Truth in Fiction  

reverend21 49M
1017 posts
4/21/2006 10:26 pm

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Truth in Fiction

If you have read my blog, you know I am a big fan of Sci-Fi. Just finished watching a favorite since childhood, Dr. Who. If you have never watched it, you should, it's a great show, one of the best things imposted from the UK. Now if I can just find Red Dwarf I'll be getting my British Sci-Fi fix. Any way, this episode was about how the news can affect the world. The right broadcast at the right time can close borders, affect the stock market, and change the outcome of an election. A lot of fact in this. Public opinion is easy to sway, take for instance the "scientific" studies on sacran and second hand smoke. They put 18 ounces of sacran in a 2 ounce mouse, wow the mouse the sacran must have done it. Second hand smoke, a rat in a 1 foot sqaure box, 99 parts smoke, 1 part oxygen. But the news did not report how these findings were approached. Sci-Fi is full of facts, look at Star Trek, the entire universe is modeled after world politics. The federation is America, the Klingons, were the Russians. think about it, have you noticed any of these paraleels?

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
4/22/2006 3:51 am

God did i hate Dr Who and star trek and those planet of the ape people ,,goose bumps just thinking about those

I'm a

i'm here to stay

reverend21 replies on 4/22/2006 7:43 am:
hey, sci-fi is not for everybody

TabithaElectra79 38F

4/22/2006 6:34 am

I wouldn't say I was hugely into sci-fi, but I have to agree with you on Red Dwarf, I love that, it is so funny!

reverend21 replies on 4/22/2006 7:44 am:
Yep, I miss Cat, he was too cool!

ArgosPlumyKooky 45F
3902 posts
4/22/2006 11:28 am

did not watch much, maybe a few times. . . but when i did i paid attention to the visuals. . .so distracting i don't know what they were actually talking about. . .

reverend21 replies on 4/22/2006 12:13 pm:
pretty colors!


4/22/2006 1:55 pm

Beam me up Scottie

just a squirrel trying to get a nut

reverend21 replies on 4/22/2006 2:24 pm:
ok, I've got your beam handy

tillerbabe 56F

4/22/2006 5:19 pm

But of course...lets not forget "War of the Worlds" and the panic it unleashed!

reverend21 replies on 4/22/2006 8:05 pm:
Yep, the original radio broadcast that went off as a news broadcast

manoflemuncha 105M
39 posts
4/23/2006 9:30 am

Yes, oftentimes science fiction predicts the future...look at H. G. Wells' 19th century science fiction (SF) classics, The Time Machine (1895), The Island Of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897) and The War of the Worlds (189. Or Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1870).

The now popular SF movie, I Robot, was originally written by Isaac Asimov and published in 1950. Although I, Robot is sometimes referred to as a novel, it is actually a collection of short stories written over a ten-year period, all but one having appeared in Astounding SF magazine. In the original I, Robot, there are several characters that do appear in most of the stories, and Asimov also wrote connecting passages in order for them to have a more cohesive and episodic flow. In sum I, Robot tells (predicts) the history of U. S. Robots and mechanical men. Asimov went on to write more than 200 novels in his prolific career, one of my all time favorites being The Foundation Trilogy.

I had the good fortune of meeting Frank Herbert in the 1960s, and was pleasently surprised when he named the hero of Dune (1964), as well.

Of course, we shouldn't forget Arthur C. Clarke's classic SF novel/movie (196, 2001 A Space Odessey, Childhood's End (1953), or Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), or Harlan Ellison's contributions to Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Star Trek, The New Outer Limits, Babylon 5, my favorite "Repent, Harlequin!' said the Ticktockman," a celebration of civil disobedience against repressive authority, and "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream." Ray Bradbury also wrote for popular SF television shows, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone. You may recall his wildly successful SF classic, Fahrenheit 451 (1953) which followed in the tradition of George Orwell's classics 1984 and Animal Farm, wherein "Big Brother" controlled society while seizing and burning books--alike Nazi Germany.

Of course, while it is impossible to list all the notable SF predictions; in addition to predicting potential futures, SF predicts change, and explores the likely consequences. What's more, SF advises adaptability and open mindedness in the face of change amidst the seas of uncertainty. SF writers often employ thought experiments, and suggest how people will react to change before the change actually happens, and thus, provides a different perspective on our world, as well. Thus, SF authors see the future as a consequence of our present day. In this light, SF is also a vehicle for social analysis, as well as an opportunity to experiment with new concepts and their effects on humanity and the world.

reverend21 replies on 5/6/2006 8:16 pm:
tyhat's where macro mechanics comes into play

shar1 55F
606 posts
4/25/2006 9:59 am

Ok. I admit I love Sci Fi. I have all the Red DWarf on DVD, love all the Star Wars and have spent many days re watching Star Trek, and am currently reading a great book linking episodes of Star trek to myth and legends. I am the proud owner of a Trible, and have my com badges, my picture taken on the bridge of the Enterprise (Vegas experience) and use the picture of me with a ... Do you think I need help?

reverend21 replies on 5/6/2006 8:17 pm:
yep, I got those smeg heads on DVD too

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