Back in 1995 Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins wrote first of the "Left Behind" books that dealt with the end of the world, but it was made with the Christian approach to the theme. Surprisingly the novels were popular even though they presented rather strong and even risque views.
The 2005 Dmitry Glukhovsky published a novel called Metro 2033 that was telling the story of young man, one of the survivors of nuclear war that left Moscow devastated, who sets into the dark tunnels of the metro system to save the people he lives with on one of the stations. The basic concept was rather simple - the surface was destroyed and radioactive, so the only place where people could have survived were the subway stations.
In recent years two themes have dominated sci-fi genre - either superheroes and CGI filled productions for the kids or post-apocalyptic reality productions for adults. Canadian Radius is refreshingly original film in that company - you canâ€™t really pigeon-hole it to one genre.
Back in 1987 Patrick Swayze was at the peak of his career - after success of Red Dawn, North and South and filming Dirty Dancing (that also premiered in 1987) he could have choose any project he wanted. He did not choose wisely by signing up for Steel Dawn, that's for sure.
The Roadside Picnic by Boris Strugatsky and Arkady Strugatsky inspired many other artists, including game developers, to create their own versions of the Zone - the place where there are as many treasures as dangers and where the ultimate dreams can became the truth... or the life could end in painful and senseless way. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. trilogy developed by Ukrainian studio GSC Game World became the most remembered off-springs of The Roadside Picnic.
The usual story, presented in usual way - there is a horrible danger that could destroy Earth or at least kill all the human beings on it, but there is one person (or group of scientists) that is/are the only hope. Where have you seen it? Of course in low budget scifi / horror flicks from 1950s or 1960s. And now in Hollywood blockbusters.
After Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light the Ukrainian 4A Games is planning to publish next game from the series, Metro Exodus, in 2018. In June 2017 first gameplay trailer was presented and it looks like the next game could use slogan "Metro, this time without the boring underground bits".
Boris and Arkady Strugatsky created plenty of great scifi novel, most recognized of their works is of course the Roadside Picnic that gave beginning to whole saga of video games, movies and books about the Zone. Their stories, similar to other great authors, like Stanislaw Lem or Philip K. Dick, were using the alternative of the far future or alternative reality to raise questions about our own identity or our own existences.
What would you do if the new leader of government in your country would turn out to be a racist, who hate everyone who isn't just like him? Let's just pretend that it is fiction and not our reality, let's pretend that the leader does not abuse his power, let's pretend that he does not try to push the mindless propaganda and cover his mistakes. Such unusual times call for unusual hero - someone who knows the evil, so he can defeat evil.
Steven Spielberg was responsible for many great movies, but case of Minority Report he took poor quality script and turned it into over 2-hour-long piece of rubbish. Which is a shame since original story, written by Philip K. Dick, was rather interesting. But that's Hollywood for you - the original script to Minority Report was developed as sequel for Total Recall, which in itself was a dumb idea.
Sci-Fi Blog - even though science fiction started before 20th century a lot of people don't realize how vast and rich this genre really is. In United States many people associate sci fi with the Marvel comics and superhero stories, while the core of the science fiction is in the reaching for the future and exploring not only space, but also ourselves.
Wasteland - the final frontier... for logic
Story of the Zone