In a poll of over 4000 readers, New Scientist magazine found that the Firefly franchise (television show and attached movie Serenity is the hottest thing in science fiction… ever. The show and the film showed up as two separate entities in the poll, rather than as one franchise, and still walked away with the top two spots, together garnering as many votes as the rest of the top ten combined.
Rounding out the top ten are such sci-fi classics as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the novel by Douglas Adams, the British show Dr. Who, Babylon 5, Farscape and one of the original Star Wars films, The Empire Strikes Back.
The poll further breaks out into separate categories of television, books, and films. Conspicuously missing from the top ten, and coming in last on the list of television shows is the longlived Star Trek franchise.
This begs the question… what makes good science fiction? Those properties which focused on technology, war and exploration finished far lower in the poll than did those that deal more with interpersonal relations in a chaotic future world, like Firefly, Farscape, Stranger in a Strange Land and even the humorous Hitchhiker’s Guide. Apparently for today’s fans, the personal hits more closely to home.
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