Are we now Post Sci-Fi?

Sci-fi has made many predictions about the future, but did any of them forecast that in the early years of the 21st century everyone would be watching … sci-fi? Our TV screens are filled with Dr Who, Lost and now FlashForward. Each summer brings more blockbusters in the Lord of the Rings and Star Trek vein, and a flood of superhero franchises. In comics and video games, sci-fi is the norm. It’s not just part of mainstream culture, it is arguably the dominant cultural expression of the early 21st century.

Read more at The Guardian book blog.


Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

One thought on “Are we now Post Sci-Fi?

  1. Damien, have just gotten a chance to read this peice in the Guardian from last weekend. Excellent comments. It’s quite interesting the apparent disparity between those who watch SciFi (perhaps why that channel decided it needed to change it’s name to SyFy) or other types of Speculative Fiction on Television or some films, often without even realising it, and between those who are avid readers of the genre. Although, I am someone who does both. I love SF tv no matter how silly but my reading tastes are usually a bit more discerning when it comes to Speculative Fiction.



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