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13th Jun '16 9:16:47 PM Lizardon
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* Averted with ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' series, which still continues to be one of the most beloved television shows ever made.
10th Jun '16 1:57:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* OrsonScottCard wrote a foreword to ''EndersGame'', railing against the SciFiGhetto. Well, that and the fact he was accused of [[HollywoodPsych failing psychology forever]] by people working with talented kids and less so by actual talented kids.

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* OrsonScottCard Creator/OrsonScottCard wrote a foreword to ''EndersGame'', ''Literature/EndersGame'', railing against the SciFiGhetto. Well, that and the fact he was accused of [[HollywoodPsych failing psychology forever]] by people working with talented kids and less so by actual talented kids.



* Margaret Atwood's near-future (at the time of writing) ''TheHandmaidsTale'' was obviously social/cultural science-fiction [[note]]It takes place in a BadFuture where high levels of radiation and strains of HIV and syphilis caused wide-spread sterility, and when an extremist StayInTheKitchen Christian group took over the US, the entirely digital currency made it easy to deprive women of economic power.[[/note]] (and even won a prestigious scifi award), but she refused to admit that. Another Atwood novel, ''Literature/OryxAndCrake'', is even more blatantly science fiction: [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic engineering]] has run amok and [[DepopulationBomb destroyed everybody except the protagonist]].

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* Margaret Atwood's near-future (at the time of writing) ''TheHandmaidsTale'' ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'' was obviously social/cultural science-fiction [[note]]It takes place in a BadFuture where high levels of radiation and strains of HIV and syphilis caused wide-spread sterility, and when an extremist StayInTheKitchen Christian group took over the US, the entirely digital currency made it easy to deprive women of economic power.[[/note]] (and even won a prestigious scifi award), but she refused to admit that. Another Atwood novel, ''Literature/OryxAndCrake'', is even more blatantly science fiction: [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic engineering]] has run amok and [[DepopulationBomb destroyed everybody except the protagonist]].



* An early Soviet edition of the ''LordOfTheRings'' which was heavily revamped to look like SciFi (obvious cause: publication of some "suspicious" "fantasy" was unthinkable, whereas SciFi had some respect). Just one quote: "[[ClarkesThirdLaw It's not a Ring, it's some kind of gadget]]".

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* An early Soviet edition of the ''LordOfTheRings'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' which was heavily revamped to look like SciFi (obvious cause: publication of some "suspicious" "fantasy" was unthinkable, whereas SciFi had some respect). Just one quote: "[[ClarkesThirdLaw It's not a Ring, it's some kind of gadget]]".
22nd May '16 6:10:45 PM MadCat221
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* A number of sci-fi and fantasy authors banded together to blow the lid on [=PublishAmerica=], a publisher that denied it was a [[VanityPublishing vanity press]], and responded derogatorily to sci-fi and fantasy authors about their purview when the authors asserted that [=PublishAmerica=] was indeed a vanity press. How did they do so? They banded together to create ''Literature/AtlantaNights'' a novel [[StylisticSuck so awful that the authors considered it unpublishable]]. [=PublishAmerica=] still offered to publish, until the hoax was revealed.

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* A number of sci-fi and fantasy authors banded together to blow the lid on [=PublishAmerica=], a publisher that denied it was a [[VanityPublishing vanity press]], and responded derogatorily to sci-fi and fantasy authors about their purview when the authors asserted that [=PublishAmerica=] was indeed a vanity press. How did they do so? They banded together to create ''Literature/AtlantaNights'' a novel [[StylisticSuck so awful that the authors considered it unpublishable]]. [=PublishAmerica=] still offered to publish, until the hoax was revealed.
22nd May '16 6:10:09 PM MadCat221
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* A number of sci-fi and fantasy authors banded together to blow the lid on [=PublishAmerica=], a publisher that denied it was a [[VanityPublishing vanity press]], and responded derogatorily to sci-fi and fantasy authors about their purview when the authors asserted that [=PublishAmerica=] was indeed a vanity press. How did they do so? They banded together to create ''Literature/AtlantaNights'' a novel [[StylisticSuck so awful that the authors considered it unpublishable]]. [=PublishAmerica=] still offered to publish, until the hoax was revealed.
9th May '16 8:28:37 AM Morgenthaler
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** This is before we get into ''Timequake'', which admits freely in the prologue and throughout the text that it's the remains of a novel ("Timequake One") he couldn't make work mixed in with his thoughts, experiences and recollections of the previous months, and a large dose of metafiction. "Timequake One" is as SF, or slightly less, than ''EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind''. His genre situation is possibly best summed up by the fact that in Foyle's, the famous bookshop in London, about half of his books are filed under Science Fiction and half under Fiction.

