It might have been touched upon before, but there's sufficient evidence to suggest that President Barack Obama is... kind of a nerd.
In fact, he's referred to himself as a 'science geek' on more than one occasion, so it should come as no surprise that he's got a list of his favourite sci-fi TV shows and film on hand for whenever anyone asks.
During his stint as Guest Editor for WIRED, President Obama rattled off eight essentials and, looking at the list, you can't really fault them at all.
Top of the list was, of course, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Next up was the 1982 classic, Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer. Third was Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, which President Obama referred to as "fundamentally optimistic."
Next on the list was, of course, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Not only that, Obama also praised Star Trek: The Original Series, saying that it "wasn’t actually about technology. It was about values and relationships."
It was also about Captain Kirk trying to get laid in every episode too, in fairness.
The most recent entry on President Obama's shortlist was The Martian, starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott. From there, he next selected The Matrix, saying that "it asks basic questions about our reality - and looks very cool."
His final choice, however, really caught us by surprise because it's not necessarily sci-fi, but it is definitely brilliant - Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. The pioneering science-education show ran from eleven episodes in 1980 and was fronted by astronomer Carl Sagan, and was recently rebooted by Neil DeGrasse-Tyson.
Here's Obama's list in full:
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Blade Runner
- Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Martian
- The Matrix
- Cosmos: A Personal Voyage