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Why do we write, read, and love sci-fi? We all want to escape occasionally. But science fiction is often very far from escapism, in fact you might say that science fiction is escape into reality Sci-fi makes us think, wonder, and ask what if and why. I recently watched the movie Contact with my 5-year-old son. The next day I was over the moon with delight at the myriad of questions he asked me.

Are they coming back? Is there going to be another movie where we get to see them? Is it possible that other races are capable of such travel? Sci-fi allows us to ask hard questions about gender and racial equality and how we treat each other. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek said, "For me science fiction is a way of thinking, a way of logic that bypasses a lot of nonsense.

It allows people to look directly at important subjects. When we can be separate enough -- by looking at how we might fictionally treat an alien race, for instance -- we see things with new eyes. District 9 itself is a chilling examination of apartheid and oppression in South Africa. Similarly, there are countless Star Trek episodes that ask moral questions, including issues of equality, sexism, and racism. The original Star Trek was groundbreaking in terms of women and people of non-white ethnicities playing valuable roles; it had a life-changing impact for me to see that as a young girl.

And while we can reasonably discuss the many flaws of Star Trek then and now in this regard, I think we can agree that it has done much to change the landscape of expectations about gendered and racial roles.

Sci-fi looks ahead to the future and asks, is this where we want to end up? So many dystopian visions are put forth in science fiction. And why? Because sci-fi writers are futurists; we look ahead to see where we are going if we continue along our current trajectory. The Day After Tomorrow, anyone? I Am Legend looks at a future where an attempt to save humankind from cancer results in its downfall.

Sci-fi is a powerful place to dream up and imagine new technology. Flip phones were like a dream come true when they came onto the market. Hand-held computers and tricorders? I think of them whenever I hold my iPad in my hands. So many technologies have been devised on the pages and screens of sci-fi -- inspiring scientists and inventors to "make it so.

So keep dreaming. Thanks for reading!


The 10 Most Accurate (And 10 Least Accurate) Sci-Fi Movies

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Building sci-fi moviescapes : the science behind the fiction

It stands to reason that production designers would want to avoid connections with things so grounded in reality. But in fact, there is somewhat of a tradition of using modern architecture as a foundation for the creation of fictional film worlds. Science fiction relies on an audience believing in the world they are presented with. Clever camera work, perspective design, and temporary materials can only do so much. What often tips the balance in favour of using real, Modern buildings - rather than a temporary set - is the authenticity and atmosphere they provide the Science Fiction genre. In the past, set designers have had to choose between building a temporary set or finding a suitably cinematic existing space. But there was always a trade off: a purpose built sound stage is expensive and the scale is limited, but shooting on location is always problematic due to time pressures and permits.


0240807723 - Building Sci-fi Moviescapes: the Science Behind the Fiction by Hanson, Matt

DR WHO Contact Welcome to Sci-Fi Science As a professional scientist with a PhD in science and who loves science fiction and fantasy, I thought it would be a great idea to explore the true science behind Sci-Fi and fantasy, to explore what could really be possible and what is most likely never possible. Why have I done this? There are two reasons, the first is because it was science fiction that sparked my interest in science. It was science fiction that, as child, made me wonder if it really was possible to travel to other worlds in space ships, to travel in time and to meet alien lifeforms. Mankind has made such impressive leaps in technology, what could happen in the next 20, 50, , or more years?.


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