Increasingly grim climate projections have convinced a growing number of scientists it's time to start conducting experiments to find out what might work.
The grim projections are increasing because people are tuning out the repetitive mundane warnings of climate hysterics, and because they are an effective way for the climate change industry to raise money.
For example, I'm pretty sure that
Anne Hathaway’s Husband Begs Her to Stop Practicing Oscar Acceptance Speech
and John Hinckley, Jr. Furious to Discover Jodie Foster is Gay 32 Years Too Late
Aren't to be taken too seriously
Edge of Tomorrow came out in 2014, a scant 3 years ago.
Interstellar came out in 2014, a scant 3 years ago.
Looper came out in 2012. It wasn't as big as the other ones I've mentioned, but its box office returns were 6x its production budget (which is much better than some of the bigger names above).
Gravity, 2013, might be argued to not be sci-fi but science fact, but presuming we can reasonably call it Sci fi, it did pretty well, bringing in about $723M in revenues.
Inception, 2011, made approximately 5.5x its budget and brought in around $826M, which is successful by most people's account
District 9, 2009, brought in only around $210M, but only cost around $30M or so, so a 7x multiplier, and hugely popular
(all numbers courtesy of http://www.boxofficemojo.com/)
Now, it's likely -- this being Slashdot -- that someone will argue that some/all of these movies aren't good, or particularly original. That's fine. The original claim was "no successful Sci-fi movies in the last decade who aren't remakes, [s|pr]equel, or spin-offs. None of these movies are that.
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