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As you can see, the broad genre known as science fiction has the potential to be much more than today's seemingly endless cavalcade of evil aliens shooting things and ships blowing up in space, as the genre has come to be known.
George Orwell's 1984 is probably the most commonly known example of speculative fiction, not to mention a very early one, having been released in 1949. This book is a far call from what most people would call science fiction and indeed the science written about therein may be more of social rather than technological nature, but the story's speculative nature is unquestionable. It is this story, written ostensibly about the far off year of 1984, yet actually discussing the concerns of 1949 that played such a large part inspiring literature for decades to come.
Keep this information on the history and satiric nature of speculative fiction in mind for further discussions in class. The literature of the sixties and seventies, even outside of the genre we have discussed today, was defined by a highly satiric counterculture, owing largely to early speculative fiction authors.
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