Hi, everyone. I recently went to see the movie Gravity. I can see how some people might think the movie was a little slow (like my boys who like action), but I loved it. What I loved the most was the depictions of the current technology. I’m not saying I did not have any quibbles – but I was willing to forgive a lot to see current space technology on the big screen. That, I LOVED.
So much of SF is set so far in the future, or with such a overdone array of technology (hypergates etc – or worse still just arriving at planets lightyears away in a few months with no explanation) that it works to reinforce the expectation that space is only exciting when we manage to reach that far-flung level of (unlikely) advancement.
What I loved about Gravity was that they successfully created story tension with a credible current day scenario. In this way it is unique and an important landmark for SF.
A huge portion of Earth’s population watched the first Apollo Moon landing – while the last hardly rated a footnote in papers. It is vitally important that as storytellers we capture the imagination of the world at large & show them how exciting the next few steps into space can be. The more involvement we can get, the more participation from the world at large in new space ventures the better.
What did people think about Gravity? Anyone got any plans for near-future SF stories?