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Science fiction is difficult to define, as it includes a wide range of subgenres and themes. Author, Mark C. Glassy, argues that the definition of science fiction is like the definition of pornography: you don't know what it is, but you know it when you see it. ( Science fiction ).
Wikipedia continues: Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with the impact of imagined innovations in science or technology, often in a futuristic setting. Exploring the consequences of such innovations is the traditional purpose of science fiction, making it a literature of ideas.
Science fiction is largely based on writing rationally about alternative possibilities. It is similar to, but differs from fantasy in that, within the context of the story, its imaginary elements are largely possible within scientifically established or scientifically postulated laws of nature (though some elements in a story might still be pure imaginative speculation).
The settings for science fiction are often contrary to known reality but the majority of science fiction relies on a considerable degree of suspension of disbelief, which is facilitated in the reader's mind by potential scientific explanations or solutions to various fictional elements. These may include:
- A setting in the future, in alternative timelines, or in an historical past that contradicts known facts of history or the archaeological record
- A setting in outer space, on other worlds, or involving aliens.
- Stories that involve technology or scientific principles that contradict known laws of nature.
- Discovery or application of new scientific principles plots, such as time travel or psionics, or new technology, such as nanotechnology, faster-than-light travel or robots, or of new and different political or social systems (e.g., a dystopia, or a situation where organized society has collapsed)
Ridley Scott to Direct New Blade Runner
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe..." But would the infamous replicant leader in Blade Runner believe that director Ridley Scott is making a new version of the 1982 sci-fi classic? Sequel or prequel, nobody seems to know—and Harrison Ford's participation is a question mark (he reportedly hated Scott)—but The Blind Side producer Alcon Entertainment will begin development, Deadline.com reports. This on the heels of Scott's Prometheus, an upcoming 3D pic that loosely revisits the Alien franchise. ( Ridley Scott to Direct New Blade Runner ).
Actors and Actresses
- Jean Hawkshaw
- Ramsay Ames
- Claudia Barrett
- Jean Byron
- Linda Christian
- Amanda Duff
- Evangelina Elizondo
- Mimi Gibson
- [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilyn_Harris_(actor) Marilyn Harris]
- Kitty de Hoyos
- Donna Martell
- Joyce Meadows
- Noreen Nash
- Cynthia Patrick
- Paula Raymond
- Joan Taylor
- Barbara Rush
- Eve Bernhardt
- Pam Grier
- Leonard Nimoy
- Kitty Aldridge
- Lee Majors
- Lindsay Wagner
- Faith Domergue
- Margaret Field
- Salma Hayek
- Nichelle Nichols
- Levar Burton - Geordi
- Francesco Quinn
- Barbara Valentin
- John Saxon
- Barbara Bestar, Killers from Space, 1954
- C. C. H. Pounder
- Alessandra Torresani
- Bettina Zimmermann, (b 1975), German actress, Lost City Raiders (2008)
- Patrick Stewart
Pulp Fiction Magazines
See Pulp magazine
- Amazing Stories 1928
- The Airlords of Han 1929
- Planet Stories
- Startling Stories
- Amazing Stories
- Super Science Stories
- Fantastic Novels
- Astonishing Stories
- Astounding Science-Fiction
- Wonder Stories
- Unknown FantasyFict (S&S)
- Dynamic Science Fiction
Other related magazines
- Spicy Adventure Stories
- Saucy Movie Tales
- Horror Stories
- Terror tales
- Weird Tales
- Eerie Stories
- Mystery Stales
Comics and Comic Strips
- Buck Rogers. The strip made its first newspaper appearance on January 7, 1929.
