While some may say that the phenomenon of Star Trek and Star Wars were the more recent start of science fiction’s popularity, I would have to agree. In 1964 Star Trek, after only being on television for just three short years, created a huge cult like following that brought about 12 Star Trek Movies and a new TV series, Star Trek-The Next Generation, which generated an additional four more movies. In 1977 George Lucas’s Star Wars took the movie screens by storm and are still being made.
While the 1887 science fiction book War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells was not a movie sensation, but it did make a rather large splash on radio when Orson Wells recounted the H.G. Wells story on his radio program in 1938. The broadcast reportedly scared the public so much that Orson Wells had to apologize to his listeners who thought his broadcasts were describing actual alien attacks.
My passion for science fiction however started in my early years of childhood with the reading of dime comics books of Flash Gordon that originated in 1934 written by Alex Raymond. Of course we must not forget Buck Rodgers who appeared in the sci-fi book Armageddon 2419 A.D. by Phillip Francis Nowlan in 1928, which generated four films between 1936 and 1941 and 12 comic book episodes. In 1938 Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s character Superman appeared in comic books and in 1951 the Adventures of Superman television series appeared, running for six seasons. Superman also generated 10 movies between 1948 and 2013. The list continues with my favorite the 1950 science fiction story by Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles. Not many people know that Ray Bradbury was the narrator on the television episodes of the Twilight Zone.
While Star Trek and Star Wars, which I enjoy immensely, has increased the readership of science fiction in the late 20th Century and now into the early 21st century mainly due, in my estimation, to the movie screen and television, I still feel that the oldies but goodies as the source for my passion of science fiction. Check them out. You may start to see where Gene and George got their inspirations.
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