The name “science fiction” is a pretty good descriptor of the genre, if you want to think of it as two big pails for a novelist to fill. Bucket 1: science! Fun tech and gizmos to entertain and inspire. Bucket 2: fiction! Narrative and narrative and other engaging minds that make us laugh, weep, and consider what it means to be human. It’s amazing that one genre can bring us all that. But have you ever noticed some sci-fi does an incredible undertaking of the “fi” part — and thanks to that brilliant “fi”, we let a lot of weird “sci” whoosh right past us?
On this week’s episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Dan Hopper ( Cracked) and Moujan Zolfaghari ( Mission To Zyxx) for a trip-up down memory lane, into the future, when everyone WISHES they had tech half as large as WiFi. They’ll examine everything from ‘Minority Report’ to ‘Blade Runner’ to all generations of ‘Star Trek’, acquiring thingamajig after gizmo that’s lower-tech than what we have in real life, and dig into why sci-fi stories where things are supposed to be more advanced than today dismiss the actual lanes engineering advances.
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