A new site from the BBC, to tie in with BBC FOUR’s excellent Science Fiction Britannia season, about people and their relationship to science fiction. Doesn’t it sound like a great idea?

Unfortunately, it’s mostly bollocks. See the Red Dwarf section. Now, I’ve had a good hunt around, but I can’t actually find anything of interest there. I mean, does this add anything to the sum of human knowledge? “true british talent, funny and never taking itself seriously, robot that cant fake swear smeg”. Erm, yes.

The obvious answer would be to go on there and make the section interesting; and I might do if I have time. The same goes for the rest of the site. But it’s difficult to summon up the enthusiasm when you’re faced with that mountain of shite. People’s history is important – but it doesn’t mean everyone has something of interest to say about every topic. Most of that site is irrelevant, boring, or cliched. Or all three. And the fact that a lot of the people who have contributed don’t seem to have a basic grasp of spelling or grammar is actually really rather sad.

We can only hope that the editorialised collection of thoughts that comes when the site is wound down are more interesting. I suppose to make that more likely, we should all go over there and give our thoughts. But I wouldn’t blame you if you couldn’t be arsed. When you’re looking for interesting views on 28 Days Later, and all you get is “Its scary good and its british!!!!!”, you end up wanting to stab yourself to death rather quickly.

There’s nothing elitist about wanting to read something that isn’t a pile of horseshit.

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