Updated: Aug 4
Steph Stonewall writes:
Our culture is full of stories about the possible end of the world. Science fiction is one place where we can find excitement and interesting ideas about doomsday or how to prevent it. But it is not as easy as that.
In the latest Spiderman movie, teenaged Spidie spends as much time worrying about girls as he does fighting the super-villain. Other characters in sci fi seem to be modern, secular reboots of mythical characters, helping us relate to them as being somehow fully human.
Such stories are often allegories suggesting that ordinary humans like us must confront many types of change that range from puberty to armageddon. Not all heroes wear a cape, and if we want to fight climate change, support trans students, or implement positive change in our local club or community, then it is up to us.
Whether showing Katniss Everdeen, Harry Potter, Rey Skywalker, or Peter Parker, sci fi and and fantasy put the 'human' back into 'superhuman'.
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