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https://theconversation.com/fan-of-sci-fi-psychologists-have-you-in-their-sights-131342

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Fan of sci-fi? Psychologists have you in their sights
Psychologists have stigmatised science fiction fans as losers who retreat into fantasy worlds. This is unfair.

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Fantasy World

Science Fiction’s constant migration to other worlds is ‘adaptive’ and can be configured to suit the geek crowd, whose interests and tastes are used to provide the kind of fantasy that they would c...

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Kirk Allen

.. was a pseudonymous patient of psychoanalyst Robert Lindner, in his 1954 case studies, in which the patient had a dual life, which he could switch by mental time-travel and travel in an instant t...

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The Iron Dream

.. published in 1972 was an alternate fantasy timeline of Adolf Hitler, in which he lives another kind of life as a science fiction author and illustrator(yes it is far fetched!)

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The Genre Of Science Fiction

..according to the famous science fiction author Ursula Le Guin has an essential gesture of distancing and pulling back from reality, seeing it from a different plane. It provides a fresh perspecti...

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Science Fiction Literature

..has always been a poor cousin of the mainstream ‘highbrow’ works. The make-believe other worlds and adventures of space have received psychological accusations from the authors, like the fact tha...

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Time travel is also a powerful way to imagine what the future might bring. Time travel allows us to explore the consequences of our worst tendencies.

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Babylon 5

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Battlestar Galactica

It's focuses on the survivors of humans in devastated colony worlds. The politics of this series reflect the left-wing reaction to the war on terror, stressing on the significance of democracy and civilian leadership.

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Game Of Thrones

... which is based on George R.R. Martin’s book series "A Song Of Ice And Fire", addresses a range of diverse political issues.

Most of the people hungry for power are showcased as maniacs and reflect on the wrongdoings of global political elites and career politicians.

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