This will sound very boorish and reveal the wastrel in me but I don't like to read science fiction--I like to watch it. I know I'm supposed to love The Left Hand of Darkness and all of Isaac Asimov, but I can't say that I do unless I lie (which I have). I want to be in the know about all things speculative, so I can converse with my older son and my husband, both of whom read Orson Scott Card and other writers who pull their characters from one end of the universes to the other. But I don't even listen to science fiction novels in the car, the place where I can revisit stories I couldn't read on the page.
Yet, ironically, those stories are my favorite to watch on the big screen and the small. Put me in front of a gigantic screen, throw in a few dozen aliens, time travel, black holes, spaceships and I'm in speculative fiction heaven. I love the spectacle of effects, even if they are cheesy. I love the notion that there is a lot of stuff out there that's interesting. I like the idea that we are not alone and keep trying to figure out who else is with us.
Anything that involves a ragtag band of travelers in outer space, and I'm a goner. In fact, my husband and I just mourned the death of an ill-watched but fabulous little Stargate franchise series that was canceled. Off the crew went to another galaxy, the crew in stasis, the lone hero left awake and alert to fix the broken thing-a-ma-gig. Will he make it into stasis and save himself? The world will literally never know.
Star Wars, Star Trek, ET, Alien (scary!), Battlestar Gallactica--it's all good. Just don't make me read it.
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