The Surprising Origins of Sci-Fi - Wisecrack Edition

24 déc. 2019
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Science fiction is something we associate with modern times, all space travel, jet packs and the like. But the truth is sci-fi dates incredibly far back, and creative folks have been imagining intergalactic adventures and extraterrestrial beings for centuries. Come dive into the earliest days of sci-fi in this Wisecrack Edition: The Surprising Origins of Sci-Fi?

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Written by: Amanda Scherker
Hosted by: Jared Bauer
Illustrations by: JR Fleming
Interview Edit by: Sarah Brill
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Produced by: Jacob Salamon and Evan Yee

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  • I read Lucian's A True Story in Kindle, it gives references to the works he is satorizing.

    Reuben MarchantReuben MarchantIl y a mois
  • Why does nobody call the bible a SciFi? Because it's historical fantasy duh.

    R.Vincent A.R.Vincent A.Il y a mois
  • 6:09 I think you mean comprise, not compromise.

    D. Lawrence MillerD. Lawrence MillerIl y a mois
  • Merchants of light = illuminati? Did you just crack their whole mythos, bro (punn intended)?

    Efrain GarciaEfrain GarciaIl y a mois
  • akh-em, dog star is actually the nickname of Sirius, the brightest star in the skies. So, its not an interplanetary war, its ..... interstellar!!

    human lobster projecthuman lobster projectIl y a 2 mois
  • Why does this channel greet it's viewers by implying we're Wisecrack? I'm not Wisecrack, you are. I'm a random viewer, and not a part of some wider Wisecrack community either. It's a very small thing, but annoys the hell outta me.

    FinnstigatorFinnstigatorIl y a 2 mois
  • ANALOG FRworldR XD

    Jade Of All TradesJade Of All TradesIl y a 2 mois
  • Do Umbrella Academy

    Passenger 56Passenger 56Il y a 2 mois
  • Not one mention of Icosameron. Did the author steal your girlfriend?

    Chuckie BChuckie BIl y a 3 mois
  • I almost stopped watching at the black mirror reference. I hate that fucking pile of dog shit. Love this, though.

    Allen DeWittAllen DeWittIl y a 3 mois
  • "Any sufficiently quotidian form of magic is indistinguishable from technology." -- Dearien's Corollary to Clarke's Law (a.k.a. The Harry Potter Principle)

    Jay DearienJay DearienIl y a 5 mois
  • Thank lord it wasn't Michael

    Jason AusJason AusIl y a 5 mois
  • A TRUE STORY is obviously a documentary.

    Richard CollierRichard CollierIl y a 5 mois
  • Broooo I HAVE TO read that first story that was brought up. the imagination of that guy from year 170 is gnarly af

    SobeCrunkMonsterSobeCrunkMonsterIl y a 5 mois
  • I think the first Scifi history is from old Mesopotamia, i mean the story of Anunnaki probably Sci-fi.

    SlownifSlownifIl y a 5 mois
  • I'm pretty sure I contributed to the writing of this video, this is a link to a comment I wrote 2 years ago

    AndrianarinivoAndrianarinivoIl y a 6 mois
  • I know you guys dont do such things but it's really interesting to think about sci-fi in music, and just world crafting through sound

    Alexander StoneAlexander StoneIl y a 6 mois
  • isnt religion the first form of scifi?

    Cătălin IonCătălin IonIl y a 7 mois
  • Tritomendetan doesn't bring anything up on google, can I ask where you guys got the picture?

    Mike GallagherMike GallagherIl y a 7 mois
  • Wait... you're telling me that Benjamin Button is inaccurate because he doesn't have ears down to his elbows?

    LalaLalaIl y a 7 mois
  • 1:48 Analog FRworldr😂😂

    the bulbthe bulbIl y a 8 mois
  • I would argue that although she's thought of today as one of the mothers of modern gothic horror Mary Shelley has a claim to being an early science fiction writer. Not just the sub title of Frankenstein, the modern Prometheus, but the subject matter is very much about the science of the day. Then you have The Last Man which is a straight up post apocalyptic story, and was published about 20 years before Jules Vern was born.

    Eric is probably full of shitEric is probably full of shitIl y a 8 mois
  • "Analog FRworldr" I almost did a spit take when I heard that. I had to swallow fast.

