When I first started reading science fiction, there was a relatively clear distinction between sci-fi and fantasy. That distinction is blurred beyond recognition, and that’s particularly noticeable with TV-based stories. Sci-fi, fantasy, and horror are all mixed up.
Take The Walking Dead. There’s not a lot of science in it, but perhaps more science than you’ll find in Star Wars. Is Lost sci-fi? How about His Dark Materials or Snowpiercer? So, with all that confusion in mind, selecting the best sci-fi TV shows is quite a thrill.
Thanks to the explosion of creativity in the TV world, and the numerous networks and production companies eager to fund substantial budgets, we’re seeing a ton of excellent science fiction on television.
As for the stories themselves, many of them are just fine. Sci-fi stories on TV have always been great, going back to The Twilight Zone and the first Star Trek. The difference in the 21st Century is improved production and acting.
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Rob Spiegel has covered manufacturing for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include automation, supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cybersecurity. For 10 years, he was the owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.