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PostSubject: Science fiction   Thu Dec 09, 2010 4:26 am

Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with the impact of imagined innovations in science or technology, often in a futuristic setting.[1][2][3] It differs from fantasy in that, within the context of the story, its imaginary elements are largely possible within scientifically established or scientifically postulated laws of nature (though some elements in a story might still be pure imaginative speculation). Exploring the consequences of such differences is the traditional purpose of science fiction, making it a "literature of ideas".[4] Science fiction is largely based on writing rationally about alternative possibilities.[5] The settings for science fiction are often contrary to known reality, but the majority of science fiction relies on a considerable degree of suspension of disbelief provided by potential scientific explanations to various fictional elements.

These may include:

* A setting in the future, in alternative timelines, or in an historical past that contradicts known facts of history or the archaeological record
* A setting in outer space, on other worlds, or involving aliens[6]
* Stories that involve technology or scientific principles that contradict known laws of nature[7]
* Stories that involve discovery or application of new scientific principles, such as time travel or psionics, or new technology, such as nanotechnology, faster-than-light travel or robots, or of new and different political or social systems (e.g., a dystopia, or a situation where organized society has collapsed)

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PostSubject: Re: Science fiction   Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:06 pm

Villa chiefs back manager Gerard Houllier for long haul

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Furious Houllier 'hurting' over Villa form

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner have insisted manager Gerard Houllier will revive the club's fortunes.
Villa fell to a fourth straight defeat on Monday after losing at Houllier's former club Liverpool and are now two points above the relegation zone.
But Faulkner said: "It's 'as you were' for us. It's not even a vote of confidence, as nothing has changed.
"He is incredibly hard-working and doing everything he can."
The 63-year-old angered some supporters by joking after the club's poor performance at Anfield that if Villa had to lose 3-0 at least it was to the Reds.

Our last two league performances have been gutless and poor and that's something that shouldn't be glossed over...
But the Frenchman met with assistant manager Gary McAllister and coaches Gordon Cowans, Robert Duverne and Rafa Gonzalez in the aftermath of the defeat to try to work out why his team are in such poor form.
"We are a team, we are five - myself, Macca, Gordon, Rafa and Robert," said Houllier. "The day after the game against Liverpool we met practically all day.
"We talked about a few things, analysed a few things, questioned a few things. That's exactly the right process. We were supposed to go to France to see [scout] a player but we cancelled that."
When Houllier took the reins at Villa Park in September, the club steadied itself in the top half of the table but have suffered from injury problems - including striker Emile Heskey and midfielder Stiliyan Petrov - and lost their last four games.
Yet, ahead of the club's match against Midlands rivals West Brom on Saturday, Faulkner insists that Houllier is a critical part of the club's long-term development.
"We knew it was going to be hard [when he took over] and we are on a bad run," he said.
"But the answer is to work even harder - and Gerard is doing that. Of course, West Brom is a massive game, it's a local derby, but everyone who cares for Villa should stick together.
"Our stance has been, ever since Randy took charge of the club in 2006, to build for the long term. Continuity always pays off. Look at Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

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Houllier targets improvement after Anfield defeat

"Gerard's great to work with. It's only three league games ago when we were eighth and Sir Alex said we should have been 6-0 up against his team before drawing.
"The manager arrived in September and has been trying to make changes in the way things are done and make changes in the playing style.
"Without wishing to make excuses, the injury list has been horrendous. Thankfully, players are starting to come back now.
"Fans should demand and expect total commitment from a manager and Gerard is fully focused on Aston Villa."
Faulkner is adamant Villa will back Houllier in the January transfer window.
He said: "We'll give him the support and the resources to do his job.
"But January has never been the ideal time to make extensive recruitment. If opportunities present themselves, then we will look to improve the squad."

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