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Space Western is a subgenre of science fiction, primarily grounded in film and television, that transposes themes of American Western books and film to a backdrop of futuristic space frontiers; it is the complement of the science fiction Western, which transposes science fiction themes onto an American Western setting. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... The cowboy, the quintessential symbol of the American Old West, circa 1887. ... A science fiction Western is a work of fiction which has elements of both the science fiction and Western genres. ...


"The Final Frontier" as a backdrop

This term supposes that the future of space exploration will be much like the taming of the old west of America. In some cases this may quite literally include frontier towns, train heists, and horses. The television series Firefly includes "core" worlds which consist of large high-tech cities and "border" worlds which are uncivilized and unindustrialized, violent, and often dusty. In other cases, only some places in the world have a Western feel, such as Planet Gunsmoke in Trigun. Historically, outlaws took advantage of the unmonitored wilderness of the frontier to hide in and in space westerns that vast frontier is space. A family of Russian settlers in the Caucasus region, ca. ... Train robbery was a crime that occurred mainly in the middle-to-late 19th century. ... Binomial name Equus caballus Linnaeus, 1758 The horse (Equus caballus, sometimes seen as a subspecies of the Wild Horse, Equus ferus caballus) is a large odd-toed ungulate mammal, one of ten modern species of the genus Equus. ... Firefly is a science fiction television series that premiered on television in the United States and Canada on September 20, 2002. ... Serialized in Shōnen Captain Original run February 1995 – 1997 No. ... An outlaw is a person living outside the law. ...

To some, Western frontier themes or "cowboyish" characters are enough to establish a story or setting as a space Western. Star Trek depicts space as "the Final Frontier". The StarCraft world setting was designed to feel rough and frontier-like, but contains no obvious visual or thematic throwbacks to Westerns. This article is about the entire Star Trek franchise. ... “Starcraft” redirects here. ...


This "frontier stories" view of the future is only one of many ways to look at space exploration, and not one that is held in high regard by futurologists like Raymond Kurzweil, who assert that humans will evolve past the need for rocket ships in the near future. Raymond Kurzweil (pronounced: ) (born February 12, 1948) is a pioneer in the fields of optical character recognition (OCR), text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments. ...

The Turkey City Lexicon,[1] a document produced by the Turkey City science fiction writers' workshop, condemns the space Western as "The most pernicious suite of 'Used Furniture' [that is, use of a pre-established background instead of a freshly created world]. The grizzled space captain swaggering into the spacer bar and slugging down a Jovian brandy, then laying down a few credits for a space hooker to give him a Galactic Rim Job." A peer-to-peer, professional science fiction writers workshop in Texas modeled after the east coast Milford Writers Workshop. ...

Galaxy ran an ad on its back cover, "You won't find it in Galaxy", which gave the beginnings of make-believe parallel Western and SF stories featuring a character named Bat Durston. From this ad stemmed the derisive term "Bat Durston" to refer to the subgenre. A Bat Durston is always a derogatory term, indicating that the entire story could be transplanted to the West without more than cosmetic changes. If the story uses Western motifs but contains a speculative element that can not be removed without redoing the plot, it may be a space Western but not a Bat Durston.


The influence of Westerns on Gene Roddenberry's original concept for Star Trek can be seen in the series' opening narration, "Space, the final frontier ...". Roddenberry pitched Star Trek to network executives as "Wagon Train to the stars."[2] Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American scriptwriter and producer. ... The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ... A frontier is a political and geographical term referring to areas near or beyond a boundary, or of a different nature. ... A pitch is a concise verbal (and sometimes visual) presentation of an idea for a film, generally made by a screenwriter or director to a producer or studio executive in the hope of attracting development finance to pay for a screenplay to be written. ... Wagon Train was a television series on NBC from 1957 to 1962 and on ABC from 1962 to 1965. ...

