I would like to propose the idea of researching a plethora of settings in science fiction and their authors in order to understand how they came to the conclusion of their world. To explain one of the key aspects I find most interesting in science fiction is the setting and use of technology. We now understand that in science fiction there is a use of extrapulation, speculation and estrangement. So when reading science fiction the year of publication matters since it warps the books use of technology, characters and sometimes political events.
The idea originally came from when I watched Bade Runner the film, its cyberpunk/ Asian aesthetic really got me thinking ” Why would the future look like that?” The setting looked very strange, crowded and dangerous, so I quickly began thinking what where they thinking in 1982. I’m not saying I don’t like the setting but I am curious about its inspiration. When we read “Do androids dream of Electric sheep?” we saw a exrapulated world from america in 1968, “Brave New world” is from Europe of 1932. These two books offer a much different world when comparing them side by side, they also offer different issues, I want to learn how the word around these authors manipulated there influence to create this type of setting and story.
I would also like to further my research into various other films and work from different time periods. The matrix, The Hunger Games series. Currently i am still deciding what other stories I should consider for this research but I hope to pick one major film or book for each decade. Like i said I hope that by the end of this project I can successfully explain how a persons surrounding will directly inspire there work, and possibly explain how its happened in our past using various films and movies.