I can occasionally be found at the
MSFC on Friday nights if
I can't think of anything better to do.
Science fiction has long been an interest of mine. Doctor Who was a very enjoyable part of my entertainment as a kid, and later entries in the flimsy sets and terrible special effects end of the genre, such as Blake's 7, were still entertaining. Even today, with the special Rowan Atkinson starred in for Comic Relief in the UK, Dr Who remains great fun.
A few authors manage to combine humour into some fairly excellent, if silly, science fiction. Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) and Robert Asprin (Myth series) come particularly to mind in this category.
There is more and more science fiction appearing on the big screen, but that doesn't mean quality, it seems. "Event Horizon" was a good example of the "Let's rehash an old theme, set it in space, and call it science fiction" school of film making.
Even when a movie is really good entertainment, there's a big tendency for film makers to put in too much, or too little, gee-whizzery. Take "Lost In Space" for example. The circuit boards that we see in some of the cute pieces of technology they use look like they were ripped out of a $5 toy from the Reject Shop! Really tacky representation of the future. Similarly, even now, the technology of air combat is such that dogfights, in the traditional sense, do not exist. The concept that future space battles might be fought with fighter ships at visual distances is preposterous. ... but it looks good and gives the special effects people something to do.
I've enjoyed a few science fiction conventions in the last few years, among
Swancon 21, over Easter, 1996,
It is unfortunate that while some hotels give convention-goers a very good deal, many hotels, especially in Australia, don't.
Of course, the most strident fans are Trekkies, so for things that should get right up their noses, check out the now defunct James T. Kirk Singalong Page!