Social science fiction is less concerned with the science fiction and more concerned about the human society and its values, interactions, responses, etc.This may be one of the less popular sci-fi sub-genres but it maybe one of the most important to explore.
The themes are inspirational and awareness driven. Social science fiction includes themes like the value of social interaction, respecting others (groups, races, religions), the value of personal development, the value of life and respecting all life forms
Here are some suggestions of movies and TV shows in this category that are worth watching:
Arrival instead of being the typical alien invasion action movie surprised many with its story line which makes you sit back and rethink about humanity and the consequences of our actions.
Hidden Figures is not exactly a science fiction movie but the story is important and inspirational to the genre. Two words: human computers.
Passengers rather than focusing on the dangers in space, its main story is the romantic relationship between the 2 passengers on the ship.
The Lobster has combined science fiction and romance focusing more on relationship than science fiction. The story takes place in a near future (funny how most of things looks the same as now).
Following these 4 great movies is the incredible story of E.T (1982) : The Extraterrestrial. A story about the value of friendship, loyalty, and trust between a little boy and an alien that still stands out today. Beautifully written and executed, this film is a must see.
More movie recommendations:
The Star Trek Shows have all the elements of social science fiction. The shows illustrate the following values:
- Respect for each other
- Respect for the regulations
- Understanding of all races and religions
- The importance of Forgiveness
- Self Improvement
- The importance of Team work
Values that are lacking in the world today. The shows showed the results when you follow these values: achievement of great things. All of them are worth watching.
Star Trek Discovery (2017-)
Have you seen any movie or TV show above mentioned already? What did you think of it? Feel free to leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.