“Action packed lots and lots of monster killing. You know all the stuff sci-fi fans love.”
No. That’s not what sci-fi fans like. Or, at least, that’s not what this here sci-fi fan likes.
I grew up on the sci-fi of the likes of Asimov, Clarke, the Strugatsky brothers, Lem, or for that matter, Verne and Wells. Science fiction that contemplated the future of humanity, the role of science and technology, our destiny, the dangers we face, our chance of survival, our responsibilities. THAT’s what science fiction means to me. I don’t mind action and monsters, if well done it can even be fun, but no action or monster killing can make up for the absence of a credible plot and a meaningful story.