Beaming Up Gift Ideas for Father's Day

Can your dad walk you through programming a gate diagnostic on a Stargate? If he is a science fiction fan, then the answer is likely yes. Your father also could probably tell you the dilithium matrix to a warp core from the Enterprise. One thing that he probably cannot tell you is what would make a good gift for him on Father's Day. A great gift idea would be to expose your father to some unique types of science fiction that he may not be aware of.

Introduce your dad to Doctor Who. Doctor Who is the quintessential science fiction program in the United Kingdom. Since the 1960s, Doctor Who has been on the air in some form or fashion. The Doctor is a being known as a Time Lord. His goal is to travel through time and space, meeting people and gathering knowledge. One episode might be set in a remote part of the universe, while another may be set in 1920s New York. The possibilities of the show are endless and have made for fantastic television. The current incarnation of Doctor Who recently began picking up popularity in America due to the Sci-Fi channel. You can find series one through four of Doctor Who in most of the larger stores that sell DVDs.

Mystery Science Theatre 3000 is another sci-fi option that borders on the strange and hilarious. The concept of the show is to take a human, put him with aliens, and then review badly made sci-fi and horror movies. Think Elvira meets sci-fi, and you have MST3K. Most of the earlier seasons of MST3K were two hours in length, but later seasons were one hour long episodes. The highlights of the shows are watching them dissect the various older sci-fi and horror movies. Some of the movies many people may have seen, while others are obscure only worthy of ridicule. Mystery Science Theatre 3000 is a little harder to find in most stores.

The original Planet of the Apes movies are an excellent series of films to add to any sci-fi collection. Many people saw the remake of the Planet of the Apes movies and think that they may know the story, but the story cannot be truly experienced unless they watch the Charlton Heston version of Planet of the Apes. The final scene of this movie is as powerful as any of that era. Planet of the Apes spawned four sequels: Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and Battle for the Planet of the Apes.

Science fiction is more than Star Trek, Star Wars, and Dune. Older science fiction films don't have the same special effects and glitz that many of the news shows have, but they are intelligently written in most cases and allow for the imagination to soar. Next Father's Day, fuel your father's imagination.