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With the blockbuster success of the movie "Gravity", experts are asking why we're more interested in space fiction than fact. The answer is as old as the stars.

With the blockbuster success of the movie "Gravity", experts are asking why we're more interested in space fiction than fact. The answer is as old as the stars.

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  • 1. H O W # G R A V I T Y W O R K S ( I T ’ S N O T T H E P H Y S I C S )
  • 2. T H E M O V I E “ G R A V I T Y ” I S A H U G E S U C C E S S .
  • 3. “No. 1 'Gravity' posts biggest October debut ever with $55.6 million.” LA Times Oct. 6, 2013
  • 4. “Gravity” has received one of thehighest Rotten Tomato scores ever…
  • 5. Even experts love the movie… Samantha Cristoforetti. ESAastronaut.ItalianAirForceofficer.Lookingforwardtoridinga SoyuzrockettoISSinDecember2014. Neil deGrasse Tyson Astrophysicist,Am. MuseumofNaturalHistory.Author:Space Chronicles, InexplicableUniverse,Host:StarTalkRadio
  • 6. Butthey do seem a bit bothered… “Iwasn’t toomuch sold on the storyline, but who cares? It’s a great excuse totake a triptospace. Go the movie theater, put your3D glasses andgo take a look. Then go out, look up at the sky andthink that all those things exists forreal, right now, in Earthorbit. Let that thought sink in.”
  • 7. “Why are audiences paying more attention tofiction than to fact?” Their real concern is this:
  • 8. Let’s look at that.Side-by-side, thefact and fictionare nearly identical:
  • 9. But our response is measurably different:
  • 10. W H Y ?
  • 11. O N E W O R D …
  • 12. S T O R Y .
  • 13. A L L G R E A T S T O R I E S S H A R E T W O T H I N G S : 1 ) C H A R A C T E R S W E C A N I D E N T I F Y W I T H …
  • 14. G R A V I T Y H A S T W O A R C H E T Y P A L C H A R A C T E R S : T H E R E L U C T A N T H E R O . T H E W I S E M E N T O R .
  • 15. 2 ) A N D A R E C O G N I Z A B L E S T O R Y L I N E . . .
  • 16. T H E S T O R Y L I N E O F “ G R A V I T Y ” I S C L A S S I C D R A M A . T H I S I S M Y I N T E R P R E T A T I O N O F C H R I S T O P H E R V O G L E R ’ S I N T E R P R E T A T I O N O F J O S E P H C A M P B E L L ’ S I N T E R P R E T A T I O N O F “ T H E H E R O ’ S J O U R N E Y ” .
  • 17. T H A T ’ S H O W G R A V I T Y W O R K S . I T ’ S N O T R O C K E T S C I E N C E : A S H U M A N S , W E M A K E M O R E S E N S E O F O U R U N I V E R S E T H R O U G H S T O R Y T H A N T H R O U G H F A C T .
  • 18. A N D W E A L W A Y S H A V E .
  • 19. Dan Roam is a space geek and presentation nut. Heis the authorof TheBack of the Napkin and Blah Blah Blah. Dan’s newbook SHOW &TELL: How EverybodyCan MakeExtraordinary Presentations will bepublished by Penguin Portfolio in March 2014. Dan canbe found daily at: www.napkinacademy.com Abouttheimages: All “Gravity”imagescopyright©2013WarnerBrothersPictures. All imagesdownloadedfromhere: http://gravitymovie.warnerbros.com/#/gallery. All otherspaceimagescourtesyofNASA. All drawingscopyright©2013DanRoam.