- Shock SuspenStories, 1954
- Planet Comics
- Amazing Adventures
- Silver Streak Comics
- Out of This World
- The Crypt of Terror
- Marvel Mystery Comics
- Atomic Comics
- Mystery in Space
- Intimate Confessions
- Weird Comics
- Weird Science
- Weird Science - Fantasy Annual 1953
- Tales From the Crypt
Sci Fi Classics (Pre-1970; chronological order)
- Queen of the Amazons (1946/47, B&W) - Patricia Morison; The video
- Prehistoric Women (1950, color) - Laurette Luez; The video
- Destination Moon (film) (1950) - John Archer, Warner Anderson, Tom Powers, Dick Wesson, Erin O'Brien-Moore as Emily Cargraves.; The video
- [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_Worlds_Collide_(film) When Worlds Collide] (1951) - Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen, and John Hoyt; George Pal, maker of Destination Moon (Paramount); The video
- The Man From Planet X (1951, B&W) - Robert Clarke, Margaret Field. Produced by Aubrey Wisberg and Jack Pollexfen; The video
- Mesa of Lost Women (1953, B&W) - Mary Hill, Tandra Quinn, Dolores Fuller; The video
- It Came From Outer Space (3D) (1953, B&W) - Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, Joe Sawyer, and Russell Johnson; The video
- Killers From Space (1954, B&W, 71 mins.) - Peter Graves, Barbara Bestar, James Seay, William Gerstle, and Ruth Bennett; The video
- Crash of the Moons (1954, B&W) - Rocky Jones, Space Ranger: Sally Mansfield. The video
- This Island Earth (1955) - Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason; The video
- Forbidden Planet (1956) - Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsenn; first appearance of Robbie the Robot; The video
- The Wild Women of Wongo (1958, Color) - Jean Hawkshaw, The video
- The First Man Into Space (1959) - Marshall Thompson, Marla Landi, Bill Edwards, and Robert Ayres; The video
- The Angry Red Planet (1959) - Gerald Mohr, Naura Hayden, Jack Kruschen, and Les Tremayne; The video
- The Amazing Transparent Man (1960, B&W) - Marguerite Chapman; The video
- Assignment: Outer Space (1960, B&W) - Rik Von Nutter, Alain Dijon, Gabriella (Gaby) Farinon; The video
- The Wasp Woman (1960, B&W) - Susan Cabot; The video
- The Phantom Planet (1961, B&W) - Dean Fredericks, introducing Delores Faith; The video
- Horrors of Spider Island (1962, Color) - Harald Maresch, Barbara Valentin(e); The video
- Journey To The Seventh Planet (1962, Color, AIP) - John Agar, Greta Thyssen, Carl Ottosen, Ove Sprogøe, Ann Smyrner, and Mimi Heinrich; The video
- Eegah (1962, Color, 90 mins.) - Arch Hall, Jr., Marilyn Manning, Richard Kiel, and Arch Hall Sr; The video
- Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964, Color) - Pia Zadora; The video
- Queen of Blood (1966, Color) - John Saxon, Basil Rathbone, Dennis Hopper, and Judi Meredith; The video
- Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968, Color) - Mamie Van Doren; The video
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); The video
Modern Sci Fi
- Sleeper (film), 1973 futuristic science fiction comedy film - Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, John Beck, Marya Small, and Susan Miller; The video
- Star Wars Film Series by George Lucas:
Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983), Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010), Part 2 (to be released July 15, 2011)
- Bladerunner (1982, Color) - Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos
- Tron (1982, Color) - Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan
- The Dark Crystal (1982, Color) - Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards
- Return to Oz (1985, Color) - Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Piper Laurie
- Back to the Future trilogy, The first film was the highest-grossing film of 1985 and became an international phenomenon, leading to the second and third films which were filmed back-to-back and released in 1989 and 1990 respectively.
- Slipstream (1989, Color) - Bob Peck, Mark Hamill, Kitty Aldridge, Bill Paxton
- Total Recall (1990, Color) - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Ronny Cox
- A Scanner Darkly - directed by Richard Linklater starring Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey, Jr., and Rory Cochrane.
- Minority Report - directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, and Max von Sydow
- The Matrix - written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, and Hugo Weaving
- Ghosts of Mars (2001, Color) - Pam Grier (Commander Helena Braddock), Ice Cube, Robert Carradine, Jason Statham, Natasha Henstridge
- Stargate (Movies and TV Series):
Stargate (Film) (1994), Stargate SG-1 (TV Series) (1997-2007), Stargate Atlantis (TV Series) (2004-2009), Stargate Universe (TV Series) (2009-2011), Stargate: The Ark of Truth (Direct-To-DVD Film) (2008), Stargate: Continuum (Direct-To-DVD Film) (2008)
- Avatar (2009) a James Cameron 4-D movie; a breakthrough in cinematic technology.
- Thor (2011)
- [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-Men_(film_series) X-men Series:]
X-Men (2000), X2: X-Men United (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Prequels: X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), X-Men: First Class (2011), Future: The Wolverine (2012), Potential sequels to X-Men: First Class: X-Men Origins: Deadpool, Potential sequels in the main film series; Unproduced prequel: X-Men Origins: Magneto.
Sci Fi Television Shows
- Captain Video and His Video Rangers The children's adventure serial , which ran from June 1949 to April 1955.
- Buck Rogers ABC's small screen version in 1950.
- Flash Gordon Live-action space adventure series of the early 1950s.
- Space Patrol
- Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers
- Tales of Tomorrow The first science fiction show for adults, was also its first fully science fictional anthology by ABC on August 3, 1951 lasting until 1953.
- Out There Followed two months later on CBS only lasting twelve episodes.
- Science Fiction Theatre was another early anthology series, running from 1955 and 1957.
- Men Into Space, 1959–1960.
- The Twilight Zone Began 1959.
- The Outer Limits Began 1963.
- Lost in Space a space opera which aired from 1965 to 1968, became popular with audiences.
