— or at least, that’s the view of a leading American professor, talking about a new article he’s written for Indiana’s Martinsville Reporter-Times.
“Science fiction is no longer kids’ stuff, but serious literature,” acclaimed Jules Verne expert Arthur B. Evans, Laurel H. Turk, who is also Professor of Modern Languages at DePauw University, tells the paper. “It’s partly because we are living science fiction on a regular basis.”
Dr. Evans is featured in an article headlined “No longer considered pulp fiction” with reporter Ronald Hawkins describing Evans as a good example of the increased respectability that science fiction has gained over the years.
“Evans is a French professor at DePauw, but he also teaches a science fiction course at the university, one of many institutions of higher learning that offer such courses. Evans also is the managing editor of Science Fiction Studies, a scholarly journal that began at Indiana State in the 1970s and moved to DePauw in 1991 after time in Canada.” The respected journal which publishes critical articles and book reviews only, recently reached its 100th issue.
Evans discusses how science fiction has changed since the days when stories focused on the possibilities of space travel. “Today, there are all kinds of interesting themes,” he says. “There’s a lot about nano-technology, biological futures, viruses.”
The professor also discusses the difference between science fiction and fantasy. “It’s fantasy if it’s got magic and no perceivable laws of science in operation,” the professor tells the paper. “If it’s about the supernatural, it’s not science fiction. An example of the differences in literature would be that the Harry Potter books are fantasy, whereas Jules Verne’s ‘ 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea would be science fiction.”
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