social science fiction

science fiction subgenre

Social science fiction is a subgenre of science fiction, usually (but not necessarily) soft science fiction, concerned less with technology/space opera and more with speculation about society. In other words, it "absorbs and discusses anthropology" and speculates about human behavior and interactions.Exploration of fictional societies is a significant aspect of science fiction, allowing it to perform predictive (The Time Machine (1895); The Final Circle of Paradise, 1965) and precautionary (Brave New World, 1932; Nineteen Eighty-Four, 1949; Childhood's End, Fahrenheit 451, 1953) functions, to criticize the contemporary world (Gulliver's Travels, 1726; the works of Alexander Gromov, 1995 - Present) and to present solutions (Walden Two, Freedom™), to portray alternative societies (World of the Noon) and to examine the implications of ethical principles, as for example in the works of Sergei Lukyanenko.
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genre: social science fiction


The Eye of the Heron

novel by Ursula K. Le Guin

author: Ursula K. Le Guin


The Purchase of the North Pole

novel by the French author Jules Verne

author: Jules Verne
illustrator: George Roux


In the Year 2889

literary work

author: Jules Verne
illustrator: George Roux


Le Mystère des XV

book by Adolphe d'Espie

author: Jean de la Hire


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