Topic: The SCIFI Thread! :) (not about the TV channel)
I've been kicking around this idea since listening to the Dredd commentary as to what makes good science fiction and what is poor science fiction. Teague discussed a good starting point for creating new science fiction is to theorize a world and then make an argument against it.
Science fiction is an interesting piece of work, because it can take many different forms. So, to start this thread out, feel free to define what you consider to be good or bad science fiction and any examples you would like to share.
I'll start with my own. I think that good science fiction fuels your imagination to consider possibilities beyond our own world. It can also comment on the human condition through these new worlds, but I don't feel that it has to have that to be successful. I consider some of the best science fiction to be works that challenge the reader to imagine the world, rather than providing all the details.
Examples of my own personal favorites (its a long list)
"Legends of the Star Wolf" by veteran Star Trek writer David Gerold
"Space Cadet" "Starship Troopers" "Tunnel in the Sky" by Robert Heinlein
"Dune" by Frank Herbert
"Mars" by Ben Bova
Feel freed to add on. Movies are obviously welcome too, but that's an even longer list
Edit: Clarified the title
Last edited by fireproof78 (2013-02-17 04:25:17)