What have you learned from other Science Fiction works?

Although I love sci-fic, I actually don't read other writer's science-fiction. I don't want to be influenced by their stories and characters or to take on their styles by osmosis. I want what I write to be fresh and "raw" and original although it may not be as "polished" as what some of the really smart and experienced writers are turning out today. Having said that, I do watch every science-fiction movie and have enjoyed Avatar, Prometheus, Elysium, The Martian, Gravity and Ex Machina as well as the old standbys Star Trek and Star Wars. There are so many great ones.

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