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Greatest Modern Science Fiction Speeches: 4 Memorable Monologues

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Science fiction on the big screen has come a long way since "ET the Extraterrestrial" debuted in 1982. Science fiction movies take us to worlds we’ve never dreamed of, back in time, to the future and beyond the grave, yet a good science fiction monologue somehow seems to take each of us right back to the heart of familiarity.

Here is a look at four science fiction monologues that made movie goers worldwide want to unleash their inner geek.

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1. Dr. Alan Grant in “Jurassic Park” (1993)

This Steven Spielberg classic brings science to life when passionate adventurer, John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), uses preserved dinosaur DNA to clone the extinct species, bring them back to life and feature them in a theme park. It’s not until Hammond asks esteemed paleontologist, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neil) for his opinion when the viewer picks up on the foreshadowing that things may go wrong. This quote from IMDb gives Grant’s response.

“The world has just changed so radically, and we're all running to catch up," Grant says. "I don't want to jump to any conclusions, but look ... Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?”

2. Isaac Sach in “Cloud Atlas” (2012)

Cloud Atlas is a 2012 film that captures the theory of reincarnation and shows how the actions of each human have ripple effects upon themselves and others for centuries to come. One of the movies main characters, Isaac Sachs played by Tom Hanks, sums up the theme of the movie in this captivating quote collected from IMDb:

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"Yesterday, my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another," Sach says.

"Yesterday, I believed that I would never have done what I did today. These forces that often remake time and space that can shape and alter who we imagine ourselves to be, begin long before we are born and continue after we perish. Our lives and our choices, like quantum trajectories, are understood moment to moment. At each point of intersection, each encounter suggests a new potential direction.”

3. Harry Stamper in "Armageddon" (1998)

This science fiction action film packed theaters with its riveting plot involving an asteroid the size of Texas headed straight towards Earth, as described by IMDb. When a group of underdog deep core drillers is given the task of venturing into space to save the planet, a decision must be made as to which of them will stay behind and sacrifice himself in order to spare the planets’ obliteration.

Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis) allows his future son-in-law, A.J. (Ben Affleck) to believe A.J. will have to stay behind but then, in a dramatic turn of events, Stamper reveals he will stay behind in space so that A.J. and Stampers’ daughter Grace Stamper (Liv Tyler) can have a happy future on Earth. In a touching farewell speech to A.J., Stamper says, “You take care of my little girl now. That’s your job. Always thought of you as a son. Always. But I’d be damn proud to have you marry Grace.”

4. Dr. Emmett Brown in "Back to the Future" (1985)

Dr. Emmett Brown, played by Christopher Lloyd in this 1985 classic science fiction film, finds a comrade in his friend and apprentice, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) when the two accidentally take a trip to the past on one of Brown’s science inventions. The pair find themselves 30 years in the fast where McFly’s parents are mere high school students. Once the two learn the lessons they were destined to learn through time travel McFly must leave Brown in the past.

Brown gives this touching speech before McFly departs:

“You know Marty, I’m gonna be very sad to see you go. You’ve really made a difference in my life. You’ve given me something to shoot for. Just knowing that I’m going to be around to see 1985. That I’m gonna succeed in this! That I’m gonna have a chance to travel through time!”

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