President Obama's Seven Essential Sci-Fi Films/Series, Or, Science-Fiction 101

October 14, 2016


The following is a list of President Obama's seven essential science fiction films/series as appearing in a special Issue of Wired he guest-edited. It is arguably the most white bread list any person could come up with, which make sense because I assume Obama had his top people on it.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Blade Runner
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Star Wars: A New Hope
Star Trek (The Original Series)
The Martian
The Matrix
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage

I'm assuming numbers 8 - 10 were Alien, X-Files and The Twilight Zone or Doctor Who. I mean, I guess these are essentials, but they're like, so essential there's no way anybody hasn't seen them. I wouldn't even classify these as sci-fi essentials, they're just essential essentials. Except The Martian, that was just okay.

Thanks to Andy TA, who agrees The Abyss and Cocoon should have made the list.

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