Why Sci Fi Films Don’t Measure Up to the Classic Sci Fi Books

I have a few thoughts on why contemporary science fiction films like Star Trek: Into Darkness don’t measure up to the class works by greats such as Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert and Robert Heinlein.

 I’ve discussed this elsewhere, but I think great books grapple with important social issues. Science fiction has an illustrious history of taking on big ideas and making them come alive with captivating characters, action oriented plots, and direct challenges to contemporary values and culture. Many of the recent movies don’t, and this is what I discuss in greater detail in this blog post over at The Beacon.
Author: SR Staley
SR Staley has one more than 11 literary awards for his fiction and nonfiction writing. He is on the full-time faculty of the College and Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University as well as a film critic and research fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California. His award-winning Pirate of Panther Bay series (syppublishing.com) has won awards in historical fiction, mainstream & literary fiction, young adult fiction, and reached the finals in women's fiction. His most recent book is "The Beatles and Economics: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and the Making of a Cultural Revolution" due out in April 2020 (Routledge).