The movies have made millions out of science fiction. Lots of B grade movies from the 50's and 60's, and classics like "Planet of the Apes", or "Star wars", and dozens of alien, android, or mutant movies never fail to have me glued to my seat.
But the real magic is in the written word. Jules Verne and H.G. Wells were the granddaddies of the Sci-Fi genre, visionaries of their times. And then there was collosus called Isaac Asimov. The brilliant Phillip K. Dick (who died much too young) wrote superb stories like "The man in the high castle", "Do androids dream of electric sleep" (which inspired the superb film "Bladerunner"), VALIS or "A scanner darkly" (and that movie better be good). That, to me, was science fiction at it's best. And many, many writers continue to churn out the good stuff by the bagful.
And for all you aspiring writers out there, that intrepid blogger Selva at The scientific Indian has put together the absolutely fantastic Scian Science Fiction contest short story contest. It's open for all Indian bloggers, who can write science fiction, think they can, or want to write some.
What's more, there are real monetary prizes to be won too (and darn good money at that)!
So, do boldy go where few Indians have gone before.
I do look forward to reading the good stuff.
The Scian Science fiction contest.
Very true stuff ... I'm hoping "A Scanner Darkly" is great, and most of the advance word I've seen indicates it will be .. unfortunately, such subversive stuff doesn't play in my little corner of the world, so I'll have to wait for DVD
I hope you get to see it soon. I plan to watch it in the next few days, if possible.
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