    Eric is probably full of shitEric is probably full of shitIl y a 8 mois
  • Thing about Herodotus, was that there are now known explanations for his stories: for example hairy gold digging ants have via etymology been linked to central asian marmots, which like the 'ants' also live in areas known for gold, dig a lot, are aggressive, and live in the same areas described (As for the other two: a lot of gold was present in ancient Northern Europe and well established trade has been found to go back to the bronze age, and for the enema well Egypt is known for it's extremely old medical practices and to be honest oil based enemas sounds lightyears ahead of us a century ago when we blew tobacco smoke up there instead) And for Ctesias, a lot of weird ancient and medieval writings about remote/distant culture groups did this in general. Cultural traits, eg extreme ear piercings, get described back as defining traits so ear piercings tribe becomes 'weird ear people'

    26CLT26CLTIl y a 8 mois
  • Herodotus the father of lies...that's definitely Turkish propaganda right there :P hahaha

    Ap TsagAp TsagIl y a 8 mois
  • They should teach this in school

    jennifervan75jennifervan75Il y a 8 mois
  • It’s also funny because, Afrofuturism is a whole other video all together, but is a type of Scifi creatively trying to confront 500 + years of cross continents trauma.

    8nonamefitsme8 1818nonamefitsme8 181Il y a 8 mois
  • “ another whitewashed version of western history “.Fantasy, & myth predates SciFi. But what we consider sci-fi elements specifically today, appeared in many cultures around the world, not just European. From underwater cities & merfolk from other planets in west Africa (like the Dogon), to Nubia, Egypt Indian tales of flying saucer shaped thrones throwing lightning, and tails of portals to other worlds by indigenous Americans. The western world is not only white but was significantly built by indigenous peoples and Africans... both races having thousands of years of heritage telling tales similar to modern sci-fi. Yeah let’s continue to white wash the timeline....-___-

    8nonamefitsme8 1818nonamefitsme8 181Il y a 8 mois
  • Im 3:14 in and im gonna go out on a limb (in my Teena Marie voice) and say that Lucian was in fact telling a true story. the dog faced men are generally known to be from Sirius star system

    Tee C.Tee C.Il y a 8 mois
  • I love you guys but is not a bit odd this video came out about 2 weeks before this one?

    Dean MurrayDean MurrayIl y a 8 mois
  • go to the Philosophical Research Society of Los Angeles. They are having a lecture series on Technology and Humanity

    Mario ZarateMario ZarateIl y a 8 mois
  • The Tempest by Shakespeare is also sometimes taught in college Sci-Fi courses. To say that certain books are the earliest examples of Sci-Fi is, paradoxically, not the same as saying that those same books are the *origins* of Sci-Fi. Generally speaking, the consensus seems to be that Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is the first work of Sci-Fi, but since I'm not a *huge* Mary Shelley fan, I'm willing to see this overturned, but it must be based on a definition of what it means to be the origin of something. I think that what it means to be the origin of something, in terms of literature, has to do with 1.) readership (i.e. a work not read by anybody can hardly be the origin of anything), and the fact that 2.) it inspires others to write the same kind of book.These are the minimum criteria, and there are probably more, but note that, while the above three *are* Sci-Fi, they don't pass these two criteria. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein maybe doesn't pass, either, idk. I'm not trying to be difficult, I just would've thought that the question of what it means to be the origin of something would've been the first thing discussed in the video. But, believe it or not, I did really love the video, I'm really excited to get to reading Lucian's True Story and Voltaire's Micromegas, did not know these existed!

    buckley cloudbuckley cloudIl y a 9 mois
  • Lucian sounds like the Roman precursor to Johnny Swift, actually, not so much a Sci-Fi precursor.

    That Other GuyThat Other GuyIl y a 9 mois
  • Unless you would die from a cedar oil seems very plausible

    Santan WestSantan WestIl y a 9 mois
  • Another important early science fiction work is Somnium (the Dream) by Johannes Kepler, in which the protagonist uses magic to travel to and explores the moon and sees the Earth revolve in the sky.

    Wolfgang V.Wolfgang V.Il y a 9 mois
  • nah the interview was fine... very mutually pertinent conversation, novel idea for a commercial

    Bryan McCormickBryan McCormickIl y a 9 mois
  • Lucian's True Story sounds like Bloodbourne, especially the man with dog's face.

