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1 researchok  Tue, Jun 19, 2012 1:35:11pm

Good article.

With the mind numbing plethora of science fiction on TV, I had forgotten just how important the written genre has been in shaping our culture.

Moral of the story? Hollywood can't beat a good book. They do well with formulaic box office hits, not so much with original work.

2 Daniel Ballard  Tue, Jun 19, 2012 1:47:47pm

I know of a few struggling filmmakers and writers that are trying to fix this. Pitching better stories. Indy folks making short films that defy the current template. Time will tell... Heck this frustration is in part why I'm making PreView, my little twilight Zone style thriller.

3 researchok  Tue, Jun 19, 2012 2:04:01pm

I like the kind of scifi (and westerns) that address and deal with moral and ethical issue.

Remember 3:10 to Yuma? I'd like to see a scifi thriller that deals less with technology and more with human challenges and dilemmas.

My two cents.

4 What, me worry?  Tue, Jun 19, 2012 2:17:54pm

Rumor says they'll be making a movie out of Fallout, also.

I happen to love the apocalyptic scenarios. I think also it lends itself better to high-tech special effects that's a lot easier to create than having to write an intense/interesting story.

My husband reads alternative history science fiction. Harry Turtledove and SM Sterling being his favs. Also Eric Flint, as well as some other lesser known authors.

5 Gretchen G.Tiger  Tue, Jun 19, 2012 2:40:45pm

There are two really good Sci-Fi Podcasts that I listen to in bulk a couple of times a year: Escape Pod and StarShipSofa.

Lot's of good short stories and StarShipSofa has feature "articles" as wel.

I quit looking to movies or any form of video -- short stories and books and now podcasting are full of great Sci-Fi!

6 Gretchen G.Tiger  Tue, Jun 19, 2012 2:44:20pm

Amy H. Sturgis also has some good links and articles herself.

7 William Barnett-Lewis  Tue, Jun 19, 2012 2:48:23pm

One of the big problems I have with modern SF - especially much of the "military" sf cranked out by Baen Books - is it's rather extreme anti-democracy take. John Ringo and Jerry Pournelle are two the worst offenders in this to me with Ringo often praising the idea of absolute monarchy (see the "Empire of Man" series where the only democracy is a) a hive of ecological terrorists and b) the big villain of the series). The Co-Dominion of Pournelle is a fascists wet dream.

This is unlike, for example, Heinlein who would play with different ideas of political organization to hold it up to the light and explore all aspects of it, good and bad.

About the only authors I await with eagerness anymore are David Brin & Lois Bujold.

8 Achilles Tang  Tue, Jun 19, 2012 4:30:03pm

I just started reading the Ringworld series, again. I like it.

I also read The Garden of Rama, again, for old time's sake. It was crap. I must have been too young to notice the first time.

9 b_sharp  Tue, Jun 19, 2012 6:09:01pm

Written Science Fiction is science written as fiction. Movies are fiction written to include science as a credibility anchor. It doesn't work.

Science Fiction fans have complained since the '70s about the disconnect between real (written ) SF and movie pseudo-SF.

10 steve_davis  Wed, Jun 20, 2012 4:48:29am

As a longtime reviewer for SF Site, I'd just say that first, the movies listed here are what science-fiction fans derisively refer to as sci-fi. It's basically glorified space opera. REAL science-fiction, meaning the stuff that gets written with the underlying rule that the science has to at least be possible within the rules of the universe (Arthur C. Clarke's stuff, for instance), is known as s.f. And the stuff that goes out of its way to adhere to scientific principles is "hard" s.f., probably so named because the authors actually have to have some knowledge of physics and can't simply beam people around the universe willy-nilly. (Gregory Benford is an example. He's a well-known scientist in his own right).


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