To be honest, I saw this blog post going in an entirely different direction. I only expected a few responses from Twitter, but here I am, with HUNDREDS! Wow! The original direction I wanted to take isn’t changed, but I did want to bring up the general thoughts on sci-fi from twitter users. I will analyze my post first, the responses, and then dive into the original point of this post.
Now, it’s time for me to define my audience/subject base. On twitter, my following involves mostly writers, as I’m a self-published author. However, the retweets likely also carried it through creative bases like movie enthusiasts and artists as well. I also am in the gaming sphere, so this might apply to gamers as well. There’s a healthy mix of creatives here, and I never specified who should respond (be them authors, movie enthusiasts, et cetra). We can therefore assume the response pool is ‘a bunch of creatives on Twitter’.
Oh yes, and for the record, I’m aware I misspelled ‘sci-fi’ in that post, but hey, I was excited. MOVING ON!
Here is a chart I curated. I included as much as I could curate for this chart, which did take quite a bit of time! But it was worth it. I put down all of the responses Twitter actually showed me. Some things like “planets” I included in space, and such like that. If a word roughly fell into the category, I tossed it in. I included a point for everything said in a tweet, so some people did say 3 or more things–which added a point to the category.
I couldn’t include everyone, so I apologize for that. This also doesn’t add up to all of the responses, so I might have missed some hidden replies, or Twitter simply wasn’t loading. We get a good idea here, however, from the pool of responses, and it went as I expected.
The three most common things mentioned were: Aliens, Space, and Innovation. I also wanted to point out a few interesting tweets that I saw on my adventures that struck me as really sweet or interesting:
Now for the big secret–the original point of this post was to say that most people don’t think of ‘biology’ when they think of sci-fi. Given the sheer amount of responses I got, however, I wanted to put much more energy into this blog post and do it justice. Therefore, I did a casual ‘research project’ of sorts. I stated my subject pool above.
When I think of sci-fi, the two topics that come to mind are aliens or robots. I don’t often think of biology, but it’s true, in the genre, there’s a whole lot when it comes to medicines & disease which would fall under this genre. Combine it with fantasy, and you have a truly interesting concoction.
I asked my lover if he thought the movie Daybreakers was fantasy or sci-fi. Admittedly it was a silly question, but when I think of vampires, I go to ‘fantasy’. He said ‘sci-fi’, then told me when he thinks of ‘sci-fi’, he considers ‘technological advances’. To him, this would encompass biological advancements as well. That movie genre is sci-fi, so my question was… a bit odd. However! The method to my madness is, in fact, that vampires are usually fantasy creatures. The lore I have for my vampires happens to be sci-fi in nature, but with a dash of magic.
Daybreakers is a great example of Earth-grounded sci-fi, as is Jurassic Park. But are the topics of disease and evolution thought of as frequently when it comes to sci-fi?
The answer is… well… not really! That much was very confirmed by the responses I got from my post.
I actually do write in sci-fi — but sci-fi fantasy. You see, I nab my biology knowledge for my works and use it to explain the bestiary of some of my creatures. This also applies in part (well, not the biology part) to my magic, where mana is a fuel source.
There you have it! Twitter was a lot of fun to discuss this matter with, and even though I derped by saying “SCIFI!” I got some really rich responses. I’d love to explore this idea with fantasy too! I tweeted out asking about thoughts on high fantasy, but did not get nearly as much engagement. I think I will try again later.
For now? Thank you Twitter so much for giving me this project, and I hope I did it justice!