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.
The Asian cinema has unique style and unique approach that can be hardly compared to any other cinematography in the world. Horror movies from Japan or South Korea are on the completely different level than anything USA or Europe has ever produced. This time the Hong Kong director with colourful name Fruit Chan made the film adaptation of the online novel "Lost on a Red Mini Bus to Taipo".
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 concept of time travel is hardly something new, even in cinema the time travellers were present from almost beginning of that medium, but among titles linked with time travel Back to the Future stands out as one of the all time classics. Why? There is no easy answer to that question - perhaps the concept, perhaps the right mixture of science fiction and comedy, perhaps the well chosen cast... Something must have worked for this production otherwise it would not gained a cult following.
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.
Whole population of tiny town in New Mexico dies in curious circumstances - some of them just fell down in the middle of the street, others while finishing their breakfasts, some even taking a bath. Scientific team is sent to investigate and to their amazement they find two people still alive - a toddler and elderly alcoholic.
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.
When movie The Mist made it big in box office the producers were already thinking of making some extra money on the idea. Funny enough they came up with concept that they could stretch the novel into a TV series. Sounds like the worst idea since "let's turn Hobbit into trilogy", right? Not funny enough they actually broadcasted the TV series 10 years after the movie premiere and what can I say... Swing and mist...?
In a world devastated by the global corporations most of the people are struggling to survive in the desert-like conditions. The only people, who take revenge on the capitalist criminals are the bounty hunters, who hunt down the corporation executives and kill them for fame and money. The Drifter is considered to be the best bounty hunter, but woman called Mary Death gathers all the attention.
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.
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.