26 August 2004

As further proof that scientists often don't know literature very well, consider the Guardian's survey of leading scientists on the "ten best science fiction films of all time." Let's just note that they couldn't even count to ten (several films were "paired"), which is not good for scientists to start with. I won't go into detailed criticism of the particular choices, either inclusions (The War of the Worlds and The Matrix) or exclusions. If you're going to pair two Star Wars and two Terminator movies, why exclude Aliens? Not on grounds of "it's not the whole series," because the two pairings noted are also of only parts of series. I'll just note that C.P. Snow may have been on to something.