“The book was better than the movie” is a common phrase every movie goer has heard when viewing book to movie adaptations. Yet that isn't always true. Sometimes, when a book is transformed to the screen, the moments you had to conjure up with your imagination are brought to life right before your eyes. Those monsters, characters and epic action scenes are even more intense and entertaining. Sci-fi book to movie adaptations are a popular evolution in the genre and allows the fans of the greatest authors to relive their favorite literature moments as they're brought to life by some of the most well known directors.
When people think about all the different animals that have been discovered on Earth, it's hard to pin down a standard "earth look" that we should expect of creatures. That being said, we definitely can tell when an animal looks alien to us.
Anthologies are published collections of poems or short stories, and while novels and long epics are firmly rooted in the science fiction tradition, some of the best sci-fi out there comes in the form of anthologies. Full-length novels like Dune, The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, and Ender’s Game are essential to the science fiction canon, but many of the most famous sci-fi writers have created memorable short stories as well. If you’re looking to expand your sci-fi reading list without committing to longer works, here are some of the greatest sci-fi anthologies to check out.
When they engaged me to do a piece on Greatest Science Fiction Battles, I was not only honored but sweaty with fear. I eyeballed my anxiety meds, but knew that wasn't the answer. Rather, I asked for an extra shot of espresso in my coffee then texted a friend to chew her fingernails as my surrogate, since mine were cut too short, and then I asked for proof via Instagram that she was doing it (but she ignored me).
With Star Wars: The Last Jedi fast approaching, it is clear that the Star Wars universe will be expanding and growing in the next years to come. However, for many growing up in the 80s and 90s in the aftermath of Return of the Jedi, the future of the Galaxy Far, Far Away looked far less than glamorous.
It's a passion we share, you and I. Low quality science fiction films, movies so bad that they're fun to watch, mock, and over time, come to love intensely. It's the reason you're here.
Science fiction is full of rivalries, of enemies, of villains, but frenemies--the sort of characters who are at once friend and foe--are less common. It is hard to find two characters who are at once locked in combat and embroiled in passionate friendship.
Science fiction can be wacky, especially when weird theories about existence get thrown into the mix. Some sci-fi prides itself on its grounded adherence to scientific law. Hard sci-fi, as it is sometimes called, obeys the laws of theoretical physics (think the Mars Trilogy, Moon, or, recently, Arrival). Other times, writers play fast and quick with the laws, don't explain what is happening, and hope that the audience will suspend disbelief so they can join them on a wild ride. Sometimes, audiences don't mind this (do we really understand how the Death Star can blow up a whole planet? Or care?), but sometimes writers try to justify what's happening with "science." The weird sci-fi theories these writers create range from sound and plausible to so abstract and bizarre that the audience just sits back, slack jawed, and asks "What the hell am I watching?"
Dark fantasy is a genre that's as addictive as it gets. There's something about the dark, morbid, and twisted allure of these books that gets people hooked instantly. This genre is one filled with vampires, dystopian worlds, and high strangeness at every corner.
If you ask me, no single genre of literature ever really comes close to the aesthetic awesomeness that science fiction does. Sci-fi illustrators seem to have an innate ability to make a book's fantastic scenery come to life and make you want to dive into that strange world.
Some years ago, I had the idea of grading science fiction according to the degree of scientific realism. It was very obvious to me that, for example, the Discovery One spaceship in 2001 A Space Odyssey was far more realistic than the Star Destroyers, X-Wings, and Tie-Fighters of Star Wars.
Most gearheads will tell you that they love a car that has customized tires, top rated engines, and a suspension setup that can handle even the roughest roads. But, among car enthusiasts, there's another point of admiration that they very rarely will discuss.