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    Sci-Fi without spaceships

    The title is a simplification, but one of the things that defines sci-fi is gaving science as a frame for the possibilities of the world. There are many classical sci-fi topics such as space exploration and time travel, for instance. I am interested in thinking about sci-fi on a very small scale. I can’t really think of many examples from the top of my head. "Melancholia" and "The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes" would be examples where the sci-fi elements dwell in the background. Any thoughts?

    • Could you kindly correct the typo "gaving?" – Munjeera 3 weeks ago
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    • Interesting. You might delve into the original Twilight Zone series (you can find it on Netflix) for examples. Several episodes deal with spaceships, aliens, and/or space exploration, but just as many do not. Personally, the ones that do not are some of my favorites, partly because the "usual" sci-fi elements aren't used. – Stephanie M. 3 weeks ago
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    Nice article. It left me wondering about the concept of “dragon”. Given that there are so many mythical dragons across so many different cultures, I would say the idea of a snakish powerful entity is very well rooted into Human imagination, but I wonder if calling the Eastern beings “dragon” is a matter of syncretism.

    Dragons: East versus West

    In The Wicker Mam Howie not only is a stiff Christian but also an officer of the State. He doesn’t only despise the pagan way of life from his own beliefs but he’s also enabled to intervene as an agent. I feel the opening song which is about a woman leaving her lands in the opposite direction of Howie’s flight invites to a people vs. state level of analysis. Great fulm, great fable.
    I have to watch Midsommar.

    Religion in The Wicker Man and Midsommar