Beam Me Up: Science-Fiction in Literatur, Film, Fernsehen & Co.

Berlin, June 29th, 2021. Scientific and technical speculations, space travel topics, the distant future, foreign civilizations and mostly future developments are not only characteristics of science fiction, but also make up the fascination with this genre.

Politics & Culture, the newspaper of the German Cultural Council, dedicates its summer edition 7-8 / 21 to the subject of science fiction in literature, film, television and the like.

Topics of the special issue are among other:

  • Development and importance of science fiction
  • Science inspired by science fiction
  • Science-Fiction-Literatur: Alternativweltromane
  • Women in Science Fiction Literature
  • Science-Fiction-Games
  • Science-Fiction-Film
  • Utopian Filme of DEFA
  • Music in science fiction films
  • Science-Fiction in Comics, Mangas & Graphic Novels
  • Science fiction in media and everyday life
  • Markt & Merchandising
  • Religious-historical context of science fiction
  • Epidemics in the Star Trek Universe
  • Science-Fiction-Fanclubs

You can find the articles in Politics & Culture 7-8 / 21 on pages 17 to 29.

The photographs in the focus come from selected science fiction films from 1929 to 2021.

The managing director of the German Cultural Council and publisher of Politics & Culture, Olaf Zimmermann, said: “In my opinion, what is fascinating about science fiction is the tension between the human here and now, the longing and the search for the future, which always fluctuates between utopia and dystopia. Science fiction is rarely just one thing, just utopia or just dystopia. Usually both are mixed together. In science fiction, it is not uncommon for social challenges to be acted out very early on. That is why science fiction is an exciting artistic genre, especially in times of great upheaval. “

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The authors the focus is on:

Judith Blage, Science journalist; Lena Falkenhagen, freelance writer; Theresa Hannig, Writer; Linus Hauser, until his retirement, professor of systematic theology at the Institute for Catholic Theology at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen; Sven Jachmann, Journalist, editor at Splitter-Verlag and the online magazine Comic.de; Markus Metz, freelance journalist and author; Andreas Rauscher, research assistant for media culture studies at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg; Thomas Recktenwald, Chairman of the Board of the Science Fiction Club Germany; Georg Ruppelt, Author, editor and columnist; Georg Seeßlen, freelance journalist and author; Sebastian Stoppe, research assistant at the Leipzig University Library; Willem Strank, research assistant at the Institute for Modern German Literature and Media at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel; Klaus Vieweg, Professor of Philosophy at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena; Barbara worm, Research Associate in the Faculty of East Slavic Literatures and Cultures at the Humboldt University in Berlin; Olaf Zimmermann, Managing Director of the German Cultural Council and publisher of Politics & Culture


  • Politics & Culture is the newspaper of the German Cultural Council. It is edited by Olaf Zimmermann and Theo Geißler.

  • The summer edition 7-8 / 21 of Politics & Culture with the focus “Beam Me Up: Science-Fiction Between Utopia and Dystopia” is also available for download as a free e-paper (pdf file).