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GOTHIC SCI-FI
A subgenre of science fiction that involves gothic conventions


Gothic SF is an interstitial subgenre that slants toward the macabre, and deeply atmospheric settings, but not outright horror. ('Atmospheric' in a literary and cultural, not climatological, sense.)

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is often cited as the first such novel. Numerous film and television versions of Frankenstein have produced including the 1916 silent film, the most famous of all - Boris Karloff portraying the monster in 1931, and Robert De Niro in the 1994 version.

Algis Budry's novel Rogue Moon sets a determined pair against a deadly lunar enigma. In Richard Matheson's novel I Am Legend and its several film versions, a scientist battles plague-spawned vampires. Arthur C. Clarke's short story "A Walk in the Dark" is another example.




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GENERATION SHIP SCI-FI

Generation Ship stories are set aboard that type of spacecraft. Often those ships are so large, and the voyage so long, that most or all of its inhabitants consider other worlds to be the stuff of legend.

It may travel much slower than light across great distances between stars and must also have extraordinarily reliable systems that would not fail even over long periods of time, or alternately that could be repaired by the ship's inhabitants if they did.

Additionally, the ship would have to be almost entirely self-sustaining so as to provide food, air, and water for everyone on board. Since such a ship might take thousands or tens of thousands of years to reach even nearby stars, the original occupants would die during the journey, leaving their descendants to continue traveling.

It is estimated that, in order to assure genetic diversity during a centuries-long trip, any generation starship would require at least 500 inhabitants. However, this could also be achieved for a much smaller crew through the use of sperm banks or egg banks brought along for the journey.

The subgenre was pioneered by J. D. Bernal, with his 1929 novel The World, The Flesh, & The Devil. A popular example is Robert Heinlein's novel Orphans of the Sky.

The 2009 film Pandorum helmed by German director Christian Alvart showcased such a ship, The Elysium. This massive craft employed hyper-sleep pods for the occupants to survive the journey.



GOLDEN AGE SCI-FI

A period of the 1940s during which the science fiction genre gained wide public attention and many classic science fiction stories were published.

While sci-fi literature might have been plentiful in the 1940s, cinema all but abandoned the genre possibly due to World War II and the box office flops of the late thirties including the British feature film Things to Come.

However there were a hand full of films of the forties that at the very least, had sci-fi elements in their premise including Dr. Renault's Secret, Invisible Agent, The Mysterious Mr. M, Dr. Cyclops, King of the Rocket Men, and more



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