What makes science fiction so great? The answer is not so evident as you might think.

I am pretty terrified as today I came across probably the best science fiction genre descriptions ever.

“Science Fiction is a genre where the component parts are often more interesting than the whole. My blog is a prime example of this – I often post images from movies which aren’t really ‘great’ but the stylings and aesthetics often are – case in point here with the USS Cygnus from the Disney movie The Black Hole.” (Simotron)

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“I’ve re-watched the movie a few times and yeah, it’s not great but there are a lot of great things about it. The soundtrack by John Barry (of James Bond fame) is excellent, epic and ominous – check out the theme here and a personal fave ‘Durant is Dead‘ – the moment in the film where it gets really dark and urgent.

The effects – while often pretty shonky have some real stand-out elements – the backdrops star-fields are often a luminous dark blue, more like the depths of the ocean than the standard cover-up-the-wires black and the main ship – the USS Cygnus is pretty much unique in science-fiction in it’s design – like a flat, Gothic oil-rig – or sometimes described as a Cathedral.

It’s completely different from the flat-grey, battleship-style popularised by Star Wars (those built from Airfix kits) – it’s as if the ship doesn’t have a ‘surface’ at all and before it lights-up (from within) it’s completely black. If you check out the Japanese sci-fi art below you can also see that some attempt was made to reconcile the interior and exterior structure of the ship which is pretty rare. Looking at that diagram of the layout and knowing the film you can see that the crew’s movement around the ship actually makes sense.”

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Science-Fiction is a genre where the component parts are often more interesting than the whole. My blog is a prime example of this – I often post images from movies which aren’t really ‘great’ but the stylings and aesthetics often are – case in point here with the USS Cygnus from the Disney movie The Black Hole.

I’ve re-watched the movie a few times and yeah, it’s not great but there are a lot of great things about it. The soundtrack by John Barry (of James Bond fame) is excellent, epic and ominous – check out the theme here and a personal fave ‘Durant is Dead‘ – the moment in the film where it gets really dark and urgent.

The effects – while often pretty shonky have some real stand-out elements – the backdrops star-fields are often a luminous dark blue, more like the depths of the ocean…

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10 thoughts on “What makes science fiction so great? The answer is not so evident as you might think.

  1. The first time I saw that ship light up, I think my at the time very young mind must have exploded. I really can’t remember it well enough, as it was such a long time ago, but I do know that I loved that ship. Man, I really need to rewatch this soon. Probably will do that somewhere in November, after Halloween 😊

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    • This is what stories like these are made for ❤ I haven't seen the film, in fact. Or maybe I've seen it as a kid but forgot… But these images are simply gorgeous. I even read the plot! 😉

      By the way. I am having a hard time to remember what is the name of the movie I saw as a kid. I remember this.

      There is a space ship and there are some people there. Then there is an old man, who always wears gloves and then somebody pays attention to this strange habit and soon they found out that he is just a hologram.

      Can you help?

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      • Hmmm, I wish I could, but I can honestly say that really doesn’t ring any bells for me. I have even tried Google, entering a couple of search words for this plot, but nothing came up. Maybe you should enlist the help of fellow bloggers and do a post for it. I have become curious as to what this film might be myself now 😀
        Well, as for the Black Hole, it;s been such a long time that I last saw it, that by the time I do the rewatch, it will probably feel as a new movie for me too 😊

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      • I searched in three languages! Yet I haven’t found anything… But I remember that scene very clearly. Thanks anyway! 🙂

        Yes, I understand how you feel, it often happens to all us I guess. I’ve just started rewatching T2 and even though I thought I remember it so well (and watched it so many times), it still seems like almost a new movie to me, haha.

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      • I had the good fortune to be able to see T2 in the theatres again,and I had an absolute blast with it. Honestly though, I have seen that film so many times, that I could almost literally speak the dialogue word for word lol 😂😂

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    • Awesome!!! 🙂 I will watch it too, soon. No idea, I saw it in the late 90s as a kid, when our markets became open and all kinds of movies became suddenly available. But I don’t think it was TV series. Normally we never watched them.

      But anyway, it sounds like a very cool idea! 🙂

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