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Fear-based Fiction

Posted on: November 10, 2010

We’re studying the atomic age this week. The webpage for an interesting exhibit on the atomic age by the Wisconsin Historical Society led me to the trailer for a movie from 1953, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.  The fear produced as science progressed into territory that people were very uncomfortable with inspired entire genres of fiction. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is an example of just one of these types of stories: the fear that ancient or fantastical beasts would be revived from atomic blasts. My first thought when seeing this trailer was my husband would love this. He’s a closet enthusiast for cheesy, black-and-white science fiction movies.

So with no further ado, I present to you:

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms …

[echo: fathoms, fathoms, fathoms]

Best line? “Another one colonel?” “No.” [cuts to next scene with no explanation] LOL

Another great film we saw last Christmas about this time period was 13 days. For those who haven’t seen it, it’s a great historical overview of the Cuban Missile Crisis (but prepare yourself for the free usage of profanity).

It’s interesting how science fiction often plays off people’s fears. We can laugh now about the thought of dinosaurs being unleashed by an atomic bomb, but aren’t there some new technologies that we fear portrayed in our own science fiction? It trickles all the way down to Disney with Pixar’s Wall-e if you ask me.

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Another example: 2010’s “Inception” about a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion: a dangerous new approach to corporate espionage and who knows what else! Shiver.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1375666/

Minority Report – I’ve yet to read the short story, but that movie still stays with me. The whole technological Big Brother stuff (eye scans where ever you go, etc) just makes me feel like one could never be their own person. And so much in there that deals with agency….

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