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Oberlindes Sol LIC21 Feb 2019 3:22 p.m. PST


It looks like fun, but I hope they explain why humans still exist 5 billion years from now, when the Sun is actually going to start expanding into a red giant.

Winston Smith21 Feb 2019 4:46 p.m. PST

"Science" has very little to do with "science fiction" these days.
If it ever did.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2019 4:48 p.m. PST

The movie took in 500 million the first week!

Porthos22 Feb 2019 6:28 a.m. PST

The Wandering Earth was a short story by Liu Cixin. I haven't read this story, but I did read his trilogy "Remembrance of Earth's Past", perhaps better known as "The three-body problem" (the title of the first book). This is definitely science (the three bodies are three stars that have a complicated structure with the one remaining planet that circles around them). I assume that Winston does not pay attention to SF-books (literature) where there often is hard science involved. And remember that some SF-writers are or were scientists themselves (for instance Fred Hoyle and Gregory Benford).

Garand22 Feb 2019 6:57 a.m. PST

I'm not going to comment on the series coming to Netflix, because frankly I just don't know enough about it. But if you base your opinions on SF just by what comes out in movies or TV, yes, you are going to have the same opinion as Winston. But SF is FAR more than just that, with a vast body of literature out there. Some is still space opera, but a lot is still Hard SF, my preferred sub-genre. So plenty of science out there if you want to look for it.


Winston Smith22 Feb 2019 8:50 a.m. PST

If it has time travel, faster than light speed and a few others, it's not "Science" Fiction. It's fantasy.

Balthazar Marduk24 Feb 2019 9:22 a.m. PST

No one actually cares, Winston.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2019 6:12 p.m. PST

It's all entertainment, much like war movies have little resemblance to war.

You either go and enjoy, go and grumble, or stay home. Like much of life, that being said if you enjoy grumbling- enjoy that also.

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