I love books. This is sort of an obvious statement considering my chosen career path is in the library. One thing I love the most about books and libraries is learning enough about books to help other people fall in love with them too. This is a constant learning process, and one of the ways to learn is to discover genres, their subgenres and the authors within them. So, I am going to share my path of discovery through the genres with all of you.
In the last genre blog, we looked into the genre of fantasy. Since fantasy is so closely related to science fiction, I figured that would be the perfect place to go next. So, today I have been learning about the genre of science fiction. Let’s delve right in, shall we?
If you’ve been reading my blog posts, I think it’s safe to say that you know I rather like science fiction, in all its forms. The world of science fiction films can be neatly divided into two eras: pre-Star Wars and post-Star Wars (1977). There is a second division, known only to true sci-fi film geeks: pre-Tron and post-Tron (1982).
It's 2011 and I Am Not Living on the Moon. What Happened?
When I was a kid, I envisioned a very different 21st Century than the one I currently find myself living in. The world just doesn’t develop in the way that we science fiction fans would prefer. Let's take a look at the world predicted by one of the greatest science fiction films of all time, 2001: A Space Odyssey. According to this movie, by now we would have the following:
Many people enjoy sci-fi and fantasy, but some people are not content to simply enjoy their favorite books, manga, TV shows, and movies. They want to bring these fictional worlds to life. Some want to become characters in their favorite fictional "universe." Some want to create their own artistic works within that "universe." Others gleefully bring the disparate "universes" together in mash-ups.