"Inception" has put sci-fi back in the movies, with mixed reviews. We look at the best science fiction films of all time. With guests A.O. Scott, chief film critic for the New York Times, and Annalee Newitz, critif for io9.com.
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Ridley Scottâs latest film created divisions among science fiction enthusiasts.
Russian/American scientist and author, Isaac Asimov, once wrote: Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today — but the core of science fiction, its essence, has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.
Now, there’s no denying science fiction has long been a popular genre — from print to television to film. But does it have the influence it once had?
Some argue the exponential rate of technological change makes sci-fi less effective in its ability to predict, inspire and shape the future of the real world.
Here at Future Tense we’re starting the year with a look at the power of science fiction.
From TVO: BIG IDEAS - "Author Robert J. Sawyer explains how Hollywood’s approach to science fiction, starting with George Lucas’ Star Wars, has dulled the edge that made science fiction such a pertinent film genre. Sawyer dissects the problematic aspects of the original Star Wars film and shows how science fiction books continue to tackle difficult issues while their big screen counterparts take the easy road of big explosions and small ideas." - February 2008