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** This is before we get into ''Timequake'', which admits freely in the prologue and throughout the text that it's the remains of a novel ("Timequake One") he couldn't make work mixed in with his thoughts, experiences and recollections of the previous months, and a large dose of metafiction. "Timequake One" is as SF, or slightly less, than ''EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind''.''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind''. His genre situation is possibly best summed up by the fact that in Foyle's, the famous bookshop in London, about half of his books are filed under Science Fiction and half under Fiction.
1st May '16 5:22:45 AM erforce
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*** A term NewerThanTheyThink: Bruce Bethke coined the name in a short story from 1980, but it wouldn't be published in 1983 and not receive widespread use until the release of ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' that came out in the same year as TheTerminator.

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*** A term NewerThanTheyThink: Bruce Bethke coined the name in a short story from 1980, but it wouldn't be published in 1983 and not receive widespread use until the release of ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' that came out in the same year as TheTerminator.''Film/TheTerminator''.
24th Apr '16 6:09:01 PM aye_amber
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* TheWestern also long suffered from this kind of effect, even during its heyday in the '40s and '50s. This is demonstrated by the way many critics wrote that ''Film/HighNoon'' was "more than a Western" or movie histories that proceeded from the belief that the {{Spaghetti Western}}s of the mid-1960 were the first ones to revise and deconstruct the genre, apparently unaware that e. g. ''Film/TheSearchers'' (1956) even existed, quite possibly because it was directed by genre veteran Creator/JohnFord. It's notable too that only three Westerns have ever won the Oscar for Best Picture.[[note]]''Film/{{Cimarron}}'', ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' and ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'', for the record. Note the sixty year gap between the first two.[[/note]]Even Spaghetti Westerns were VindicatedByHistory, both for their enduring popularity and influence on pop culture. Roger Ebert reviewed ''TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' as one of his first films and gave it three stars and admitted when he put it on his Great Movies list that the movie was a four star film and that the only reason he had given it 3 stars back in his original review was that a four star review would have been too unexpected at the time.

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* TheWestern also long suffered from this kind of effect, even during its heyday in the '40s and '50s. This is demonstrated by the way many critics wrote that ''Film/HighNoon'' was "more than a Western" or movie histories that proceeded from the belief that the {{Spaghetti Western}}s of the mid-1960 were the first ones to revise and deconstruct the genre, apparently unaware that e. g. ''Film/TheSearchers'' (1956) even existed, quite possibly because it was directed by genre veteran Creator/JohnFord. It's notable too that only three Westerns have ever won the Oscar for Best Picture.[[note]]''Film/{{Cimarron}}'', ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' and ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'', for the record. Note the sixty year gap between the first two.[[/note]]Even Spaghetti Westerns were VindicatedByHistory, both for their enduring popularity and influence on pop culture. Roger Ebert reviewed ''TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' as one of his first films and gave it three stars and admitted when he put it on his Great Movies list that the movie was a four star film and that the only reason he had given it 3 stars back in his original review was that a four star review would have been too unexpected at the time.
22nd Apr '16 8:42:49 PM Doug86
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* Complaints about [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull the fourth]] ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' film often revolve around people being unable to accept aliens in Indy, despite them not being any less plausible than the radioactive [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Ark of the Covenant]], [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom Indian dark magic]] or the ''frigging [[Film/Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade Holy Grail]]'' in the previous films. This is because religion-induced magic and SF-induced magic are worlds apart by fandom and by shelving. It could also be about the ''inconsistency''. For many people, the presence of the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail are definitive proof that the Abrahamic God actually exists in Indy's universe. It is therefore presumed that interdimensional aliens would not be ''allowed'' to turn up and start teaching primitive humans advanced knowledge, less still to induce said primitives to ''worship'' them. (NoSuchThingAsSpaceJesus.) Of course, you could equally argue that a) advanced aliens are a means to an end for God, or b) the Ark and the Grail are in fact [[AncientAstronauts technological artifacts crafted by said aliens]], not divine artifacts.

