Science and fiction are often deemed opposing forces, incompatible “languages” and “cultures.” Science is the realm of fact and reality while fiction is mere fantasy, useless to the rational mind. Yet, the works of Jules Verne, Mary Shelley, Aldous Huxley, H.G. Wells, and numerous others continue to stand the test of time even as scientific knowledge and understanding broaden. Science and fiction, science and literature, are so often thought of as separate, irreconcilable entities and yet science fiction enraptures and intrigues. Science fiction is the playground of science. Where science has not yet or cannot dare to go, science fiction leaps forward eagerly. This creative thesis seeks to demonstrate a bridge between science and literature through a collection of original science fiction poems. This exploration is a culmination of research into the relationship between science and literature through scholarship and works of fiction, poetry’s relationship to both subjects, and scientific research into artificial intelligence, deep space travel, and time travel. The chapbook produced, The Silver Dark, uses science fiction as the thematic backdrop for the demonstration that science and literature can be and are connected through poetry, while also communicating complex scientifically accurate (with only a few artistic liberties) concepts in verse.
Semester/Year of Award
English and Theatre
Open Access Thesis
Stovall, Maura D., "Science and Literature: An Exploration Through a Shared Language" (2017). Honors Theses. 449.