A New Year Marks a New Era of Sci Fi

Dorin Rufer is in her second year of her Creative Writing MFA. She is an avid reader, writer, movie-goer and tea drinker. She is part of a podcast/blog adaptationpodcast.com about film adaptations and the original formats they are based on. She is also starting up her own blog: dogaru20.wordpress.com. Check her and her Chai Latte addiction out.

Here she contemplates how surviving the Mayan apocalypse can lead to better, different science fiction in novels and films.


Happy New Year! We made it to 2013 even though some people didn’t think we would.

Take that Mayans!

As 2012 came to an end, I noticed that many of the trailers in the cinema are about apocalypse scenarios or post-apocalyptic worlds. I wonder if people out there are sick of hearing about the apocalypse yet. I already was sick of it at the end of 2011. Not to say that these movies won’t always do well, even if I think they shouldn’t. However, re-hashing this again and again, especially after the film ‘2012’ was released, just won’t cut it anymore. C’mon screenwriters, you can do better!

Although we can’t control, per se, what is produced or published, we can at least pick and choose what we watch and read. I have a strong feeling that after all this apocalypse talk that at least books about post-apocalyptic worlds will most likely be pushed to the side in favour of stories of happier new beginnings and looks towards the future. I would not be shocked at all to see Sci-Fi novels come in with higher sales as well as new Sci-fi novels being written. Now that we have ‘survived’ the apocalypse, it will be time for us to want better of ourselves and our world, to want so much of science fiction to become science fact.

Novels in a similar vein to Isaac Asimov’s The Foundation Series, Stephen Donaldson’s The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant and even something like C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters.

A fun consequence of this, of course, will be the choice of book adaptations for the film industry to choose from.

Now that the apocalypse is over, we actually do have all the time in the world. Write on!


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