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:
* Lifestyles/Quality of Life
* Family and Social Interactions (to include conception - no porn though )
* Shopping/Cooking/Domestic Chores
* Working Conditions
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.
Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06
Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?
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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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...
__________________ "And now, It's time to go over the carefully selected stories for the evening news, stories that have been chosen to manipulate your emotions and thinking."
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'
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)
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.