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Film, DVD, and TV Discuss the latest movies at the theatre and on DVD, as well as what is on TV. ACG film reviews will also be found here.

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Okay guys, I need your help! As a prelude to studying Ender's Game in my English classes (special education), the kiddos are writing formal papers that describe what their futuristic society would look like. After much weeping and gnashing of teeth, I settled on the problem: they haven't grown up with enough Sci-Fi to really know what they want to see. So, I created a graphic organizer to help them gather their ideas. They needed a little more. I made them presentations that highlight some of the best sci-fi communication and fashion trends.

I'm a little fried though, and keep thinking of the same movies. Has anyone got any pictures or videos for the following categories:

* Transportation
* Lifestyles/Quality of Life
* Family and Social Interactions (to include conception - no porn though )
* Shopping/Cooking/Domestic Chores
* Working Conditions

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I suggest as a starter, the classic Dark Star by John Carpenter. Lifestyles / quality of life and working conditions.

Or, maybe Cherry 2000 a weird post industrial meltdown of a world...

Or, more current, Expelled from Paradise. It's an anime, but fits your criteria.

Another is Time of Eve. Very interesting ideas in that one.

Well, that's a start.
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I suggest as a starter, the classic Dark Star by John Carpenter. Lifestyles / quality of life and working conditions.

Or, maybe Cherry 2000 a weird post industrial meltdown of a world...

Or, more current, Expelled from Paradise. It's an anime, but fits your criteria.

Another is Time of Eve. Very interesting ideas in that one.

Well, that's a start.
Thanks TA! I hadn't thought of any of those.
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Give them a reading assignment, "The Stainless Steel Rat", by Harry Harrison. It should be short enough for them to read in a week. I have been reading James A Corey's series, but the two writers go overboard in trying to be politically correct. SM Stirling has some good work out there.

There are a number of SciFi movies and TV shows out there as well. Even Bill Shatner wrote some books and starred in the TV shows based on them.

Unless this is an honors class you will have trouble getting them to put in the work.

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Show them an accurate documentary... Idiocracy...
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Hard to say not knowing how old the kiddies are. You ought to watch Tank Girl for a chuckle...

Blade Runner is pretty good for a film about a dystopian future.
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If you've never seen Time of Eve (aka Eve no jikan in Japanese) it's worth a watch. I think your students will connect with it well.
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Another great anime sci-fi movie is The Girl that Leapt Through time. This explores the consequences of your actions and how they affect others in detail.

Here are some safe on-line links to these:

https://www.watchcartoononline.com/t...english-dubbed

https://www.watchcartoononline.com/t...english-dubbed

https://www.watchcartoononline.com/e...english-dubbed

That last one is on Netflix too.

This is another excellent anime one.

https://www.watchcartoononline.com/t...english-dubbed

That one will grab your attention and keep it. Haruhi Suzimiya can create her own reality and doesn't know it. She's surrounded by an AI intelligence, a time traveler, an Esper (psychic), and a normal high school guy in a club. It's really an excellent movie that's in many ways better than The Time Traveler's Wife.

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Lots of TV shows might qualify and be quick to watch (as well as fun.)

The Man in the High Castle
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They can study the early episodes of Star Trek and it's fantastic devices that no one back then thought would ever be possible. Then, compare to those same devices that became a reality and those scientists are still working on.

The personal communicator, the tricorder, medical instruments, the replicator, computers, space weapons, faster then light travel, etc...
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If you're looking for an imagining of a society defined by a particular scientific development some of Larry Niven's stories about a future where transplant surgery has been perfected to the point when tissue rejection is no longer a problem and almost everything from an arm,organs of sight and hearing to a spinal column can be reused so that many lives can be extended almost indefinitely - provided that donors can be found . Only the brain cannot be reused. Society turns to using organs from those sentenced for capital offences but there are many more honest citizens needing "spare parts" than there are condemned criminals. As a result the majority of people (who benefit from an increased supply of organs) are willing to vote for policies that extend the range of capital offences wider and wider to the point where even some traffic offences incur this penalty. At the same time the crime of organ-legging (kidnapping healthy people to break them up for sale) mushrooms. Niven uses this background in a number of novels and short stories but the Gil Hamilton Stories, Novella and novels - about a detective who specialises in tracking down organ-leggers would cover the idea well. All these can be found in an omnibus form in 'Flatlander'
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The Expanse? Especially the book series. Though same parts might go tad beyond of what you intended depending on the age of the 'kiddos'. That is gritty and fairly hard-science setting. Thrust-gravity and all.

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Blade Runner is classic but may be a bit slow to keep kids attention.
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