I'm teaching GCSE Media Studies, I've just been informed, from September which I've never done before and am having a mild panic attack. Apparently the first unit has to be on Science Fiction and I have two major problems: 1) I can't stand the genre, 2) I've actively avoided it as far as possible since deciding that films with aliens, outer space and the imminent end of the world were just not my cup of tea. So, I need a crash course in Sci-fi. What should I absolutely watch in order to gain a good understanding of what science fiction is all about and what it's conventions are? Normally, if I was teaching a novel (nice, safe ground for me) I'd have a really broad background knowledge of references and information to draw on the help the kids' understanding. I'm afraid my knowledge of science fiction extends to about 2.5 episodes of Doctor Who and the woeful space film Armageddon. Help????