    Sun JoeXYSSun JoeXYSIl y a 9 mois
  • So Lucian of Samosata is basically hbomberguy?

    parker469aparker469aIl y a 9 mois
  • And here I though no one could come close to Extra Sci-fi's comprehensive history of sci-fi. Had no idea the ancient history of it.

    Gui HarrisonGui HarrisonIl y a 9 mois
  • Is it bad I skipped the interview lol. Anyway actually liked this.

    Little cactus hillLittle cactus hillIl y a 9 mois
  • If u guys do a H.P. Lovecraft video, can u include how racist he was, and how his racism influenced the creatures he created?

    Mackenley JeanMackenley JeanIl y a 9 mois
  • Darko suvin sounds like a made up name.

    ATMOSK1234ATMOSK1234Il y a 9 mois
  • I love sci-fi and seeing it's roots i'm fascinated to learn more.

    Assassin GioAssassin GioIl y a 9 mois
  • Voltaire was the HP Lovecraft of his time then.

    allen crownallen crownIl y a 9 mois
  • I love this channel! 👍🏻 😎 🤟🏻

    Mario MonsalveMario MonsalveIl y a 9 mois
  • Wisecrack interviews Cthulhu

    sswgmsswgmIl y a 9 mois
  • I reccomend you watch the video "the giant from syrius" by lord bung. It's a free adaptation of micromegas, and a very good one.

    Nike_AguaraguazuNike_AguaraguazuIl y a 9 mois
  • Feel better Jared!

    Jason LuuJason LuuIl y a 9 mois

    Zack ShilakintheakakpackZack ShilakintheakakpackIl y a 9 mois
  • Please consider getting a haircut.

    Debora FiuzaDebora FiuzaIl y a 9 mois
  • I have autism and let me tell you it is not a superpower, it has made my life very difficult.

    Daniel MartinezDaniel MartinezIl y a 9 mois
  • Many people might hate me but, Like to Ask.... Is there a possibility that many of the hindu mythology is actually sci-fi?

    NoOnes Home87NoOnes Home87Il y a 9 mois
    • No

      Increase PeaceIncrease PeaceIl y a 9 mois
  • Ya'll should do a genealogy of the superhero next.

    Evan PayneEvan PayneIl y a 9 mois
  • I can see Lovecraft as sci-fi in some parts... But in today's perspective. Back in his day, with the scientific understanding of the time, and the explanation said in this video, could it really be considered sci-fi mixed with it's horror?

    Michael GMichael GIl y a 9 mois
  • Herodotus...first fake news?

    The Bass is LoadedThe Bass is LoadedIl y a 9 mois
  • Wait so they didn't have awesome enemas in Egypt? Fuck my life is a lie.

    Conor Aspie-Anarchist SartreConor Aspie-Anarchist SartreIl y a 9 mois
  • Wow, Voltaire was the OG Rick Sanchez

    Alex SilvaAlex SilvaIl y a 9 mois
  • Utopia means nowhere in greek

    Ricardo OliverosRicardo OliverosIl y a 9 mois
  • that interview was rough. Loved the sci fi deep dive though

    sidious501sidious501Il y a 9 mois
  • Yo, Jared is asking such good questions, and she has no idea what she's talking about...

    MatthewTigerSwansonMatthewTigerSwansonIl y a 9 mois
  • That interview was painful

    MatthewTigerSwansonMatthewTigerSwansonIl y a 9 mois
  • 1940's Funnies comic had a TV tablet and Dick Tracy had Wrist Radio both before there was a Star Trek. Flash Gordon comic stripe had stories about traveling faster than speed of light before Star Trek. Norse Mythology they traveled on rainbow bridge throughout the cosmos before Star Trek where they transported using energy beams.

    hydrolitohydrolitoIl y a 9 mois
  • The interview was very nice because you seemed like a person rather than a narrator.

    SapienSapienIl y a 9 mois
  • What about Egyptian mythology the gods traveled for millions of years, came from another star, had sun chariot, and so on. Greek Mythology powerful beings traveled with sun chariots, made wings to fly, Hephaestus built intelligent machines resembling women, he also used Geo thermo power below the earth which we would call a Volcano which name comes from Vulcan the Roman version of Hephaestus. Eros had arrows to control emotions, and so on.

    hydrolitohydrolitoIl y a 9 mois
    • That's mythology not sci-fi.

      Increase PeaceIncrease PeaceIl y a 9 mois
  • 5:17 Because of translation those might have been groundhogs.

