Celebrity Sci-Fi Fave Raves

Amazingly, “My Sci-Fi” has been a regular article in the mag-based version of SFX for over 11 years now. It began in issue #78, with a mission to ask celebs who are not primarily associated with our genre (though some of them dabble) what they like in the way of science fiction and fantasy. So, who was our first victim? None other than Simon Pegg… well, back then he wasn’t quite so sci-fi. (His picks in 2001, by the way, were The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Knight Returns and Buffy The Vampire Slayer – wonder if they’ve changed now?).

Since then, we’ve interviewed 150 more celebs for the article from all walks of fame – pop stars, comedians, sportspeople, politicians, even ex-porn stars.

Here are 15 of our favourites from over the years, either because of who they are, or because of the answers they gave. We can’t help wondering what the ones who suggested Lost thought of the final episode…

 




 

PROFESSOR BRIAN COX

Not to be confused with the actor, Prof Brian Cox – formerly keyboard player in the pop group D:Ream (but things could only get better) is a particle physicist at the University of Manchester. He was scientific consultant on Sunshine, and presents “amazing” science programmes on the telly.

FAVOURITE SF/FANTASY MOVIE “When I was growing up, Alien was  a huge favourite of mine. At the time, I was fascinated by spacecraft, so I couldn’t be bothered with the horror bit – I just loved the architecture of the ships and the dirty future that Ridley Scott had created. I also loved the first Star Trek film, which I think was probably the best until the new one. I think that science fiction is a place where our imaginations can fly and the new Star Trek was wonderful for that. In my view it’s as valid as science fiction as 2001.”

FAVOURITE SF/FANTASY TV SHOW “I think some of the new Doctor Who episodes have been amazing. I loved ‘Blink’ and ‘Human Nature’. I also like Star Trek, particularly The Next Generation around seasons three, four and five.”

FAVOURITE SF/FANTASY BOOK OR COMIC One of my favourite novels is Childhood’s End, by Arthur C Clarke. It’s nonsense in a way, with this idea of an event in the human future that resonates into the past and these aliens that come down to prepare humanity for the next stage of evolution. As a physicist, I’m damn sure that you can’t time travel into the past, but the wonder of sci-fi is that you can explore those existential questions. That’s why I love it.”

SCI-FI GUILTY PLEASURE “I love things like When Worlds Collide, those classic ’50s sci-fi movies – I don’t know if that’s guilty or credible, but I’ve got a soft spot for them because I grew up with them.”