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Scientific Romance

What is Scientific Romance?

Scientific Romance sounds like love birds in space—but that couldn't be further from the truth. It is a term applied to primarily British fiction and non-fiction works that use scientific speculations as a basis for story. Scientific Romance is a term applied to early versions of Science Fiction from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. That is not to say that this type of Science Fiction has been doomed to the pages of history, in fact in recent years the sub-genre has seen a revival by writers paying a sort of homage to the original Scientific Romances by mimicking their style.

There are two distinct faces of Scientific Romance: a lighter and more optimistic side that sees technology as wonderful and adventurous; and a darker side that is more cautionary and filled with social critique.

Scientific Romance also has a secondary meaning—a science based flight of fancy.

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Other Features of Scientific Romance

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  • Level of Real Science

    High. Scientific Romances have a focus on technology and science and this focus allows writers to speculate about where this technology and science might take us in the future.

  • Level of Grand Ideas/Social Implications

    >High. Science Romances are idea centric: imperialism, technology, evolution are staples of this sub-genre.

  • Level of Characterization

    Moderately low. Protagonists in Scientific Romances are not the typical Sci Fi hero—they are sometimes broody and often wrapped up in ideas. The richness of Scientific Romances comes from the the ideas and exploration of technology, not from the characters.

  • Level of Plot Complexity

    Variable. Depending on the type of Scientific Romance—the light or the dark—plot can be a key feature in stories that are more journey-like, or not at all important in stories that are more broody.

  • Level of Violence

    Low. Violence is not typical in Scientific Romances—they are stories more concerned with science, exploring ideas, and rational thought.

Related Science Fiction subgenres

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    Dying Earth. Several of the Scientific Romances explore scientific ideas through to the very end of the world, often providing commentary on how science or humanity has caused this end.

  • a href="speculative-fiction.php">Speculative Fiction is strongly related to Scientific Romance because these stories are speculations on the future of science, technology, and humanity.

  • Voyages Extraordinaries. A number of Voyages Extraordinaire books are considered Scientific Romances such as The Lost World, War of the Worlds, and Journey to The Center of the Earth. Both subgenres feature adventures and an almost romantic look at science and technology, often employing new technology to make a great voyage into the unknown.

  • In addition, in its earliest form, Scientific Romance pre-dates most other forms of Sci Fi all sub-genres are related in one way or another.

Scientific Romance isn't for you if...

If you prefer modern styles of writing.

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