    SapienSapienIl y a 9 mois
  • 2:57 About as weird as our aliens might seem to future humans who are more advanced than us.

    SapienSapienIl y a 9 mois
  • 2 dozen grandmas. Love that time reference

    Irene G.Irene G.Il y a 9 mois
  • Hey wisecrack, it would be awesome if y'all could do a kind of prophetic look into to possible future of the upcoming decade. There are so many dystopian depictions of the future set in the 2020s in modern fiction.

    Kenneth SaulKenneth SaulIl y a 9 mois
  • Why star wars is so good!? Why star wars is so good!? Why star wars is so good!? Why star wars is so good!?

    Joãoa Lourenço AffonsoJoãoa Lourenço AffonsoIl y a 9 mois
  • "This You Tube video was brought to you by You Tube... duh... but seriously."

    Roach DoggJRRoach DoggJRIl y a 9 mois
  • Francis Bacon's work seems very reminiscent of the plot of fallout 4 where a hidden utopian society lives to make scientific discoveries from above ground with a man named "father" as their figurehead. Bethesda also borrowed the "unfinished" part as well

    PSYlinkx5000PSYlinkx5000Il y a 9 mois
  • Impulse: "Imagine if Carrie had seizures"

    Guest InformantGuest InformantIl y a 10 mois
  • :)

    Sepia QuotientSepia QuotientIl y a 10 mois
  • That interview was hard to watch. She wasn't up to it, Jared was too much for her.

    Máscara VerdeMáscara VerdeIl y a 10 mois
  • "Ever seen black mirror?" >gets rise of skywalker ad

    Orchestra GamerOrchestra GamerIl y a 10 mois
  • In defense of Herodotus: he actually stressed that he believed a lot of the things he wrote down to be false. However, he methodically chose to write down everything he heard, especially about foreign lands, peoples and creatures. Not with the intention to lie, as said he often wrote that he himself believed these things to be untrue, but because he believed that no knowledge should be lost, even if its a myth,. I study history and like most of my collegues i wish more ancient historians would have used these methods, because a lot of knowledge has been lost simply because some authors thought it wasnt true and didnt bother writing it down.

    Edward HydeEdward HydeIl y a 10 mois
    • Well that would make him more of an anthropologist than an historian then.

      Increase PeaceIncrease PeaceIl y a 9 mois
  • Please! Philosophy of Old boy...

    miguel rodriguezmiguel rodriguezIl y a 10 mois
  • Lucian's work is the literary equivalent of "Tripping balls, man"

    PETTY officerPETTY officerIl y a 10 mois
  • Jeez, she hasn't got a whole lot to say

    MaxsSeveredHeadMaxsSeveredHeadIl y a 10 mois
  • 2/3 of this video is an ad.

    chris jensenchris jensenIl y a 10 mois
  • Voltaire's answer to the question about the Universe, Life and Everything is basically 42.

    Naum RusomarovNaum RusomarovIl y a 10 mois
  • interesting stuff, thx

    Jari FullerJari FullerIl y a 10 mois
  • "Furry ants the size of foxes in Persia" so... solifugae, aka sun spiders?

    Patreeko theArtistPatreeko theArtistIl y a 10 mois
  • Yeah my spell jammers are now fighting lettuce winged swans this is gold!

    666thebeast666thebeastIl y a 10 mois
  • This was interesting but to hear the word "Sci-Fi" so many times was like fingernails on a blackboard. so no "Like".

    Francis Srečko FabianFrancis Srečko FabianIl y a 10 mois
  • Yeah that Science Fiction guy a long way down but I still liked it

    Jackie SantosJackie SantosIl y a 10 mois
  • Homie needs a haircut

    Cody NunezCody NunezIl y a 10 mois
  • From a "True story" (170AD) the 1st story; Lachanopters -Elder Ones (Lovecraft) Anemodromians -The Vril ("The coming race") Living lights - Ophanim Thrones aka Wheels, D'Jinn, The Pilan. City on a cork - Floating cities. Fishpeople/Trarychanians - Oannes, Nommo, Dagon. "The deep ones". Tritomendetans - Cherubium aka Tetraform beasts aka Sphinx, Griffin, Llamasu, etc. And the story correlates locations featured in Babylonian/Sumerian/Akkadian text. *Taps side of nose*

    P.D. SP.D. SIl y a 10 mois
  • Lucian of Samosata: "True Story, bruh"

    Misery Lit MediaMisery Lit MediaIl y a 10 mois
  • I enjoyed the interview at the end!

