Science Fiction Day 2020 is on Thursday, January 2, 2020: What is Science Fiction?
Thursday, January 2, 2020 is Science Fiction Day 2020. National Science Fiction Day - the year of LIVING UNOFFICIALLY Science Fiction Day!
We actually can’t blame you if you’ve never learned about Science Fiction Day, but within the last couple of years it is the most popular and different event marked on every sci-fi fan’s calendar. Even though this day is well known to be able to recognition your day Isaac Asimov was created, the truth is nobody (not really themself, as possible read in the memoirs) really understood the precise day's his birth!While Asimov was probably the most prominent sci-fi authors from the 20th century, fans usually prefer to show their thanks to Science Fiction Day by reading through books from authors for example Philip K. Dick or Kurt Vonnegut, but additionally by getting a film marathon. Films like Ridley Scott’s Alien, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 or, more lately, Garth Jennings’ The Hitchhiker’s Help guide to the Universe, are viewed one to another, causeing this to be the first day to keep in mind.
Science Fiction takes some aspect of science and uses it as part of the story or background. The science can be space (e.g. Star Trek) or psychology (e.g. Flowers for Algernon) but science must be part of the story or at least the background. It's not just because the story takes place in the future.
Your book could be a thriller or just a drama. Ever seen the movie "The Beach"?
How is Toy Story a Science Fiction / Fantasy movie?
In science fiction, the plot revolves around or is heavily affected by fictional scientific advancements or processes. One Jules Verne novel, for example, is set completely in the present day (for his time) and focuses on the political implication of a devastating new explosive. This is a perfect example of science fiction.
Fantasy typically revolves around the use of magic and its effects. The Harry Potter series is an example of fantasy. Medievalist fantasy is a subset, it includes things like the Lord of the Rings where wars are fought with swords and magic, there's orcs and trolls, and so on.
Toy Story isn't science fiction at all, but a good case can be made for it being fantasy. No explicit explanation is given for why the toys are alive, but there doesn't need to be one. It has two key elements of fantasy: speculation (What if toys were alive?) and the supernatural (an inanimate object comes to life). It's not exactly traditional fantasy, but it fits the category.
if you really wanted a better answer I would say to supply a little more detail. Is it absolutely necisary to supply all this information in the begining or for that matter even a good idea? As someone else explained presenting as little as possible in the begining and finding excuses throughout to present small bits at a time is generally more usefull. Also keeping an audience in the dark, particualrly in science fiction, and treating them as if they should know the facts can engross you faster into a storyline. Then if you really must clarify details, having characters discuss poitns or have flashbacks or simply think to themselves works well. Robert Heinlien for example loved to write about social problems in his stories but being of an engineering background he insisted on having as much pratical science as possible in his stories and he damn well wanted the reader to know the trouble he went through thinking some stuff up. Most commonly he'd use the newbie concept. Introduce a newbie charachter that needs to have things explained to him by the more experienced members and the reader gets the lecture at the same time. For example a good film use of that technique in a storyline similiar to yours would be the film Red Dawn. The filmakers actaully put together a painstaking and realistic scenario to explain how this world war three could come about. In fact it had been supplied by a former secratary of state and based upon alternate timeline prodections of geopolitical events formed by the U.S. military. However most of the information wasn't needed to get the action rolling, as the audience ddint need to know anymore then the teens the story focuses on. Later though just so that we wouldnt think that this plot was completely off the wall we get introduced toa downed pilot that looseley fills in the kids with details leading up to the war. Just enough mind you. In the end the producers left most of the information out simply because it was directly pertinent to the storyline. In fact ever wonder how much gets left on the cutting room floor by any science fiction author? Ever wonder why they often write more then one story within the same "universe"? You could also, I suppose, if you really needed all the information to presented right away, have an early charachter discover the information (even if they allready know it) through finding a journal, propaganda film, text book etc. vica versa an old gag popular in the eighties was a non-essential charachter presenting the buildup to the storyline then having an "accident" murdered etc, or as reflection from their current point aka. "at this time this happened the world was etc and we were etc untill the day of whatever when the blah blahs atacked, but i'm getting ahead of myself. I suppose it really began when...." this kind of reflection can be done in a cold narritive but also spiced up a bit more like "we should of seen it coming. When they enected blah blah blah we should have seen the signs. At that time the federated blah was ruling. Myself I was only a and doing whatever and what have you" By throwing a little sub story with your narritive as a complete chapter or two it can keep it from sounding like the intro to a star wars movie. Good luck.