Fiction n (1851) : fiction dealing principally with the impact of
actual or imagined science on society or individuals or having a
scientific factor as an essential orienting component.
Predicting and describing the future
is no easy task, and eerily, some of the early science fiction writers
have hit pretty close to the mark. Cloning, biometric security,
space travel, nuclear warfare, burning books; while some of these
are more drastic then others, all were predicted by the pioneers
of science fiction writing. Writers such as, Isaac Asimov, Ursula
Le Guin, William Gibson, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, George Orwell,
Daniel Keyes, H.G. Wells and Mary Shelley, predicted and described
the future of our world and our species in such detail that they,
more than any other genre of fiction writers, have sparked controversy,
outrage and fear. Many people do not like science fiction because
of the fear of the unknown that this genre attempts to capture.
Aliens, war, artificial intelligence
and government control are frightening subject areas and for someone
to predict that this is our future can be downright horrifying.
So why do we have such a fascination with science fiction? What
is the appeal? Perhaps it is the ultimate escape. No one lives the
life depicted in sci-fi. It is fake, make believe, unfounded, un-provable.
Or is it? Many science fiction writers spend years researching and
backing up their claims of what our future will be. Each week dozens
of new books and movies reach their audiences with un-paralleled
believability. Are the stories different? Are the writers getting
better? Is the “future” getting closer?
Many stories about the future that were written in the 40s and 50s
are actually coming to fruition.
Reading Fahrenheit 451 you can find
many parallels between Ray Bradbury’s future-world and the
real world of 2005. Giant flat screened TVs, interactive reality
television, “Pods” in people’s ears, babies delivered
only by Cesarean section. Sound familiar?
For a possible glimpse into your
future, check out the Meniscus picks for best Science Fiction movies.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
- A Clockwork Orange (1971)
- Star Wars (1977)
- Alien (1979)
- Mad Max (1979)
- Blade Runner (1982)
- E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
- Brazil (1985)
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
- 12 Monkeys (1996)
- The Matrix (1999)
- Donnie Darko (2001)
- Minority Report (2002)
Beyond all of the fear mongering that goes on in science fiction,
there are a few writers and filmmakers that have chosen to take
a comedic look at the future. The best way to deal with the unknown
is to laugh about it and hope for the best. Check out these 10 Sci-Fi
- Sleeper (1973)
- Back to the Future (1985)
- Cocoon (1985)
- Weird Science (1985)
- Innerspace (1987)
- Spaceballs (1987)
- Mars Attacks! (1996)
- The Fifth Element (1997)
- Men In Black (1997)
- Galaxy Quest (1999)