It kinda hit me this weekend. Hubby and I binged on some really good and some really bad SciFi movies. We moved from the 50′s to the present and I caught a trend.
In the ’50′s it was all about Radiation. I would love to know the study that made people think that radiation enlarged everything—but the idea certainly stuck around until the 60′s when Gilligan and the castaways received those irradiated seeds. Funny, how irradiated things became larger for decades.
Then they mutated. Eventually, they mutated humans, but that seemed to take longer. Of course, not all mutations were bad. Peter Parker, in the original Spiderman genesis, was bitten by a radioactive spider.
In the movie version of Toby MacQuire, the spider was genetically engineered. Yes, I’ll admit this was my favorite science horror. Mutant lizards, crossbreeds of fish and lots of negiligable species were finally getting theirs against man.
Go Carnivornous plants that move!
Alas, the rise of Genetically modified organisms/crops seems to have stopped more movies from exploring the theme.
Mixed in with the genetic engineering, was the rise of the machines. Although in fiction books, this started back in the 20′s and 30′s. But with the pandemic spread of home computers, those robots actually looked like a real possibility.
Now, we’ve gone into energy land. Yes, I’ve seen apocalyptic novels caused by tapping geothermal energy. Solar power gone wild via magnetic storms.
And as I sit and laugh, I wonder how much the oil companies are funding these projects? Edison killed Tesla’s innovative use of microwaves to power appliances wirelessly because Tesla envisioned a means to do so for free.
No business wants their profit margins clipped.
Of course, they’re just playing off the fear engendered by the rise of a new science. Way back when (late 1800′s), there was a very real and serious debate about using electric lights at night. Seems many folks feared their plants would grow to humongous proportions. No one ever postulated that said plants would eat people… but I’m sure the providers of gas and oil, weren’t too pleased to have incandescent bulbs in homes instead of kerosene lamps.
But it does make you think… Are consumers being brainwashed to distrust green technology?