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* Complaints about [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull the fourth]] ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' film often revolve around people being unable to accept aliens in Indy, despite them not being any less plausible than the radioactive [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Ark of the Covenant]], [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom Indian dark magic]] or the ''frigging [[Film/Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade Holy Grail]]'' in the previous films. This is because religion-induced magic and SF-induced magic are worlds apart by fandom and by shelving. It could also be about the ''inconsistency''. For many people, the presence of the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail are definitive proof that the Abrahamic God actually exists in Indy's universe. It is therefore presumed that interdimensional aliens would not be ''allowed'' to turn up and start teaching primitive humans advanced knowledge, less still to induce said primitives to ''worship'' them. (NoSuchThingAsSpaceJesus.) Of course, you could equally argue that a) advanced aliens are a means to an end for God, or b) the Ark and the Grail are in fact [[AncientAstronauts technological artifacts crafted by said aliens]], not divine artifacts.



** Also consider that the [[Film/Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom second movie]] validates Hinduism. So it's really more of a FantasyKitchenSink.
** There's also the fact that in real life, ''many'' people have pretended to be gods (many cult leaders, for example, but also many ancient rulers) or honestly believed themselves to be descended from gods (for example, AlexanderTheGreat believed he was descended from Hercules and Zeus, while the Japanese royal family believe themselves to be the descendants of Amaterasu). God hasn't directly intervened to put a stop to that, so why would He be any more likely to step in and prevent aliens from claiming they're gods?

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** Also consider that the [[Film/Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom second movie]] validates Hinduism. So it's really more of a FantasyKitchenSink.
** There's also the fact that in real life, ''many'' people have pretended to be gods (many cult leaders, for example, but also many ancient rulers) or honestly believed themselves to be descended from gods (for example, AlexanderTheGreat UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat believed he was descended from Hercules and Zeus, while the Japanese royal family believe themselves to be the descendants of Amaterasu). God hasn't directly intervened to put a stop to that, so why would He be any more likely to step in and prevent aliens from claiming they're gods?
19th Apr '16 12:16:31 AM erforce
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* Complaints about [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull the latest]] ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' film often revolve around people being unable to accept aliens in Indy, despite them not being any less plausible than the radioactive [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Ark of the Covenant]], [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom Indian dark magic]] or the ''frigging [[Film/TheLastCrusade Holy Grail]]'' in the previous films. This is because religion-induced magic and SF-induced magic are worlds apart by fandom and by shelving. It could also be about the ''inconsistency''. For many people, the presence of the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail are definitive proof that the Abrahamic God actually exists in Indy's universe. It is therefore presumed that interdimensional aliens would not be ''allowed'' to turn up and start teaching primitive humans advanced knowledge, less still to induce said primitives to ''worship'' them. (NoSuchThingAsSpaceJesus.) Of course, you could equally argue that a) advanced aliens are a means to an end for God, or b) the Ark and the Grail are in fact [[AncientAstronauts technological artifacts crafted by said aliens]], not divine artifacts.
** Indeed, Frank Darabont's original script for ''Crystal Skull'' alluded to the idea that aliens were responsible for human religions.
** Also consider that the [[Film/TempleOfDoom second movie]] validates Hinduism. So it's really more of a FantasyKitchenSink.

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* Complaints about [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull the latest]] fourth]] ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' film often revolve around people being unable to accept aliens in Indy, despite them not being any less plausible than the radioactive [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Ark of the Covenant]], [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom Indian dark magic]] or the ''frigging [[Film/TheLastCrusade [[Film/Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade Holy Grail]]'' in the previous films. This is because religion-induced magic and SF-induced magic are worlds apart by fandom and by shelving. It could also be about the ''inconsistency''. For many people, the presence of the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail are definitive proof that the Abrahamic God actually exists in Indy's universe. It is therefore presumed that interdimensional aliens would not be ''allowed'' to turn up and start teaching primitive humans advanced knowledge, less still to induce said primitives to ''worship'' them. (NoSuchThingAsSpaceJesus.) Of course, you could equally argue that a) advanced aliens are a means to an end for God, or b) the Ark and the Grail are in fact [[AncientAstronauts technological artifacts crafted by said aliens]], not divine artifacts.
** Indeed, Frank Darabont's original script for ''Crystal Skull'' ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull Crystal Skull]]'' alluded to the idea that aliens were responsible for human religions.
** Also consider that the [[Film/TempleOfDoom [[Film/Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom second movie]] validates Hinduism. So it's really more of a FantasyKitchenSink.
7th Apr '16 4:02:44 PM PeppermintTwist
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* Marjorie B. Kellogg wrote a forward to an omnibus edition of her ''Literature/TheDragonQuartet'' series utterly blasting this trope. She points out that tales of the fantastic are one of humanity's oldest forms of storytelling, and the power of allegory that "genre" fiction holds make them not only more easy to appeal to a wide audience, but make the audience [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped more willing to listen to important messages.]]
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