Image: "Glory" by Darrell K. Sweet
Science fiction of the past is technology of the present. I have collected some links and media.
The best medium to find science fiction is books. Here are some authors:
A more or less... well. Mostly *less* successful medium is television:
- Farscape [media] This is the exception. Finally some decent science fiction.
- Star wars [media] George Lucas' famous creation, featuring lightsabers and bad guys in metal rebreather masks.
- StarTrek.com [media] Childish mostly. Lots of mumbo jumbo tech talk but some interesting visions of the future.
- Galaxy Quest [media] This is the film that made fun of Star Trek so well that even the Star Trek fans loved it. The link points to a mock star trek fansite that was the official site for Galaxy Quest for a time. It demonstrates perfectly the parody.
- Babylon5 [media] Pretty good CGI but not very realistic. This one was a series based on a different spin on alien life than the one shows like Star Trek or Star Wars espoused. It involved pretty good in-depth character development but it did have its extreme leap-of-faith's here and there.
- Andromeda *Puke* *Barf* *Vomit* *insert other synonyms here*
- [Ghost in the shell] Anime, a rather dark presentation of an optimistic future
- The 5th Element [media] A decent film with some more down-to-earth predictions of how our life will be in the future. Still, the story was a bit 'out of this world'...
- 2001:A Space Odyssey [media] This film was one of the best of Stanley Kubrick. I will only say this: it respects the fact that sound does not travel in space. Things do not go BOOM in space...
- Alien [media] This landmark film (the first one) showed how a bold human race managed to travel in space but still be stupid and mess around with other lifeforms. It spawned three more films. None approached the sheer horror of the first one. I will always remember the use of dirty technology as opposed to Star Trek's spiffy plastic technology.
- Batman [media] People. It's BATMAN. The link is to the DC comics site, where batman lives.
- Battlestar Galactica [media] This series was the link between Buck Rogers and the future of science fiction on the media. It provided a vision of a humanity hunted and alone, fighting for survival in the wilderness of space. By many back then it was credited as the first opening of science fiction litterature to audiences through the medium of television, along with Buck Rogers. It spawned movies, comics and a new series and still boasts one of the most fanatic fan bases.
- Bladerunner [media] This film was a landmark in the science fiction genre as it successfully combined high production values, good science fiction foundations, decent actors, a superb soundtrack and an overwhelmingly dark atmosphere to produce a masterpiece of suspense. Set in the future, it depicts a bleak future where even though the means of men are different, their internal processes and fears still govern much of their lives.
- Dr. Who [media] The infamous doctor has amazed, scared, thrilled and swooned captive audiences throughout the years in his many incarnations, much like the famous agent "Bond, James Bond". Based on a daring sci-fi backstory and an unorthodox main character this series aired decades ago in the UK and was accepted by the whole world as a major stepping stone in the development of science fiction worldwide. Even in Greece when I was a kid we watched the Daleks invade and the good doctor showing them what's what. EX-TER-MI-NA-TE!
- Knight Rider [media] The role that made David Hasselhoff known world-wide, as the totally useless guy-with-a-talking-car that always saved the day.