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Old 09-14-2009, 11:34 AM   #33
RonaldMontgomery
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My wife mocked me for watching Battlestar Galactica. The name "Starbuck" gave her such cruel delight.
But then she started watching, and then she'd get mad if I watched without her. BSG converted my wife, which is pretty amazing.

As a life-long scifi fan, I can tell you there are people who love hard scifi because it's HARD. They love the science and the abstract ideas, and they sneer at soft scifi -- it's just not chiseled and buff.
But I think the most enduring scifi are the stories about what it means to be human, and finding an optimistic note in all the mess. People struggling for a better tomorrow.
There's a large enough body of work out there to make a good argument against me...and Philip K. Dick is the nuclear option...but that's how I feel.

Two examples:

The Miracle Mile, the '90s movie with Anthony Edwards, is great -- BUT IT IS SO FREAKING DEPRESSING.

My favorite all-time scifi story is Theodore Sturgeon's Thunder and Roses. It's about love, and hope, and how large dramas are played out on tiny, tiny stages.
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