“Contact” by Carl Sagan

Contact_SaganFor me, the film version Contact is still the gold standard for intelligent science fiction in cinema. After having read Carl Sagan’s Contact, I realize that the movie benefitted from exceptionally strong source material. Sagan manages to explore Big Ideas™, but also develops compelling characters. In addition to being a talented scientist, Sagan could write better than most professional science fiction authors.

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“The Wanderers” by Erik Wernquist

A new trailer has been making the rounds on Facebook. No, I’m not talking about the Star Wars Episode VII trailer. It’s not even a trailer for a movie. Rather, The Wanderers is a short video by Erik Wernquist inspired by Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue DotLike the book, the video depicts a future in which humanity has journeyed out to the other planets in our solar system. The video is stunning. The Wanderers is easily the best science fiction movie we’ll never get to see. Check out the trailer here: