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May 29, 2008

10 SF Facts That Require No Further Explanation

  1. Star Wars is better than Star Trek
  2. No SF film adaptation is ever as good as the book.
  3. Maifestos and Movements come and go, good stories remain.
  4. Cricket + SF do not mix well.
  5. Media will always label SF fans as geeks.
  6. SF film remakes are never as good as the original
  7. Modern SF literature is awesome.
  8. We will never get jetpacks.
  9. SF will never die.
  10. There are more posts on SF blogs that are lists than anything else.

6 Comments


1. Yes, hands down.
2. Very true. Thankfully people still try, and sometimes the movies are quite good.
3. Indeed! Isaac Asimov is still with us :P. Same with Clarke and a dozen other greats.
4. How the heck do you mix those?
5. Most likely.
6. Unfortunately this is true. Hollywood is just out of ideas.
7. Amen.
8. That depends on what you mean by "we" and "jetpacks". There are jetpacks out there, but they don't fly for very long and only rather fortunate people get to use them.
9. Agreed. SF isn't actually doing as bad as people think. A lot of what isn't counted towards the SF genre is put into mainstream. Near-future stuff is still SF...and the Bourne stuff is, in some ways, SF as well. We just don't think of them that way. So really, SF is doing great, just some of it is cleverly disguised as something else.
10. Maybe that's true for more media related SF blogs.

Good post :D

1. Guffaw! This "fact" is highly suspect. The first three Star Wars films (chronologically speaking) were great fun; the last three stunk. Star Trek as an overall body of work is far superior in concept, story and effect on society.

2. I'd say this is true 99% of the time but there are exceptions (for example, Robert Wise's film of The Andromeda Strain actually improved on Crichton's novel).

3. Agreed.

4. Huh?

5. Probably.

6. Judging from the latest mini-series of The Andromeda Strain (to keep consistent with my example earlier), I'd say this is 100% correct.

7. In general, yes. So is pre-modern SF literature. But remember Sturgeon's Law.

8. Agree with previous commenter's point.

9. Agree 100%.

10. Probably true.

Been reading io9 again, Doctor Bloomer? ;)

1. Star Wars is better than Star Trek

Better at what?

2. No SF film adaptation is ever as good as the book.

What, like Bladerunner? The Day The Earth Stood Still? Planet of the Apes? Total Recall? Sin City? V for Vendetta?

3. Maifestos and Movements come and go, good stories remain.

Yup, communism is all gone. But everyone still reads Mark Twain.

4. Cricket + SF do not mix well.

Just ask Douglas Adams.

5. Media will always label SF fans as geeks.

Sigh.

6. SF film remakes are never as good as the original

Yeah, 12 Monkeys sucked. So did King Kong. And the Fly. And the Thing.

7. Modern SF literature is awesome.

Examples?

8. We will never get jetpacks.

Um...we've had jet packs since the sixties. Honest. They have films of of people using them. They just aren't very useful.

9. SF will never die.

Not a very SF minded thing to say. What if the human race is wiped out by an alien race who considers all forms of SF subversive propaganda?

10. There are more posts on SF blogs that are lists than anything else.

So why add to them?

Star Wars is SF? Really? It doesn't even try to work science into its story.

Not that Star Trek is particularly amazing, but it at least attempted to wrangle some big ideas.

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