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For the film, see Suspense (film).
For the radio program, see Suspense (radio program).
For the genre, see Thriller (genre).

Suspense or tension is the feeling of uncertainty and interest about the outcome of certain actions, most often referring to an audience's perceptions in a dramatic work. However, suspense is not exclusive to literature. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... Suspense is a 1946 film directed by Frank Tuttle. ... Suspense, one of the premier drama programs of the Golden Age of Radio, was subtitled radios outstanding theater of thrills. ... The thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, and television. ...


According to Aristotle's Poetics, suspense is an important building block of drama. In very broad terms, it consists of having some real danger looming and a ray of hope. The two common outcomes can be Aristotles Poetics aims to give an account of poetry. ...

  • the danger hits, whereby the audience will feel sorrowful
  • the hope comes true, whereby the audience will first feel joy, then satisfaction.

If there is no hope, the audience will feel despair. Despair in common usage is the condition of having abandoned hope. ...

Suspense in Dramatic Works

  • Alfred Hitchcock is considered to be one of the premier directors of suspense film.
  • Robert Ludlum has written many books in the international suspense genre. In The Bourne Identity series, the main character has amnesia. He does not remember who he is, what he does, or how he got there -- these techniques are used to increase suspense and curiosity in the reader.
  • Video games such as the Half-Life series and Crysis have certain degrees of suspense. In Crysis, the aliens will not be revealed until the player enters the alien ship.

This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Robert Ludlum (May 25, 1927 New York City â€“ March 12, 2001 Naples, Florida) was an American author of 29 thriller novels, and was educated at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut. ... The Bourne Identity is a 1980 spy fiction thriller by Robert Ludlum about an amnesiac who must discover who he is and why several different groups, including an assassin and the CIA, are trying to kill him. ... Half-Life For a quantity subject to exponential decay, the half-life is the time required for the quantity to fall to half of its initial value. ... For the particle accelerator, see CRYSIS. Crysis is an upcoming science fiction first-person shooter computer game that is currently in development by German developer Crytek. ...

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Suspension of disbelief - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (664 words)
Suspension of disbelief is a willingness of a reader or viewer to suspend his or her critical faculties to the extent of ignoring minor inconsistencies so as to enjoy a work of fiction.
One of the most well known examples of suspension of disbelief is the acceptance that the iconic superhero, Superman, hides his identity from the world by simply donning a pair of glasses and acting in a "mild mannered" fashion, which contrasts with the large and in-charge personality of Superman.
The example of this is where the character addresses the audience directly (breaking the fourth wall) or otherwise engages with a glance or look or does or says something to show that the character realises that he is a character in a work of fiction.
Double wishbone suspension - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (443 words)
The suspension consists of a pair of upper and lower lateral arms, roughly horizontal, and of roughly similar length.
In front view the suspension is a 4 bar link, and it is easy to work out the camber gain (see camber angle) etc, for a given set of bush locations.
The advantage of a double wishbone suspension is that it is fairly easy to work out the effect of moving each joint, so you can tune the kinematics of the suspension easily.
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