My love of sci-fi books, films and TV shows is only a recent thing. I mean, I’ve always been more or a fairy tale romance/fantasy type of gal. Although I have always loved Star Wars and the possibility of life somewhere out there in the ‘verse. It is only over the past few months that I have started to become a serious sci-fi nerd (almost every sci-fi TV show/book I come across immediately goes on my to be read to to watch lists).
There are a number of reasons that I have grown to love sci-fi so much. The first and most obvious is the limitless possibilities it represents. Sci-fi stories can be set in the past, in the future, on different planets, on earth, on spaceships in entirely invented worlds and sometimes set within our own world within history. It can be dystopian and utopian. It can encompass history, young adult, fantasy, crime, noir, erotica and mystery genre elements (the list here is literally endless). It is this unlimited ability to explore ideas, to reflect upon our own world and to make the unimaginable imaginable which gives the sci-fi genre its unique capability.
Take Ursula K. Le Guin for instance – in her novel The Left Hand of Darkness she uses sci-fi to explore the concept of having no gender and the implications that has on society and the way such a society views the world. It is revolutionary ideas such as these that are testament not only to the power sci-fi has as a genre but to the power of storytelling as a whole.
It is little wonder then, that sci-fi narratives have also had a large influence on the way we perceive the world around us. It has even influenced various inventions. Check out this article for just a few examples of where inventions have been influenced by sci-fi narratives.
Need I provide more evidence for why I have fallen so deeply for the sci-fi genre? It is little wonder there has been such an influx of sci-fi books, movies and television shows recently. Just look at some of the upcoming cinema releases for proof.
In the meantime, for those of you who are looking for more sci-fi I’m including a list of some of my current favourites as well as a list of sci-fi films and television shows which I highly recommend.
Why? Ass kicking female leads. AI. Disease. Young Adult romance. Unique format.
Why? Weird alien lifeforms. Great world building. Interesting and diverse characters.
Why? Thought provoking sci-fi narrative. Short and powerful read.
Why? Diverse alien characters. Reflects upon ideas/issues within our own world.
Sci-fi TV shows
Why? Exploration of technology and alien lifeforms. Interesting characters.
Why? Great characters. Mystery/noir elements. Alien lifeforms. Cool technology.
Why? Space cowboys. Need I say more?
Why? Heartwarming story of survival.
Why? Beautiful cinematography. Explores language/time.
Why? Heartwarming sci-fi romance.
Why? A story about survival, exploration time and space.
Do I need a reason why? Great plot. Great world building. If you haven’t seen it – you are missing out.
Are you a sci-fi lover like me? What are some of your favourite sci-fi narratives? Let me know in the comments below.