Tatooine is the quintessential frontier world in Star Wars universe and the Mos Eisley Cantina is very reminiscent to the saloons in old westerns. Han Solo is depicted as cowboyish in both dress and attitude. He displays archetypical characteristics of the American movie cowboy — toughness, independence, and skill with a gun. Han Solo, Calo Nord, Boba Fett, and Jango Fett can all be viewed as gunslingers in the Star Wars universe. In Westerns, bounty hunters are commonly depicted as romantic figures, such as the so-called Man with No Name played by Clint Eastwood. George Lucas attributes the character of Boba Fett to The Man with No Name in the DVD commentary on The Empire Strikes Back. Throughout the film, Boba Fett is never once referred to by name. His armor is reminiscent of Eastwood's poncho used throughout the trilogy. In the original trilogy, Boba Fett is like the Man with No Name in that he is mysterious and only speaks when necessary. In George Lucass Star Wars saga, Tatooine is the home planet of the Skywalker family and Ben Kenobi, the setting for much of the action in the sagas films (as well as several of the novels and other pieces of written fiction) and one of the most iconic... This article is about the series. ... The Mos Eisley Cantina is a fictional bar (cantina) of the Star Wars universe located in the pirate city of Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine. ... Saloon can mean: Any bar, especially in the American Wild West. ... Han Solo is a character in the Star Wars universe. ... This article is about minor characters in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jango redirects here. ... Gunslinger from The Great Train Robbery Gunslinger, also gunfighter, is a name given to men in the American Old West who had gained a reputation as being dangerous with a gun. ... This article lacks information on the subject matters importance. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the actor/producer/director. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to the first released Star Wars movie, and the second film released in the original trilogy. ...

One recent hybrid of Westerns and science fiction is the television series Firefly and its cinematic follow-up Serenity. This series not only used Western ideas such as the lawless frontier and the spiritually wounded veteran, but also included Western elements in costuming, design and dialogue. The back-story of Firefly has been called a deliberate echo of the post-American-Civil-War setting of many Westerns, with a hero who fought for the losing side. Director Joss Whedon remarks in the audio commentary about the various Westerns which influenced him and which techniques -- from dialogue to camerawork -- he tried to capture. Firefly is a science fiction television series that premiered on television in the United States and Canada on September 20, 2002. ... Serenity is a 2005 science fiction space western/epic film written and directed by Joss Whedon. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... Joss Hill Whedon (born Joseph Hill Whedon[3] on June 23, 1964 in New York) is an Academy Award-nominated American writer, director, executive producer, and creator of the well-known television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. ...


Michael Diamond Resnick (born Chicago, March 5, 1942), better known by his published name Mike Resnick, is a popular and prolific American science fiction author. ... Northwest Smith is a fictional character, and the hero of a series of stories by science fiction writer C. L. Moore. ... Catherine Lucile Moore (January 24, 1911 _ April 4, 1987) was an American science fiction and fantasy writer. ... Time Enough for Love is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1973. ... Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of hard science fiction. ... Girl in Landscape is a science fiction novel by Jonathan Lethem. ... Jonathan Allen Lethem (born February 19, 1964) is an American writer. ... Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926–July 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author of the genres Golden Age. ... Gordon Dickson lecturing. ...

Short stories

Michael Flynn, (born 1947), sometimes published as Michael F. Flynn, worked full time as a statistician and wrote science fiction as a sideline for several years. ... Astounding Stories was a seminal science fiction magazine founded in 1930. ...


If you are looking for the variant on the mohawk hairstyle, please go here: deathhawk. ... Mark Ellis can refer to different people: Mark Ellis: a record producer Mark Ellis: a Major League Baseball player Mark Ellis: a writer This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... I am Adam Hughes. ... Levins cover for Captain America #401 (June 1992). ... Jonah Hex is a Western comic book anti-hero, created by writer John Albano and artist Tony DeZuniga, and published by DC Comics. ... Apocalyptic science fiction is a sub-genre of science fiction that is concerned with the end of the world or civilization, through nuclear war, plague, or some other general disaster. ... 20XX redirects here. ... Star Rangers #1, cover art by Dave Dorman Star Rangers was a four-issue American comic book series created and written by Mark Ellis and penciled by artist Jim Mooney. ... Mark Ellis can refer to different people: Mark Ellis: a record producer Mark Ellis: a Major League Baseball player Mark Ellis: a writer This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Jim Mooney (born 1919) is an American comic book artist best known as a Marvel Comics inker and Spider-Man artist, and as the signature artist of DC Comics Silver Age Supergirl. ... Serialized in Shōnen Captain Original run February 1995 – 1997 No. ...


