How Has Sci-Fi Shed Its Old Image of Being Purely For Nerdy People?

Sci-fi was long-associated with being a nerdy genre, and a lot of people would be fearful to admit enjoying it. In the past, the ideas flaunted in the genre,...

Sci-fi was long-associated with being a nerdy genre, and a lot of people would be fearful to admit enjoying it. In the past, the ideas flaunted in the genre, such as computers and advanced technology, had a strong association with geeks. But now that society has become entrenched in the digital and information age, the average person now has access to all the knowledge and tech that was previously considered so niche. This has helped sci-fi as a genre become much more widely accepted. Indeed, it could even be considered cool nowadays.


Sci-Fi Is Now One of the Most Prevalent Genres

Until recently, science fiction was considered to be a niche genre. Of course, there have been various blockbusters over the years such as James Cameron’s Avatar. But generally, the top-grossing, mainstream movies have mainly been action and adventure offerings. This is beginning to change, though, and one of the main people leading this shift is Sir Ridley Scott.



Scott has directed some of the biggest sci-fi films ever made, and has now turned his attention to television in an effort to reach more people. HBO’s Raised by Wolves is his latest accomplishment. He produced the series and directed the first two episodes. The series has garnered strong reviews and attracted a lot of viewers. It joins the likes of Stranger Things and Star Trek: Discovery in the ever-expanding list of cool sci-fi options on television.

Popular Throughout Multiple Entertainment Sectors

Sci-fi has also become one of the most popular genres in the gaming industry as well, strengthening its claim as a cool genre. One of the most recent blockbuster releases was Cyberpunk 2077 from CD Projekt RED. This is a futuristic sci-fi offering and is considered to be one of the most eagerly-anticipated games ever released.

Another notable sci-fi game was Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The 2011 title developed by Eidos Montreal was one of the most profitable games that Square Enix has ever released. It led to an expansion of the franchise with further sequels and a mobile game.


Not The Only Thing to Become More Socially Accepted

Sci-fi isn’t the only form of entertainment that was previously stereotyped but is now more generally accepted. One of the best examples of this shift in recent years has been seen with bingo, which was once considered a pastime of the older generation.

Since the game moved to an online setting, the most popular age bracket is actually among people aged between 25 and 34. This is thanks to the fact that there is an abundance of choice to be found online. The sheer number of sites to play at has led to comparison tools that help players find the best new bingo sites. They do this by reviewing the offerings and stating the bonuses available.

Chess is another game that seems to be enjoying a shift in playing demographics. For many years, it was associated with older players, but it seems to be enjoying a renaissance online with younger generations. This is thanks to interactive sites like, along with the popular Netflix series, The Queen’s Gambit.

With sci-fi rapidly becoming one of the most prevalent and popular genres across film, television, and gaming, it is plain to see that its image of being nerdy is a thing of the past. This may be because the ideas that were previously put forward by the genre used to seem impossible. But now technology has progressed so much, people have been able to open their minds to what could potentially happen in the future.

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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