Tag: Science Fiction

Going Back to Sci-Fi Roots with The OA

When The OA debuted this past December, it was heavily measured against fellow Netflix original show Stranger Things (which premiered only five months earlier). The comparison between the two programs is not unjustified; both are science fiction shows that deal with the concept of alternate dimensions and feature doctors experimenting on unwilling test subjects. Stripped of all…

Otherworlds and Underworlds: Filthy Futures in Roadside Picnic and Neuromancer

More often than not, science fiction depicting the future on Earth conjures up spick-and-span cityscapes: gleaming streets and towers, an ordered and efficient environment, and hidden danger disguised as benign societal mechanisms. What’s seen less often are chaotic, dirty, bucket-of-bolts futures where menace lurks around every corner and people spill out, swearing, from grungy dives….