Wednesday, February 17, 2010

[Stranded on a Distant Star]: That 70's show

Actually, we could say those 70's and 80's shows.

When talking about sci-fi I can get into there's a few broad eras of sci-fi:
  • 40's camp sci-fi serials of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers
  • Sword and Planet novels (Burroughs' John Carter and Venus novels)
  • 50's and 60's serious sci-fi, of magazines like Galaxy Science Fiction and radio shows like X-Minus One (and Star Trek and the Twilight Zone, both of which ripped off X-Minus One to a degree that is not at all funny)
  • 70's and 80's space opera, which borrowed a bit from all these: Star Wars, Space: 1999, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers in the 25th century, Black Hole
  • 80's sci-fi movies that aren't space operas: Terminator, Alien, Blade Runner
Now, those of you who are science fiction fans, will notice this list leaves out HUGE swaths of sci-fi, in fact, it probably leaves out 95% of all sci-fi in the world.

But this is the sci-fi that speaks to me, stories of high adventure set in a universe whose physical laws only apply when they're cool.

These are influences you will see, for better or worse, in Stranded on a Distant Star.

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