I’m pretty sure I was born a sci-fi geek. From a young age, I can remember being captivated by sci-fi movies and books. Normal generally bored me – I lived in the world of normal. It was the unusual, otherworldly, and improbable that held me spellbound. Today, I thought I’d share with you the five science fiction movies that made the biggest impressions on me. Rather than listing least to most favorite, these are listed chronologically.
5. Planet of the Apes I’m totally dating myself, but I was in grade school when these movies came out, and I was instantly hooked. Seeing Charleton Heston awaken to another world where apes were in charge – and they spoke? I never knew movies like this existed. But when he saw what was left of the Statue of Liberty at the end, my young mind was blown.
4. Star Wars You had to see this one coming. Light sabers, talking droids, powerful Jedis, space travel, and such detailed world-building – instant obsession. I’m a fan of the whole series (except any scenes including Jar Jar Binks – such a travesty), and after watching A New Hope, my next obsession was the video game adaptation at the local arcade. I personally destroyed the Death Star many times over. You’re welcome.
3. The Terminator This movie is at the root of my love of just about anything involving time travel. It didn’t hurt that Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) looked the way he did. As Sarah Connor, I would have accepted his offer in a heartbeat. But seriously, the whole premise that John Conner sent a soldier back in time to protect Conner’s mother – and that man was Conner’s father? I turned that one over in my mind for days. I’ll still watch that movie when it’s on.
2. The Matrix I was a Keanu Reeves fan long before I saw this movie. Besides the effects being off the charts cool, once I understood what the Matrix was? And Neo was The One? I fell hard for this one, and the sequels that followed. The idea that what you perceive is reality isn’t, but some people choose to live that way had my head spinning for days. It might have been my first experience with alternate realities.
1. Inception Speaking of cool effects – even if you didn’t get Inception, there’s no denying they were visually stunning. The whole entering someone else’s consciousness impacted me deeply. If you ask me, that token fell, and Dom was reunited with his children.
Parts of my young adult sci-fi/fantasy novel, The Gemini Connection, were heavily influenced by The Matrix and Inception. One of my main characters, Evan, is a Mindbender who enters the minds of others and connects thoughts and concepts, and occasionally battles nightmares. Evan also shares an unusual connection with his twin, Simon, that is instrumental in saving their dying planet. To find out more about my books, you can look around here, on my website, or check out my virtual booth here. I’ve also written a young adult horror novel, Sarah. Info on that book is included in my sci-fi booth, or you can visit my booth under the horror section here.
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