Chapter | Thirty - Five
WHAT IS IT?
It’s like The Matrix: take the red pill. Sci-fi is the truth genre, letting you see the world as it really is. Sci-fi isn’t really about the future at all; instead it shows us the present, revealing the real world beneath all our own Truman Show-like lives. Sci-fi just can’t hold back from the truth.
Or you can take the blue pill and carry on watching rom-coms and stay smiling. Like Neo, the choice is yours.
Like Spielberg’s Department of Pre-crime in Minority Report, sci-fi alerts us to what might happen around the corner, just a few years down the line – and it’s done this since the 1950s. It’s like an x-ray of the zeitgeist, telling us what really freaks us out, whether that’s nukes, getting ...