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Finding the Future: A Science Fiction Conversation (2004)

For over a century science fiction writers and readers have speculated about where humanity is heading. Now, it almost seems we're living in a world taken straight from the pages of their futuristic fantasies.

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For over a century science fiction writers and readers have speculated about where humanity is heading. Now, it almost seems we're living in a world taken straight from the pages of their futuristic fantasies. Shot against the backdrop of major conventions, Finding the Future examines the phenomenon of science fiction. Through the thoughtful commentary of prominent authors and enthusiastic fans, we explore the culture of science fiction and the passion of its devotees for the genre. We also consider the effect of science fiction on society, and listen to these sci-fi aficionados as they muse upon what might lie ahead for our rapidly changing world. Written by David Matteson

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The future will be found soon.


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$200,000 (estimated)
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A decent attempt to portray SF fandom in its complexities
24 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

This film was shot at a number of science fiction conventions, primarily at the 2000 WorldCon in Chicago. While naturally there is more than a bit of attention paid to the usual visual strangeness which accompanies the fannish lifestyle, the producers and directors of this film made a valiant effort to portray these "citizens of the imagiNation" as we really are. (Yes, I mean "we"; I'm in the film, my daughter is the last person appearing in the 'Alternative Ending/Epilog'!) Unfortunately, the subject matter of the film is people who think, and the things we think about. This means a lot of talking heads (albeit oddly dressed heads in some cases) and a lot of dialogue about cerebral matters. Toward the end the pace may lag more than a bit by most people's standards, even for a documentary.


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