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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ultimate Geek Fu

My office, not to put too fine a point on it, is a mess. There are good reasons for this sad state of affairs, and we can go into them another time, if you like, but what I'm most interested in today is this Golden Oldie, which I recently accidentally exhumed while looking for something else.

It's a fund-raising letter, sent some years ago by MoveOn.org over the signature of Al Gore. In the midst of the usual plea for money and volunteers, there's this gem:
"But the stakes this year are too great for any of us to sit it out. We're facing two wars and an economic meltdown. The climate crisis, in particular, is worsening more quickly than predicted and without strong leadership from the next president, we could face consequences right out of a science fiction movie."
Hmm. A science fiction movie, you say? Yes, of course, obviously, but the all-important question is: which science fiction movie?

Star Trek? Silent Running? Soylent Green? Lord of the Flies? Godzilla vs The Smog Monster? (Personally, my money is on The Manchurian Candidate.)

Thus, today's Ultimate Geek Fu questions. Keeping in mind our loosely enforced "no politics" rule, and being somewhat mindful of the feelings of your fellow Friday Challengers: in your humble opinion, which science fiction movie best describes the future we are heading for?

And which science fiction movie future would you most like to live in?*

Let the arguments begin.

* Vidad, I'll put you down for World Without End, okay?
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