Sci-fi genre losing its thunder?

Jump to Last Post 1-3 of 3 discussions (5 posts)
  1. Veroniquebee profile image73
    Veroniquebeeposted 6 years ago

    Sci-fi genre losing its thunder?

    Me and my family always spent quite a lot of our time with our noses stuck in a book. Our book collection contains quite a lot of sci-fi, mostly the older authors from all around the world (well, mostly the Central and Eastern European authors, now that I think of it). It just seems to all of us that the new sci-fi books lack any novel thoughts. Is it because there are no more themes to write about, or do the authors choose to write about what already proved to be successful?

  2. Kolyn Marshall profile image61
    Kolyn Marshallposted 6 years ago

    I am a huge sci-fi fan! I love reading Wells, Asimov, and Clark, to name a few. Even the commercial writers are fun (D. C. Fontana and Peter David are but a few). These writers took the human condition from the here-and-now and placed it in the "what-if" condition. What if man could actually reach the moon? What if it were possible to carry a phone with you? What if nature fought back?

    Inspiration for these writers came from the world around them. Most lived during times of great change - social as well as economical. The future was an unknown and few "leaders" were considering what the consequences of their actions could be. Science Fiction became that mode for the populous to voice their concerns, to explore the what-if without scrutiny.

    Society cycles. We move from periods of struggle to periods of rest. When we "rest" we are trying to drum up something which requires a struggle. Humans are funny creatures...we are never happy and are constantly seeking a new challenge - even when we think we don't want one.

    Writing follows that cycle as well. What was once forward thinking is moving more towards backwards wandering. We've reached the age of cell phones, space travel, and looking beyond our own galaxy. The struggles we face on Earth no longer can be solved by looking ahead. For most of us we've reached the "future" we once dreamed about. What we can do, though, is look behind us and see where we've been.

    Enter the age of Steampunk. Shows like Warehouse 13 show us that not everything is solved by what is to come. The goal of the sci-fi writer is the same as it always has been - to show us how things could be. Instead of the topic being 100 years in the future it's now 100 years in the past. What have we learned? What did we get right? What did we get wrong?

    Sci-fi writers will always push the envelope and explore areas normally left untouched. Today's writers are doing the same as they always have. What's changed, I think, is the setting and the voice.

    New, younger writers are taking their world and bending it, twisting it, and exploring it just as their forefathers did. The world is changing.

    But, fear not, Buck Rogers and Captain Kirk will always be around and sci-fi writers will continue to keep reality in check.

  3. M. T. Dremer profile image93
    M. T. Dremerposted 6 years ago

    I think the sci fi of old is losing a bit of thunder, but that the genre as a whole is on the rise. Look at two of the three top grossing movies of all time. One is Avatar and the other is the Avengers. Both of which are science fiction. People still enjoy these stories that take us beyond our world, it's just that those stories have changed a bit over time. Super heroes are more popular now than traditional alien storylines, and many new sci fi narratives are incorporating elements of fantasy. Giving worlds magic in addition to technology. Sub-genres are also stepping up like steampunk. So, I would say that the genre is changing more than it is weakening, but I do understand where you're coming from. It feels like a lot of the great writers in the genre are being forgotten.

    1. Kolyn Marshall profile image61
      Kolyn Marshallposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      What constitutes "sci-fi" these days? I agree there is a shift, but is it getting broader or narrower?

    2. M. T. Dremer profile image93
      M. T. Dremerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      In my mind, sci fi is any story where advanced technology (stuff we don't have yet) or alien worlds, are an important part of the plot. So, I think it's getting broader, but one could make the argument that it's being spread too thin.

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)