Session #28: June 23rd, 2010

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We had a good turnout today, despite the heavy rain in the morning. A big thank-you to all of you who attended today.

First, we discussed about the definition of science fiction, and the difference between science fiction and fantasy. We also talked about Lewis’ own ideas on science fiction. You can read more about his ideas in the essay “On Science Fiction” in “Of Other Worlds“. (I also recommend the first essay, “On Stories”.)

Then we discussed chapters 1-3.

  1. What do we learn about Ransom’s character?
  2. What do we learn about Devine and Weston?
  3. What is “social Darwinism“?
  4. What does Weston think of Harry and why?
  5. Why does Ransom ignore Weston’s “barefaced lie”?
  6. Why does C.S. Lewis put Ransom out in space?

The next session will be July 14th, and that will be our last session before the summer. There will be no sessions in August. We will meet again in September.

Finally, here’s C.S.  Lewis writing about fairy tales, but I think what he says is also relevant to science fiction ( I posted this earlier, too):

“It goes beyond the expression of things we have already felt. It arouses in us sensations we have never had before, never anticipated having, as though we had broken out of our normal mode of consciousness and “possessed joys not promised to our birth.”  It gets under our skin, hits us at a level deeper than our thoughts or even our passions, troubles oldest certainties till all questions are reopened, and in general shocks us more fully awake that we are for most of our lives.”

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3 thoughts on “Session #28: June 23rd, 2010”

  1. Before experiments and theory, what we call, scientists figure the image of something at first, of course basing this on their scientific knowledge, present facts and recent technological advances. And then they experiment in physics many times and create a new theory and prove it.
    On the other hand, authors of fiction or ordinary persons who have interest in science can imagine many things, without professional studying, although they cn also get scientific knowledge, fact and so on, by reading books.

  2. Weston reminds me of Uncle Andrew in “Magician’s Nephew” by C.S.Lewis. Uncle Andrew, a magician, does experiments according to what he learns from books. He believes that great people must be free to experiment without limits for the sake of new discovery and knowledge, while he believes ordinary people must follow common rules.

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