Our favorite science fiction movies

The contributors to Contact-Infinite Futures talk about their favorite science fiction films.


Timothy S. Johnston, writer of futuristic thrillers including The Furnace (2013), The Freezer (2014), and The Void (2015), says Planet of the Apes (1968), The Thing (1982), and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) are his three favorite science fiction movies.

“APES was a watershed film for me. The final minute could be considered the most powerful ending in SF … and one of the first twist endings. It staggered theater-goers at the time. I just love that film. It examined class struggle and religion, and encased it all in a seemingly silly Sci-Fi setting. It’s a brilliant work of art,” he says.

“THE THING and INVASION are favorites because both make use of The Imposter Theme and include intense paranoia. I love The Imposter Theme in Sci-Fi, because it touches on our own self-esteem issues. My book THE FURNACE is an imposter-themed novel for this reason.”


KC Burn, author of scorching M/M science fiction like Voodoo ‘N’ Vice and the paranormal North on Drummond, loves space opera, science fiction romance and a bit of humor in movies such as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), Galaxy Quest (1999), Serenity (2005), and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).

“Sharing sci-fi movies & TV with my dad make up some of my earliest memories, so it’s no surprise that I like to write it,” says KC, “but I generally prefer the fluffier sci-fi!”

Lilly Cain, author of the Confederacy Treaty Series erotic SF-romance novels, shares KC’s love of Guardians.

“It was way more fun than I’d thought,” she says. “But my favorite science fiction movie is I Am Number Four.” The 2011 film is based on the New York Times Bestseller YA SF novel I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore.

“I think the movie did a fairly good representation of the atmosphere of the books,” says Lilly, “and I loved the boy they picked to play Four (Alex Pettyfer). His attitude and frustration at the beginning are spot on, as are his defiance and optimism later. And I liked the dog.”


Anna Hackett, author of the Phoenix Adventures series including At Star’s End, In the Devil’s Nebula, and On a Rogue Planet, loves space opera, too. Her favorite movies are Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), The Fifth Element (1997) and Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013).

Aliens (1986) is the favorite of Cathy Pegau, author of award-winning science fiction romances Caught in Amber and Deep Deception. This science fiction action-horror film and sequel to the 1979 film Alien starred Sigourney Weaver as the kickass heroine Ellen Ripley.

“Ripley was great in the first movie too, but the sequel really brought out her character’s strengths and vulnerabilities,” says Cathy. “And if you think about it, she and the alien queen were very much alike as far as protecting their kids.”


J.L. Hilton, creator of the post-cyberpunk Stellarnet Series, also loves Serenity, so much that she’s been involved in the Can’t Stop the Serenity global sci-fi charity event since 2006. Other favorite science fiction movies include Time Machine (1960), Blade Runner (1982) and Tron (1982).

“I loved Tron so much in 6th grade I memorized how to draw a recognizer (a kind of transport vehicle) and would doodle them at school,” she says.

Time Machine wasn’t called ‘steampunk’ back in the 70s when I first watched the film, but it inspired my love of the Victorian sci-fi aesthetic.”

What are your favorite science fiction movies and why?


  1. Great picks! My list would include some of those already mentioned, so I’ll go for a few that haven’t been:

    Total Recall (1990) – All sorts of awesome. On one level it’s blunt-as-hell and in your face, but the plotting is wicked and the storytelling razor-sharp. Love Verheoven SF movies.

    The Incredible Shrinking Man – A masterpiece from the 1950’s. Smart and totally gripping.

    Back to the Future – No matter how many times I watch it, it never gets old. A real American classic.

  2. Reblogged this on Visions and Revisions and commented:
    Science fiction usually does better on the screen than on the page. Here’s a great list of science fiction favorites!

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