All about Science fiction

   The Island of Dr. Moreau is a novel that has science fiction written all over it. From reading the summary on the back of the book, we see plain as day that the author, H.G. Wells is considered to be a “father of science fiction”. It also goes on to tell us that this novel is one of his first forays into the science fiction genre.

      While reading this novel, it reminded me of “Frankenstein” in many ways. We see a mad-surgeon changing creatures into men and instead seeing monstrous results; likewise in Frankenstein, a man is made into a monster. These scenarios have “sceince fiction” written all over it. The actuality of this happening in real life is slim to none. Monsters are not real and we know an animal can not be made into a man and vice versa. However, we could’ve expected this novel to be composed with a science fiction genre due to the fact that once again, H.G. Wells is considered a father of science fiction. He could’ve chosen many other genres to write about, but instead he stuck with his “specialty”, science fiction.

  The scenery of the story also gives us a “science fiction” feeling. The novel takes place on a remoe, desolated island with a “mad surgeon”…kind of creepy to me. The fact that this novel mirrors Frankenstein in so many ways, I automatically give it a science fiction genre as Frankenstein has. The two are very similar and closely related with a science fiction genre.

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  1. looloo14

    I agree with you on the subject that The Island of Dr. Moreau has elements of science fiction, and that the actuality of this story actually proving true is very slim. However, there are other stories in fiction that will never come true and are considered another genre altogether. Take for instance, the stories we have already read in class. The chances of Robinson Crusoe actually surviving a shipwreck and going on to live on a deserted island for almost thirty years are slight; just as Bluebeard’s magic is unrealistic. I just think it is important to note that a story’s inability to become true stems from the idea of fiction; not specifically science fiction.

  2. I agree with you with The Island of Dr. Moreau being related to Frankenstein. I hadn’t really mad this connection myself!
    The connection of the characters in both stories using science to create monsters is certainly unrealistic, but I think the point in these stories is to show the reader and to make a point of what the horrors of science could be. Yes, it is a pretty far-fetched idea, but they show just how horrifying the advances made in science could turn out.
    I think H.G. Wells took such an interest in and felt so at home in science fiction partly because he was involved in the field of science himself. The place in which The Island of Dr. Moreau takes place is typical for science fiction stories: terrible and other-worldly experiments are taking place on an island far removed from society. The location is very similar to the location of Frankenstein. In both stories, the locations certainly add to the “creepiness” of the story, especially when thinking if the situations in the stories were to actually happen.

  3. stperry1

    I agree that this story is heavily influenced by science fiction, however, I also agree that simply because there is no chance of this story coming true does not make it science fiction. I think that what puts this story in that category is more based upon the fact that science is being used in what would be considered futuristic or especially advanced ways. The idea of turning an animal into a human is ridiculous but by using science to try and create the illusion on reality H.G. Wells steps into the science fiction genre. It is not just the unrealistic aspect of this story, because as has already been said that would only make this a work of fiction; it is the combination of unrealistic and the prolific use of science that places this story in the genre science fiction.

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