I'm searching for sites and/or books which have the most interesting theories (pseudo-theories), philosophical/religious ideas, and hypotheses gathered from speculative fiction, primarily, in science fiction and fantasy. For example, the movie The Matrix (1999) has some interesting (pseudo)theories.

Also, web sites which trace the origins of ideas/hypotheses, motifs (leitmotifs) in movies (primarily animation) and/or literature would be very useful. For example, the movie The Matrix, has ideas from philosophy, religion, Japanese animation, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

I'm also wondering how many other people are interested in this, too.

  • Questions asking for lists of things are considered off-topic here, sorry.
    – Tony Meyer
    Nov 10, 2011 at 20:55
  • I didn't ask for a/the list.
    – aksr
    Sep 7, 2014 at 11:33

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Technovelgy would probably satisfy part of your request - it's a directory of technologies proposed in fiction with information about who proposed it. I can't speak to the completeness of it.


For books discussing the inspirations, philosophy, influences etc. of a particular work, it would be best to look at companion books to that work - for example, if you're interested in Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, Hy Bender's The Sandman Companion is worth a look.

An overview of such facets of all Science Fiction would be way beyond the scope of any single work, but the Clute/Nicholls Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is as good an overview of the field as any.

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    'Beyond the scope of any single work'? My friend, I give you TV Tropes
    – Jeff
    Nov 4, 2011 at 14:45
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    Speaking of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, the third edition will be online (since a print edition would be far far too big) and the beta text is available now: sf-encyclopedia.com
    – Talvalin
    Nov 8, 2011 at 22:51

Not really an answer to your question, yet you might want to take a look at A History of Science Fiction, a special map by Ward Shelley. (This link leads to a website that provides a great introduction to the map. From there, you'll have to follow another link to arrive at the actual map (click "enlarge here" in the upper right corner.))

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