Wednesday, 22 June 2011

S is for... Science Fiction!

Okay, so Blogger is playing silly buggers this morning, which makes putting photos in posts difficult. Just as well I don't really have any for this A to Z update.

Science Fiction often goes hand in hand with Fantasy. You'll see them lumped together in all sorts of places, most obviously in book and DVD shops. But they are actually pretty different. Lumping them together kind of assumes that if you like one, you obviously like the other as well.

Now, while I do like a bit of science fiction, I'm nowhere near as rabidly obsessed with it as I am fantasy. Especially with books. I have hardly read any science fiction novels. I think I could probably count them on one hand, and even then the list would include things that aren't really proper science fiction, like the Red Dwarf Omnibus. I tried to read War of the Worlds once, after my brother gave it to me for Christmas, and I got halfway through before I gave up. Similarly, I haven't read all of Douglas Adams's Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, either. I don't know what it is, but for some reason science fiction books don't fire my imagination in the same way fantasy novels do.

I do enjoy science fiction on the big screen, though. Quite a few of my favourite movies would be classed in this genre. I loved Equilibrium, for example. The recent run of superhero movies, quite a few of those are classed as science fiction. X-Men, Transformers, Iron Man and Avatar to name a few of my favourites. But the classics, I'm not so hot on. I didn't see Star Wars until I was seventeen, and I refused to watch the new movies for years because they spoiled my 19th birthday party plans (The Phantom Menace was released around my birthday, and the day of my party was the same day the SF&F Society decided to do a cinema trip, so hardly anyone was around to drink with me). I don't really see what all the fuss is about, with Star Wars. The idea is alright, but the movies themselves... well, they're pretty dull, aren't they?

Sci-Fi is a genre which translates really well to TV. As a kid I loved The X-Files, I was obsessed with UFOs and aliens for years. I also loved to watch Star Trek: The Original Series, even though it is cheesy and camp and has terrible sets, and Kirk is constantly taking his shirt off to punch aliens in the face. The other Star Trek franchises are ok, The Next Generation was a pretty good follow up to the original, but I didn't really enjoy Deep Space Nine all that much, at least in the beginning. Now we are re-watching Voyager all the way through, and for the most part it is quite good. I had no interest in Enterprise, though, and haven't seen any of it. The new movie, however; instantly became one of my favourite movies ever. It's awesome.

Surprisingly, there aren't many Star Trek themed patterns in the Ravelry database. Maybe when I get more time (so probably next year, given the number of projects I've challenged myself to do during the Year of Blogging from July) I will design something fun. It could be a new challenge for next year's list!


  1. I haven't read much in the way of sci-fi either...but watching it, oh yes, please :) I live by watching things like Doctor Who and Torchwood...not so much a fan of Star Trek or Star Wars (I know, blasphemy...whatever).

    Oh well.

  2. Oh I love the Red Dwarf novels! I always preferred Star Trek Voyager to any of the others (never saw the point of DS9 at all) 

  3. ooh yes, totally failed to mention Doctor Who! I never watched it as a kid, I only started watching with David Tennant. So I'm not as crazy about it as other folks, but I do enjoy it. Torchwood was surprisingly watchable.

  4. The only DS9 episode that I really, really love is the one with the tribbles, where they go back in time and they're in the original series tribble episode.

  5. Nice post! I haven't read too much SciFi, but I'm into Star Wars. I prefer reading fantasy although I've only scratched the surface of what's out there. 

    I just watched the new Star Trek movie last weekend and started it again last night, it was amazing! It's on my favorite movie list now. 

  6. I think what I loved about the Star Trek movie was that it appealed to everyone. If you were a Trekkie, it had loads of really nice touches that made it extra cool; but if you had never seen Star Trek before, it was just a really awesome movie.

  7. I don't understand the Star Wars thing at all -- and I married someone who was REALLY into it (before Lucas pulled those "recent" three movies from who-knows-where). . .

    I am far more Trek fan than anything else where it comes to Sci Fi.  I "grew up" with Next Generation but I find as I get older, I would much rather watch the original series.
    It's a shame about the lack of patterns on Ravelry.  My hubby has begged me to crochet him a Starship Enterprise (because I'm so great at making patterns, ha NOT). . .  I told him I'd make him Captain Picard socks instead.  Have you seen these?

  8. I watched one season of a Star Trek series; I can't remember.  It was pretty good.  I grew up on the three, Star Wars classics; they totally rock for me.
    I don't read any sci-fi books but in middle school I got hooked on Robotech, the American version of the Japanese anime, Macross.  I have all the comics and the paperbacks!
    Be cool for you to design some Star Trek.  The young Spock in that new movie is super hot!


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