Re: Sci-Fi is trash...
I watched all the cowboy shows as a youngster, and even listened to them on the radio – oh God I’m old. Much to my mother’s chagrin, my dad and I used to drink a nice glass of butter milk and listen to all those radio shows from the late forties: Ozzie and Harriet, Fiber McGee and Molly, Amos and Andy, The Traveler, The Shadow, the Doors of the Inner Sanctum, and of course the Lone Ranger and Tonto (Git’um up Scout) and the Cisco Kid and his side-kick Pancho (Hey Ceesco! Wait for me). I even remember some of the advertiser’s ditties.
I watched every cowboy I could and there were a lot on TV in the early fifties—a lot of those serial 20 minute reelers played in theaters over the weeks to get folks to comeback. Lash La Rue (he carried a whip. Hop-along Cassidy, Gene Autry and gabby hays – (C’mon Gene, how ’bout some more Double Mint?), and of course Roy Rogers. Bonanza, Gun Smoke and the lot.
My personal favorite along those lines was "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickock" with Guy Madison as Bill and Andy Devine as his sidekick "Jingles" (Hey Bill! Wait fer me!). I remember the intro to the show showed Madison, as Bill, riding his horse and firing his six-shooter. The last shot was aimed directly at the camera. I remember hiding beside my grandmother's couch as Bill fired that last shot, so Bill wouldn't "shoot" me. That's what a six-year-old imagination does to you.
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Re: Sci-Fi is trash...
Ummm, I didn't read this entire thread, because I can't concentrate long enough to do that. But it started out as a conversation about sci fi, the goods, the bads, and the uglies. It never occurred to me to write sci fi, or fantasy for that matter, although I did read it from time to time. Then I swear I read an essay by Ursula Le Guin in which she said, "There's no such thing as science fiction, there is only fiction." I thought duh. Woman has a point. So I delved into it and found it to be incredibly liberating. And I like all those movies you mentioned too. I remember watching Invasion of the Body Snatchers on TV as a kid and being totally spellbound by the pod people. Later I learned it was all about McCarthy era paranoia. I posted part of a sci fi story called Colony, which is actually about the Zulu people rebelling against British colonization, based on the way cool movie Zulu starring Michael Caine before he was old enough to shave. Anyway, long live sci fi!