- The Time Tunnel a 1966–1967 U.S. color science fiction TV series.
- The Bionic Woman
- Wonder Woman
- The Six Million Dollar Man
- Dr. Who
- Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series)
- Something is Out There 1988 American science fiction television miniseries that aired on NBC, and a short-lived weekly series that followed in the fall of 1988.
- Quantum Leap (TV series), is an American television series that was broadcast on NBC from March 26, 1989 to May 5, 1993, for a total of five seasons.
- Sliders, is an American science fiction television series. It was broadcast for five seasons, beginning in 1995 and ending in 2000. The series follows a group of travelers as they use a wormhole to "slide" between different parallel universes.
- Firefly (2002 Josh Whedon sci-fi Western television series)
- Eureka (TV series), is an American science fiction television series that premiered on Syfy on July 18, 2006.
- Caprica (TV series), is a science fiction drama television series. It is a spin-off prequel of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, taking place about 58 years prior to the events of Battlestar Galactica. Caprica shows how humanity first created the robotic Cylons who would later plot to destroy humans in retaliation for their enslavement. Among Caprica's main characters are the father and uncle of Commander William Adama from the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. An extended version of the pilot premiered exclusively on DVD and digital download on April 21, 2009. The first season debuted on January 22, 2010 on Syfy in the U.S., Space in Canada, and Sky1 in the U.K.
- Warehouse 13, is an American fantasy television series that premiered on July 7, 2009 on the Syfy network.
- Falling Skies is an American dramatic television series created and produced by Robert Rodat and Steven Spielberg. The series picks up six months into a world devastated by an alien invasion.
- Alphas, is an American science fiction dramatic television series created by Zak Penn and Michael Karnow. The series follows a group of people with superhuman abilities, known as 'Alphas', as they work to prevent crimes committed by other 'Alphas'. The series is broadcast in the United States on the cable channel SyFy and is a co-production between BermanBraun and Universal Cable Productions. It premiered on July 11, 2011.
- Torchwood, is a British science fiction television programme created by Russell T Davies. A spin-off from the 2005 revival of long-running science fiction programme Doctor Who, Torchwood aired four series between 2006 and 2011. The show shifted its broadcast channel each series to reflect its growing audience, moving from BBC Three to BBC Two to BBC One, and acquiring US financing in its fourth series when it became a co-production of BBC One and Starz. In contrast to Doctor Who, whose target audience includes both adults and children, Torchwood is aimed at an older audience. Over its run, the show explored a number of themes; prominent among these were existentialism, gay and bisexual relationships, and explorations of human corruptibility.
- [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alias_(TV_series) Alias (TV series)], is an American spy-action television series created by J. J. Abrams, which was broadcast on ABC for five seasons, from September 30, 2001, to May 22, 2006. It stars Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, a double-agent for the Central Intelligence Agency posing as an operative for SD-6, a worldwide criminal and espionage organization. The main theme of the series explores Sydney's obligation to conceal her true career from her friends and family, even as she assumes multiple aliases to carry out her missions. These themes are most prevalent in the first two seasons of the show. A major plotline of the series is the search for and recovery of artifacts created by Milo Rambaldi, a fictitious Renaissance-era figure with similarities to both Leonardo da Vinci and Nostradamus. This plot and some technologies used in the series place Alias into the genre of science fiction. The series was well received among critics and has been included in several "best of" lists. Alias was in the American Film Institute's top ten list for television programs in 2003. The show also received numerous awards and nominations.
- Poul Anderson
- Isaac Asimov
- Marion Zimmer Bradley
- Ray Bradbury
- Sir Arthur C. Clarke
- Philip K. Dick
- Jonathan Frakes
- Ursula K. Le Guin
- Aldous Huxley
- C.S. Lewis
- Yehuda Bezalel Loew
- George Orwell
- J.K. Rowling
- Carl Sagan
- J.R.R. Tolkien
- Jules Verne
- Kurt Vonnegut
- Andre Norton
- Piers Anthony
- Gene Roddenberry
- Sheri S. Tepper
- Julian May
- H. G. Wells
- Edgar Rice Burroughs - John Carter of Mars.
- The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper The Dark Is Rising is the name of a five-book series of children's contemporary fantasy novels published in 1965–1977.
- Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin A fictional realm.
- The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander A five-volume series of children's fantasy novels first published from 1964–1968.
- Trillium series A series of five fantasy novels by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Julian May, and Andre Norton set in the World of the Three Moons.
- Lyn McConchie, a native of New Zealand, has collaborated with Andre Norton on the Beast Master series.
Lists of Top 100 Science Fiction Books
- An Anglo-American Alliance, published in 1906, has been described as the first lesbian science fiction novel.
- SciFi-Movies - * movie titles
- SciFi and Fantasy Book Club - Goodreads
- List of science fiction authors
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