The American Astronaut is a 2001 Space western/Musical, directed by Cory McAbee. ... Battle Beyond the Stars is a Roger Corman-produced science fiction film, directed by Jimmy T. Murakami and released in 1980. ... The Magnificent Seven is a 1960 western film directed by John Sturges about a group of hired gunmen tasked with protecting a Mexican village from bandits. ... Categories: Wikipedia cleanup | Movie stubs ... Ghosts of Mars (also known as John Carpenters Ghosts of Mars) is a 2001 movie directed by John Carpenter, which in its basic themes is similar to his earlier film, Assault on Precinct 13. ... Moon Zero Two movie poster Moon Zero Two is a science fiction film produced by Hammer Films and released in 1969. ... Look up oblivion in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Outland is a 1981 science fiction movie starring Sean Connery. ... Serenity is a 2005 science fiction space western/epic film written and directed by Joss Whedon. ... Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (Paramount Pictures, 1989; see also 1989 in film) is the fifth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... Nimbus III is a planet from the fictional Star Trek universe that debuted on-screen in the 1989 science fiction film Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. ... This article is about the series. ... Titan A.E. is a 2000 animated sci-fi space adventure movie from Fox Animation Studios and Twentieth Century Fox. ...


Gunman Chronicles is a futuristic first-person shooter computer game using the Half-Life game engine. ... “Starcraft” redirects here. ... Wild Arms Alter Code: F Wild Arms is a series of role playing games for the PlayStation video game console. ... Policenauts ) is a Japanese adventure game written and directed by Hideo Kojima and developed and published by Konami. ...


The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers (1986-1989) was an animated science fiction Western television series created by Robert Mandell. ... BraveStarr is an animated space western made for children. ... Original run April 3, 1998 – April 23, 1999 Episodes 26 Movie: Knockin on Heavens Door (天国の扉) Director Shinichiro Watanabe Writer Keiko Nobumoto Studio Sunrise BONES Bandai Visual[2] Released September 1, 2001 Runtime 115 min. ... Firefly is an American science fiction television series created by writer/director Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, under his Mutant Enemy Productions. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers. ... Gun X Sword , the “×” is silent, but a part of the title[1]), known by some fans as GXS, is a 26-episode anime television series directed by Goro Taniguchi and produced by AIC A.S.T.A, which premiered in July 2005. ... Serialized in Ultra Jump Original run 1997 – No. ... Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs was a 1980s animated space western following a similar theme of Galaxy Rangers and Bravestarr. ... The Silverhawks Logo Silverhawks is an animated childrens television series. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ... Wild Arms (also known as Wild Arms: Twilight Venom) is an animated Japanese television series, based on Media. ...


  • SpaceWesterns.com An e-zine dedicated to the Space Western sub-genre opened on April 1st, 2007 with "Bat Durston, Space Marshal" by G. Richard Bozarth.

See also

Cross-genre is a term that refers to fiction or media, such as movies, books, or video games, that blend themes from two or more genres, such as fantasy and science fiction (science fantasy). ... For the comic book, see Steampunk (comics). ... Weird West is used to describe a combination of the western with another genre. ...


  1. ^ A Primer for SF Workshops
  2. ^ Remembering Gene Roddenberry


James Edwin Gunn (born 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American Science Fiction author, editor, scholar, and anthologist. ... The University of Kansas (often referred to as KU or just Kansas) is an institution of higher learning in Lawrence, Kansas. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... John Boynton Priestley, OM (born 13 September 1894, Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, died 14 August 1984, Warwickshire) was an English writer and broadcaster . ... is the 339th day of the year (340th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... The New Statesman is a left-of-centre political weekly published in London. ... “MIT” redirects here. ... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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