It’s about Science Fiction. I am not a real literate about that, I don’t have a master degree or something. I just read it. A lot. Really, I read Sci-Fi since I was 7 and now I am 46, my first book was “Now you see it/him/them” by Gene DeWeese & Robert Coulson (it was the italian translation… At the time I could not read english. I am not really good at it now but I pretend I can do it slightly better!)
I saw my first Sci-Fi movie when I was the same age and it was “2001: A Space Odyssey” and I hope I don’t have to tell you what I am talking about, right?
So. My imprinting has been quite clear. I love hard Science Fiction. No puns, please. I don’t like the Star [something] things that much… I can understand the appeal and yes, I have seen some and even got a couple of DVD but my preferences are somewhere else.
Apart that, why I am so in love with Sci-Fi? Easy.
Because no matter what kind of Sci-Fi we are talking about, this awesome genre is the most inspiring one: it’s the kind of cinema, literature that pushes the boundaries always a little further.
Oops, did I said “a little”? HAHA! I was kidding. It breaks the boundaries. Sci-Fi is the most visionary art I’ve seen so far. The most explorative. It is not a casuality that it has a high number of subgenres: hard, inner, space opera, cyberpunk, social, steampunk, time travel, alternate history, military… We can go on and on, literally!
What made me sad, years ago, was that Sci-Fi got a really pessimistic turn. Everything became grim, obscure and dark. Also, what I really disliked was the message that we need a “higher help” in order to survive.
Lately, instead, I’ve noticed a change: movies like “Interstellar” and “Tomorrowland” seems to bring a way more optimistic message: WE, as human race, can help ourself to get out of troubles. Oh sure, we create those troubles! But we don’t need vague and undefined entities to grab us by the hair and save us. We have all the capabilities to save ourselves.
What a glorious message!! That is the boost I wanted to see from Science Fiction!! Not a naive “wait for someone to rescue us” but “let’s move and work together to save our asses”.
This is the purpose of Sci-Fi: to inspire action. Good action. To inspire creativity, to make people think that it is possible. I’ve seen and read things where the Future was nothing but a big dump of pain, waste and despair and I had enough of that.
That’s, after all, why I like the guys at decipherscifi. They always spread a sense of freshenss and optimism!
It happens also that some of the movies they review are some of my favorites! But hey… “Great minds think alike”, right?
Well, that’s what I wanted to say to you. Now you know why it would have been difficult to write it on a mobile…
Have a nice day, guys! And keep being so wonderful!