Top 3 in Speculative Fiction Movies I Like

Speculative Fiction includes all stories that take place in a setting contrary to known reality.

Speculative Fiction. I just love speculative fiction. Speculative fiction SF is not just science fiction. It is much much broader than that. It covers science fiction, fantasy fiction, horror fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history.

Speculative fiction also know as speculative literature commonly about the world... but unlike the real world. Take for example the alternate history... it is about our world but with a slight twist like "what if Hitler never was born". It could be about time travel were somebody saves Abraham Lincoln. What would the world be then. :-) Pure speculation with elements of truth. Reading speculative fiction is like a time machine. You get a glimpse of the future before others. Yes!

How many speculations have become truths?

GATTACA - A world of SuperMan

This is about liberal eugenics. It is about a world where people have been divided into valids and invalids. Children are born with the best genes possible using genetics. However some have conceived without the aid of technology thereby producing offspring with genetic defects. These are the invalids. The gattaca world is about genetic discrimination.

What if this world becomes a reality and you find yourself an in-valid. I enjoyed this movie. It open up so many possibilities and what-ifs? Even now our world is suffering from many forms of discrimination. And you and I my friend is guilty of at least one form... we still do not know it yet. :-)

Here's a more detailed spoiler: (ahahahahaha!!! From Wiki)

In “the not-too-distant future”, where liberal eugenics is common and DNA plays the primary role in determining social class, Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) is conceived and born without the aid of this technology. As a result he is born with a high probability of heart disorder and a life expectancy of only 30.2 years.  more on wiki

MOON  A Film By Duncan Jones; Starring Sam Rockwel
MOON A Film By Duncan Jones; Starring Sam Rockwel

MOON - Humanity

This movie is set in a world where energy is almost free. A power company owns 75% percent of the power source of the entire world. they do this by using fusion and mining Helium 3 in the far side of the moon. The owns a base their and has one employee to run the lunar base.

The entire story revolves around this employee, Sam Bell, who is nearing the end of his contract. However, an unforeseen accident happens which created the main plot of the story. Sam Bell's lunar rover is crushed by a helium 3 harvester. He wakes up on the base infirmary with his robot Gerty. Then he stumbles upon Gerty having a live communication with Earth which should not happen since a solar storm should have destroyed the relay satellite. Banking on hi suspicion... he fools Gerty on letting him out of the base. He promptly goes back to the accident site and finds another Sam Bell, alive, on the lunar rover...

Who ever said that science fiction under speculative fiction should be all about the clashing of light sabers and robot out to kill mankind. Believe me most the best speculative fiction exist between your ears. What your read is just a form of stimulation. Take this moon movie... it should be boring... but it isn't. Watching it is like have a novel you can't put down. It's very original, claustrophobic... yes, but very human.

Want me to go on? Really? Watch the trailer I provided here or just buy the movie in amazon and take a break from Hubbing. :-)

District 9 - Discrimination

This is the most recent speculative movie I've watched. It is about discrimination of man on aliens. Most critics have said that it kind of parodies the current political climate of the world. However I don't see it that way. I see it as pure speculative fiction. What if an alien species gets marooned on Earth? Think about the technology and social turmoil it will bring. Think about the religions and beliefs it will disrupt. Think about the technology. Speculate to your hearts content. That's speculative fiction.

Have you ever thought what you would do when you wake up in the morning and find a real light saber on your bed? Speculate man. Ahahahahahaha!!!

Ok. Back to District 9. Here we have a a marooned alien species given sanctuary by Earth but actually more of concentration camp. The aliens have become unruly and uncontrollable that they are to be relocated into a new camp. Our protagonist, Wikus van de Merwe, gets infected with a chemical that slowly changes his DNA to that of the aliens. This change made him the only human on Earth to operate the Alien weapon technology.

His company wanted to vivisect him to get his genes. But he overpowers the doctors and hides in District 9. This is really tiring. I'm really not used to writing in English.n Ahahahahaha!!! You can read about it here.

I see District 9 as sci-fi thriller that has successfully broken out of the contemporary sci-fi paradigm, you know of the likes of star trek and star wars.  I mean District 9 makes you think.  Robert Heinlein would be proud of District 9.  Its completely a breath of fresh air. :-)

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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Saw Gattaca but not the other two. Might head on to Quiapo or Makati Cinema Square for copies - LOL.

I kind of like Blade Runner, if it qualifies to the subcategory. Cool hub. :D


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needful things 7 years ago from Poland Author

Ahahahaha!!! Piracy is the revenge of the third world. Diba?


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

But I'm nowhere near being vengeful, just financially challenged!


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needful things 7 years ago from Poland Author

Same here. Same here...


elliot.dunn 7 years ago

i loved both moon and district 9. two superbly well done films.


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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

hi I like Moon, good choice of SF movies... hey needful things check my hub on Pacquiao!Salamat, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

hey needful, I came by and greet you Maligayang Pasko, Maita


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NS Whiteside 3 years ago from Shorewood, IL

Thanks for the summaries Needful. Haven't yet seen Moon, but now its in my Netflix queue.


Olga 21 months ago

Thanks Julie. I feel that it's a blessing as well (most of the time). Once I get the story to the level I want it at, I'm even going to use some ttreusd readers for feedback. I like wordpress much more

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