As it turns out, science fiction is a great educational tool for getting people to think seriously about the future. Imagining a world with actual people in it forces you to create not just the technologies of the future but societies with blind spots and ethical challenges.
Robinson's story is gripping, funny, and rich with vivid characters. It describes a possible future in such vivid and exciting ways you can't wait for it to arrive. But Robinson doesn't just spell out future possibilities; he inhabits them.
Literature fans love "encounters" with living or dead authors. These might involve seeing novelists at book signings, listening to them give a talk, or visiting homes/museums connected with famous authors of the past.
When the Battlestar Galactica prequel show wasn't picked up by SyFy, it became a painful reality that there are no adventures in outer space on the tube. Here are just a few reasons as to why we need a Star Trek TV show. Paramount executives, please listen up.
Flying cars, Rosie the robot housekeeper, moon colonies and the like would all be lovely. But I would rather have made more progress toward decency and equality and kindness and humanity than we seem to have made.
"Misfits," "The Fades," "Being Human" and "Lost Girl" allow viewers to escape into a different reality and imagine what it would be like to have special powers or a heroic destiny. I liked one of these shows a lot, and I fell a little in love with another.
While his animated version in Puss in Boots holds broader appeal, the more perverse skin Antonio Banderas wears in The Skin I Live In is drawing a very different kind of audience. Both, however, are equally passionate about leather, knives and fur.