It’s been a bit since we did a Science Fiction Today post… so here’s a fun one. How about the end of the world?
Armageddon, the Apocalypse, Ragnarok, the Eschaton… these names and more could be thrown at it. I feel like I have grown up in an era when we’ve half expected the end – at the year 2000, in 2012, any number of times around and between. When we’re not expecting it for real, we seem to be thinking about it in fiction – in science fiction, in horror.
Maybe it’s the EMP Museum that got me thinking about it. They talked about how the current problems of the world tend to bleed into what happens in our horror stories – like the original Godzilla in the advent of the Atomic Age. So what are some of the things we’re worried about right now? Here’s my list of 5 ways the world could end!
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Tagged Apocalypse, Appeasement, Armageddon, climate change, Crimea, GMO, Godzilla, Independence Day, Lucifer's Hammer, Pandemic, The Day After Tomorrow, the end of the world, The Windup Girl, Ukraine, World War 3, X-Men, Zombies
We only just finished watching the first season of Revolution the other day, just in time for the new season to start. It raises some great questions about our modern world, and our dependence on electricity and power for just about everything.
This show fits really well with our whole subject of Science Fiction Today, the idea of taking our modern world, and taking it just a little bit into the future. They did it by adding in one element, or rather subtracting one – all the power. They went a little over-the-top, killing all power, even from independent generators or batteries, but then they actually did a pretty good job of explaining why. I’m happy to have watched the show to find out the explanation, and I recommend the show to you – check it out!
Since I am recommending Revolution, I am going to avoid spoilers, and talk more generally about our future in Power – will we have it, will we not? What does our future look like in either case?
Posted in Books, Science Fiction, Science Fiction Today, Science!, Tech, TV Shows
Tagged Avengers, Back to the Future, Doctor Who, Dystopia, Energy, Iron Man, Lucifer's Hammer, Recommendations, Revolution, SHIELD, Star Trek, TARDIS, The Way Things Work, Unobtainium, Utopia