With the upcoming release of the new Star Wars film, Episode VII – The Force Awakens, The Atlantic posted an article called When Science Fiction Stopped Caring About the Future.
This article tackles the idea that Science Fiction as a genre has given up on new ideas because the movie industry just keeps recycling old sci-fi franchises into new movies. To quote the article:
It’s not just Star Wars either. Science fiction is everywhere in popular culture, and it seems like it’s managed to be everywhere in the present by largely jettisoning the future. The massive, major franchises are all decades-old; the triumphal rhythmic successes of Star Wars and Star Trek and Dr. Who vie with sporadic reboots of Robocop or Planet of the Apes. Even newer stories, like The Hunger Games or Divergence feel less like fresh visions than like re-toolings of stagnant dystopias. Poor George Orwell wants his panopticon back.
While I agree that Hollywood has been rehashing old movies or YA dystopian fiction that is reminiscent of older sci-fi, this article got me wondering about sci-fi as a book genre. Is this too happening in the world of books or just in the realm of movies?