Laws of Robotics
Corporate Laws
The Internet and Control of Information
Election Laws and Procedures
7. Technology
Summary