    Devin CrumDevin CrumIl y a 10 mois
  • great video again, don’t usually do this sorta thing but if anyone’s interested pls check out my student short film 5 mins

    Hugo PattersonHugo PattersonIl y a 10 mois
  • Some of these would make wacky films!

    holtby91holtby91Il y a 10 mois
  • For once...Jared has done the peace sign correctly!

    William David ThompsonWilliam David ThompsonIl y a 10 mois
  • Micromega is actually well... Not underappreciated. At least not in France. The most famous quote is, one you forgot to mention, "you are like the ants in your boats" even though you paragraphed it well. Something you forgot to mention though, what make them so different from "modern sci-fi" is that most of those earlier works where "what if god created this or we have hidden worlds there". The Sci fi genre mostly boomed post discovery of America with new worlds and incredible landscape stuff. New Atlantis is interesting in that fashion because it does qualify as a modern Sci fi for discuting what MEN might be able to create, you know, the whole reason why Frankenstein is considered the first modern Sci fi book. But the fact that you mentioned it but do not mentionned the og Atlantis who was also a land of technology prouess even tho Plato is a vague bastard is... Meh Also you forgot to mention Gulliver, Rabelais and such... Great video tho! For how short your video is this is great.

    Dorothy was right thoDorothy was right thoIl y a 10 mois
  • This raises a good point. We can define what sci-fiction must possess in order to be classed as science fiction. Some, or all, of the story must be technically possible, feasible or plausible. Magic, for example, is an element which excludes a story from the science-fiction classification in most cases. ESP is a border line topic, but as long as some form of scientific basis behind it is explained it can still be classed as science fiction, however it must be plausible. So in the initial 6 Star Wars movies, the force does not preclude star wars from being science fiction because it is classed as something which has a scientific basis, just. Of course the last three movies blows this apart and the force has moved into total fantasy by being about to do anything the writers want it. When we deal with borderline cases we need to determine the impact of ESP, or magic in the story. If the story is only about ESP, or scientifically explained magic, its better placed in the fantasy bucket. If it’s a scientifically explained element, but is only part of the story with the real being plausible, then its likely science fiction. Doctor Who started grounded in reality so would be classed as science fiction, but the reboot contains a lot of fantasy elements so probably is moving towards fantasy. So, in summary, if a story feels like it could occur in some alternative universe, with our current level of scientific knowledge, but is not possible or currently occurring in our current universe, its probably science fiction. 1984 is science fiction, buffy the vampire slayer is fantasy. If this is correct i am not certain if these works would be classed as sci-fi.

    Peter F-ModelPeter F-ModelIl y a 10 mois
  • Can we get a Dune reference?

    Ashvin jagadeesanAshvin jagadeesanIl y a 10 mois
  • Sponsored content _and_ commercial interruptions? Dude. 😒

    TheWyrdSmytheTheWyrdSmytheIl y a 10 mois
  • What about some of stories in One Thousand and One Nights which some of scifi themes.

    Tecpaocelotl CastilloTecpaocelotl CastilloIl y a 10 mois
  • Could you guys do a break down of "falling down"

    Jonathon BoonJonathon BoonIl y a 10 mois
  • Okay, Jarred, you just pushed some massive bullshit that doesn't make any sense. Did you mean *psionics* because in science fiction there's no psychic powers without it. Oh, BTW, the first thing you should know about Sci-Fi is not one call it that. Grand master Samuel R. Delaney equates it to the N-word and asserts he feels the same tinge when people use it. They call it _skiffy,_ scientific fiction, science fiction (with or without the hyphen) or simply SF. They way you throw it around makes me think you're purposely trying to provoke people. Oh, and another BTW, the whole Spoiler thing came from SF author Spider Robinson when he use to review books for _Galaxy_ magazine. He felt restricted in talking about a books in vague terms, so he started the entire Spoiler meme back in the 70s. The earliest SF novel was Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. Nobody I know of takes any of the fantasy books you cite as science fiction. Issac Asimov famously explained why they don't fit the definition as such, and then you offer it up here as if your experts, which you, Jarred, most definitely are not. I will be avoiding _Impulse_ like the plague. I like science fiction--not bullshit.

    jackdeathjackdeathIl y a 10 mois