Topic Science Fiction Films and Science Topics Science Fiction Summary Biology/Life Science Cellular biology, origin of life Viruses, disease The Andromeda Strain (1971) Outbreak (1995) A group of scientists investigate a deadly new alien virus. Nuclear energy Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) Them (1954) Nuclear energy Silkwood (1980) Time travel The Time Machine (1960 and 2002) A man-made monster comes to life with the help of electricity. Early atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant monsters. Story of Karen Silkwood, the Oklahoma nuclear-plant worker who blew the whistle on dangerous practices at the Kerr-McGee Corporation. A 19th century inventor travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races. Multi-cellularity Plant structure Plant movement Circulatory system DNA DNA, extinction Evolution A deadly airborne virus finds its way into the USA and starts killing off people at an epidemic rate. The Blob (1958 and 1988) A strange life form consumes everything in its path as it grows. The Thing (1982) Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. The Day of the Triffids Triffids are experimental plants that escape and are capable (1962) of moving themselves around and attacking people. Fantastic Voyage (1966) Scientists attempt to save a life by shrinking a submarine to microscopic size and injecting it into his blood stream with a small crew. Gattaca (1997) A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one and travels in space. Jurassic Park (1993) To create a theme park, scientists clone dinosaurs which escape during a security breach. Planet of the Apes (1968 An astronaut lands on a planet inhabited by human-like apes and 2001) who rule the planet with an iron fist. Physical Science Electricity Earth Science Meteors and comets Earthquakes Volcanoes Space Meteor (1979) Pollution, environment, natural resources Earth and space science Global warming The Lorax (1972) Global warming, overpopulation Earthquake (1974) Dante’s Peak (1997) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) October Sky (1999) The Day After Tomorrow (2004) Soylent Green (1973) After a collision with a comet, a piece of the asteroid heads towards Earth. An earthquake devastates Los Angeles. Dante’s Peak is threatened by a volcano. Mankind finds a mysterious artifact on the moon and scientists work with an intelligent computer to understand its meaning. A ruined industrialist tells his tale of his environmentally self destructive greed despite the warnings of an old forest creature. Story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son, who studied rocketry against his father's wishes. A climatologist tries to save the world from global warming. Life on an overpopulated futuristic Earth ruined by global warming. Adapted from Firooznia, 2006; Dubeck, Moshier, and Boss, 2003; and Cavanaugh and Cavanaugh, 2004. Adapted from Firooznia, 2006; Dubeck, Moshier, and Boss, 2003; and Cavanaugh and Cavanaugh, 2004.