Contrary to popular belief, the ideas for science fiction stories are not placed randomly into writers’ heads via alien transmissions. The origins of sci-fi are long, using concepts that go back thousands of years. It is only during the last 200 years or so that what can be considered “modern” science fiction began to form and take the shape that it has today.
During the 19th century, religion had been mostly replaced with science as the chief explanation for why things in the physical world behave as they do. Writers everywhere heard the call and used their minds to craft new worlds, inventions and concepts. Some of these were more successful than others, which gives birth to this list.
From the mountains of conjecture arose many concepts which would go on to form the basis of popular science fiction for more than a hundred years. Robots, time travel and planetary exploration are just a few of these. Here are 10 writers of the past (in chronological order) who have impacted the genre so much that they literally formed what the world now thinks of as science fiction.
A while back CBS, those guys that keep making spin-off’s of CSI, announced a pilot re-imagining Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes called Elementary. Wait a tick, doesn’t the BBC already have a show based on Britan’s infamous crime solving duo of Sherlock and Watson? Yes, and the BBC is more then a little upset about it.
Sitting down with the UK’s The Independent, Sherlock executive producer, Sue Vertue recently spoke about being approached by CBS with hopes of licensing a U.S. version of the BBC series. Vertue was less then enthusiastic about the offer, turning it down in the process. Guess CBS didn’t enjoy getting told “no” by the company that makes Doctor Who because shortly after that CBS announced Elementary, a modern day retelling of Holmes and Watson in New York City.
We understand that CBS are doing their own version of an updated Sherlock Holmes,” she said. “It’s interesting, as they approached us a while back about remaking our show. At the time, they made great assurances about their integrity, so we have to assume that their modernised Sherlock Holmes doesn’t resemble ours in any way, as that would be extremely worrying.
Even Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner, Steven Moffat spoke up about CBS’s supposed idea, taking to Twitter to voice his opinion:
“We are very proud of our show, and like any proud parent will protect the interest and well being of our offspring,” Sue went on to say and all the power to her and the BBC for it. Who wouldn’t want to protect something they’ve put their name to and stuck their neck out for? If this keeps up and CBS moves forward in their attempt to create their own Holmes, legal action is definitively around the corner.
Additional details about Elementary have yet to be released, smart move CBS.
Source: You Bent My Wookie