The Real History of Scifi on BBCA (1 Viewer)

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From Star Wars to 2001: A Space Odyssey, and from Jurassic Park to Doctor Who, each program is packed with contributors behind these creations and traces the developments of Robots, Space, Invasion and Time. Narrated by Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who writer, actor, and co-creator of the BBC’s Sherlock, the series determines why science fiction is not merely a genre… for its audience it’s a portal to a multi-verse – one that is all too easy to get lost in.


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Sep 7, 2003
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
I hadn't noticed this thread before. The promo states "Based on science and embellished by fantasy." This is science fantasy, not science fiction. Actually a lot of what people call science fiction is really fantasy. The two have been confused for so long that most people don't know the difference. Science fiction is a fictional story using the leading edge of science of the time as a vehicle to advance the fictional story. Star Wars is a fantasy from the very first words on the screen to the very end where the princess awards medals to the heroes at the castle. This is an opinion. This is what it is. The entire structure of the story is fantasy. The space setting has nothing to do with science. It is a very good, entertaining fantasy set in space. But it is a fantasy non-the-less. Same goes for Dr. Who. Essentially, just because it has a monster, space alien, or it's is set in space, or another planet doesn't mean the story is a science fiction story.

Real science fiction is so rare that most have a hard time identifying it. You want "real" science fiction? The movie "Her" is 100% science fiction. Not one single laser blaster. No fight scenes. No monsters. No space aliens. No paranormal activity. None of that is required for a good sci-fi story. The story is a study of human interaction with technology that could happen eventually.

Science fiction is not the same as fantasy, horror, action-adventure (whether set in space or not), or paranormal (ghost) stories.


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Too bad I missed eps 1-3. Maybe they'll rerun or put it online.

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