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Note-Taking Worksheet for “Fantastic Voyage: The Evolution of Sci-Fi” episode of
             The History Channel series Time Machine (15 points)

   1. Many people argue that in spite of many tales of space travel being written and
       published throughout the 17th century, the first true science fiction novel was
       __________________________, written by Mary Shelley in response to a
       challenge among her peers to see who could write the scariest ghost story.

   2. Verisimilitude, which is the quality of realism (an important component of
       science fiction), was pioneered by the author __________________________,
       who is also remembered for having created the modern detective fiction story, and
       who wrote poetry, including the classic poem “The Raven.”

   3. What things did Jules Verne accurately predict about how humans would travel
      into space, about a hundred years before NASA began launching space missions?

   4. What was the name of the first nuclear submarine in the U.S. Navy, named after
      the submarine portrayed in Jules Verne‟s novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?

       The U.S.S. ____________________________

   5. H.G. Wells‟ novel The Time Machine, which portrayed the brutish underground-
      dwelling Morlocks eating the beautiful, passive Eloi, was a social parable. What
      did this represent? In other words, what group of people did the Morlocks
      represent and what socio-economic class of people did the Eloi represent?

The Morlocks represented the _______________ and the Eloi represented the _________

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   6. H.G. Wells‟ novel The War of the Worlds capitalized on people‟s interest in the
      planet Mars. But it wasn‟t really about a Martian invasion of Earth. What did
      Wells‟ novel The War of the Worlds allegorically represent? That is, who did the
      murderously violent, oppressive, technologically superior „Martians‟ represent,
      and who did the Earthlings who were being conquered symbolically represent?

The Martians were the Imperialist nations of ________________ and _______________,
which invaded and conquered people __________________ in other parts of the world.

   7. In the early 1900‟s, „pulp‟ magazines helped to inspire ____________________
       _________________ to create the character John Carter, and then Tarzan the
       Ape-Man, in 1912. He believed he could write „rot‟ just as rotten, and
       entertaining, as the stories he read in those pulps.

   8. Hugo Gernsback invented the one-word term _______________________, first
      used in the magazine that he started, Amazing Stories, but due to someone else
      acquiring the legal rights to that term in a hostile take-over of the magazine, he
      then created the term „science fiction,‟ which is the one that caught on.

   9. Fritz Lang‟s film _____________________ shows a Dystopian society in the year
      2026 (about one hundred years after the film was made) where workers slave
      away while the rich spend their time in pleasure gardens. It is considered by many
      to be the greatest science fiction movie ever made.

   10. “Space opera” is science fiction that doesn‟t care about the _______________________________
       of science/technology. Flash Gordon is vintage space opera (which means that it‟s from the time
       when space opera really began and when it was very popular).

   11. On October 30th, 1938, Orson Welles put on a radio version of
       ________________________________ by H.G. Wells, resulting in perhaps as
       many as 1.2 million Americans panicking, believing that Martians were invading.

   12. In 1938, the alien superhero __________________ debuted in an Action comic
       book, the _________ was smashed (split) for the first time, and the country
       __________________ began a series of aggressive actions with the takeovers of
       nearby Austria and the Sudetenland, eventually leading to World War II.

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13. For this radio broadcast, the radio actor Frank Readick, who was describing what
   he allegedly saw as the Martians (supposedly) killed human beings in horrific
   ways, based his performance on the famous radio eyewitness reporting of Herb
   Morrison from the scene of the fiery crash of the German airship called the
   __________________________. (the correct answer begins with an “H”)

14. Isaac Asimov wrote a story for John Campbell about what would happen if there
   was a planet whose inhabitants lived with suns constantly visible in the sky, and
   never knew night-time or darkness, except every few thousand years when their
   planet experienced a total solar eclipse.      The title of this short story is
   _________________, which is widely considered to be the best science fiction
   short story ever written.

15. FBI agents showed up at the office of John Campbell of Astounding Stories
   because writers publishing in that work were writing about ____________ bombs,
   and the FBI was afraid that those writers knew as much as they seemed to because
   the government was „leaking‟ information about their program (The Manhattan
   Project) to develop this weapon for use in World War II.

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