Aug 052009
 

Marvin Minsky, a leading AI researcher at MIT, once said about the difference between general fiction and science fiction, “General fiction is pretty much about ways that people get into problems and screw their lives up. Science fiction is about everything else.” and “But aside from the science fiction, I find it tedious to read any ordinary writing at all. It all seems so conventional and repetitive.” This is important when looking at what is happening to science fiction on television.

Recently, Whiskey wrote about how “Syfy” is adding several gay characters to various shows. This isn’t as bad as what is coming out of Britain. There’s a spin off of Doctor Who called Torchwood. In Torchwood pretty much all the main characters have had at least some type of homosexual experience on the show. Two of the main characters have an ongoing homosexual relationship. One of the characters, Capt. Jack Harkness, isn’t even just gay or bisexual. If you do a search on that character you can find the writers talking about how he’s “omnisexual”. Basically, he’s willing to have sex with anything, men, women, aliens, etc. The creator of Torchwood, Russell Davies, has even admitted to having an agenda by saying that by the 51st century (where the character is from) everybody will be omnisexual. It’s worth noting that Torchwood is what Russell Davies wanted to do with Doctor Who, but the BBC put a stop to it (because Doctor Who was traditionally a “kids’ show”).
Torchwood is basically slash fiction on TV. What slash fiction is when someone takes a TV show or a movie and writes some “fan fiction” and adds homosexual relationships. Slash fiction started when the original Star Trek series was first on TV. Women (since slash fiction is primarily written by women) started writing Kirk/Spock stories (notice the slash there) where Kirk and Spock had a homosexual relationship. If you have seen even one episode of Star Trek you know this is completely absurd.
All of this is basically a war against real science fiction. What these women and gays are doing is trying to turn science fiction into general fiction. Remember what Minsky said, General fiction is pretty much about ways that people get into problems and screw their lives up. Science fiction is about everything else.” In other words, lots of general fiction on TV is nothing but pointless relationship drama. Science fiction is about everything else such as (straight) men doing things, inventing things, building things. With slash fiction and the introduction of gay characters on science fiction shows, these people are trying to convert science fiction into more of the homogeneous mass of relationship drama. This is in addition to the obvious agendas to normalize all sorts of deviant behavior.
What these people are doing are even more dangerous than that. We all know about men who as boys were inspired by science fiction to go out an invent things and develop technology. Science fiction inspired these men to advance civilization. This attempt to convert science fiction into general fiction is effectively a war on the advancement of civilization.

  5 Responses to “Marvin Minsky and Science Fiction”

  1. Interesting point. I never really liked normal fiction as a kid. Went through a short mystery book phase and have been hardcore SciFi/Fantasy ever since.

    I have noted that women love Mystery books, they can't get enough of the constantly repeating boring plots.

  2. Science fiction is one of the most manly genres of literature in existence. The only women I've ever seen who enjoy science fiction (the real deal, not watered down feminized stuff) are nerdy, masculine types.

    Grim:

    "I have noted that women love Mystery books, they can't get enough of the constantly repeating boring plots."

    I've noticed that too. In general, women love fiction that is convoluted in construction – lots of plot twists and the like. Male-targeted fiction – like sci-fi – is much more straightforward in design.

  3. I think the first book I actually read through on my own was 2001, and then 2010…

    Definitely see a correlation of natures here.

  4. Sci-Fi ain't my thing because I don't like getting bogged down in the details… because really, they don't matter. I read to have fun and to escape, and for it to be a great reading experience for me, I want something so engrossing that it makes me forget I'm reading… and many of the Sci-Fi novels I pick up make me feel like I'm reading a textbook or manual or something. I'll wade through it, but I'd rather not. (And if I had to pick a genre to classify my taste in books, it would have to be Fantasy. Magic, talking animals, alternate universes, oh my.)

    Men and women are wired differently. The reason that Sci-Fi is a male-dominated genre is because of the subject matter. And I don't see why that's such a bad thing, that men and women generally like different things.

    I'll admit, I have never gone out of my way to buy a Sci-Fi novel, but I have indulged in Sci-Fi-esque things, such as Firefly and the corresponding movie and a few comic books here and there (forgive me if this is the "watered-down" stuff you speak of).

    And I, as a female, don't enjoy Mysteries, and none of my friends that enjoy reading are big Mystery-buffs, either. Just for the record. All of this generalizing is making me sick.

    P.S. The SciFi/SyFi name change is just "fresh" marketing to garner more viewers; no way, more viewers means they have to reach out to the other 50% of the population?! Sounds like capitalism to me, not a female agenda.

  5. catwoman,

    The reason that Sci-Fi is a male-dominated genre is because of the subject matter. And I don't see why that's such a bad thing, that men and women generally like different things.

    Then why have so many women declared war on science fiction?

    The SciFi/SyFi name change is just "fresh" marketing to garner more viewers; no way, more viewers means they have to reach out to the other 50% of the population?!

    Actually, the Sci-Fi channel has been under attack by women since 1998. The change to the "Syfy" name was just the tombstone.

    Sounds like capitalism to me, not a female agenda.

    Any capitalist with a brain wouldn't alienate their current viewers/customers while trying to gain new ones. Thus there is an agenda involved.

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