things you need to know: TV shows about androids are not science fiction

Marvin the paranoid android

Also too: stories set in the present day cannot be science fiction.

Seriously, you geeks are gonna need to get over yourselves and your ideas about what is and is not science fiction. No one wants to watch your silly shows anyway. You know how no one remembers Star Trek? You know how one of the longest-running TV shows in the history of television isn’t Doctor Who? It’s like that.

From Deadline, we get this interesting newsflash:

Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer are behind China Doll, a show in the works at the pay cable network about a mixed-race family and their humanoid robot.

Don’t get excited. It’s not science fiction.

“[T]his is not a sci-fi show,” Scheffer said. “It is ambitious but is set in the present day.”

There you go, then.

So what is it about?

“It is about China, Chinese Americans, robots, the effect of technology on our lives and the China moment in American consciousness,” said Olsen, referring to China’s current economic ascendance that is changing the dynamic in the U.S.-Chinese relationship.

See? It’s about the effect of technology on our lives. Science fiction is never about that.

Also: sociology is not a science about which fiction might be invented.


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