Architecture and Science Fiction Film

The home is one of our most enduring human paradoxes and is brought to light tellingly in science-fiction (SF) writing and film.

Author: David T. Fortin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351957465

Category: Architecture

Page: 250

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The home is one of our most enduring human paradoxes and is brought to light tellingly in science-fiction (SF) writing and film. However, while similarities and crossovers between architecture and SF have proliferated throughout the past century, the home is often overshadowed by the spectacle of 'otherness'. The study of the familiar (home) within the alien (SF) creates a unique cultural lens through which to reflect on our current architectural condition. SF has always been linked with alienation; however, the conditions of such alienation, and hence notions of home, have evidently changed. There is often a perceived comprehension of the familiar that atrophies the inquisitive and interpretive processes commonly activated when confronting the unfamiliar. Thus, by utilizing the estranging qualities of SF to look at a concept inherently linked to its perceived opposite - the home - a unique critical analysis with particular relevance for contemporary architecture is made possible.

The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film

Unfortunately, good science fiction film criticism remains in perilously short supply ... Virtually all bad writing about science fiction film reflects poor ...

Author: Steven M. Sanders

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813137186

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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The science fiction genre maintains a remarkable hold on the imagination and enthusiasm of the filmgoing public, captivating large audiences worldwide and garnering ever-larger profits. The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film explores the storylines, conflicts, and themes of fifteen science fiction film classics, from Metropolis to The Matrix. Editor Steven M. Sanders and a group of outstanding scholars in philosophy, film studies, and other fields raise science fiction film criticism to a new level by penetrating the surface of the films to expose the underlying philosophical arguments, ethical perspectives, and metaphysical views.

Science Fiction

An examination of the development of science fiction movies from 1902 to the present includes discussions of motion pictures, such as Forbidden planet, Star Wars, and Frankenstein

Author: Frederik Pohl

Publisher: Ace Books

ISBN: 0441754341

Category: Science fiction films

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An examination of the development of science fiction movies from 1902 to the present includes discussions of motion pictures, such as Forbidden planet, Star Wars, and Frankenstein

Science Fiction Film Directors 1895 1998

This enormous and exhaustive reference book has entries on every major and minor director of science fiction films from the inception of cinema (circa 1895) through 1998.

Author: Dennis Fischer

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786485055

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 767

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This enormous and exhaustive reference book has entries on every major and minor director of science fiction films from the inception of cinema (circa 1895) through 1998. For each director there is a complete filmography including television work, a career summary, a critical assessment, and behind-the-scenes production information. Seventy-nine directors are covered in especially lengthy entries and a short history of the science fiction film genre is also included.

Inside Science Fiction

The book is divided into four major sections that tackle various aspects of the genre: - "Getting Inside Science Fiction," in which Gunn discusses his relationship with the genre - "Science Fiction and the Teacher" illustrates various ...

Author: James E. Gunn

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810857146

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 251

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James Gunn has had a long and distinguished career in science fiction. In addition to his stories and novels, he has written extensively about the reading, writing, and criticism of science fiction. Many of these essays were published in The Science of Science-Fiction Writing (Scarecrow, 2002). A second collection of essays, Inside Science Fiction, was originally published in 1992, and is now available in this revised, updated, and expanded edition. With the addition of five new articles written since 1992, Inside Science Fiction represents Gunn's latest thoughts about the genre. The book is divided into four major sections that tackle various aspects of the genre: - "Getting Inside Science Fiction," in which Gunn discusses his relationship with the genre - "Science Fiction and the Teacher" illustrates various approaches to teaching science fiction - "Science Fiction on Film and Television" deals with the film industry's approaches to science fiction, in particular, Gunn's experiences of seeing his novel The Immortals turned into a made-for-television movie and subsequent series - "Science Fiction and the Real World" examines the impact of science fiction on the world and what the future holds for the genre Inside Science Fiction offers a complete overview of science fiction for readers and viewers from an author, reader, and teacher who has seen it from all sides for more than seventy years.

Screening Space

This text attempts to shape definitions of the American science fiction film, studying the connection between the films and social preconceptions.

Author: Vivian Carol Sobchack

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 081352492X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 345

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This text attempts to shape definitions of the American science fiction film, studying the connection between the films and social preconceptions. It covers many classic films and discusses their import, seeking to rescue the genre from the neglect of film theorists. The book should appeal to both film buff and fans of science fiction.

How to Write Science Fiction Fantasy

Explore them with Orson Scott Card and create fiction that casts a spell over agents, publishers, and readers from every world.

Author: Orson Scott Card

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 158297103X

Category: Reference

Page: 140

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Learn to write science fiction and fantasy from a master You've always dreamed of writing science fiction and fantasy tales that pull readers into extraordinary new worlds and fantastic conflicts. Best-selling author Orson Scott Card shows you how it's done, distilling years of writing experience and publishing success into concise, no-nonsense advice. You'll learn how to: utilize story elements that define the science fiction and fantasy genres build, populate, and dramatize a credible, inviting world your readers will want to explore develop the "rules" of time, space and magic that affect your world and its inhabitants construct a compelling story by developing ideas, characters, and events that keep readers turning pages find the markets for speculative fiction, reach them, and get published submit queries, write cover letters, find an agent, and live the life of a writer The boundaries of your imagination are infinite. Explore them with Orson Scott Card and create fiction that casts a spell over agents, publishers, and readers from every world.

Rediscovering French Science Fiction in Literature Film and Comics

These are just a few of the many unique French contributions to SF that rightly deserve to be better known. One of the purposes of this collection is to introduce French SF to an English-speaking audience.

Author: Philippe Mather

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443889803

Category: Fiction

Page: 230

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French science-fiction (SF) is as old as the French language. Cyrano de Bergerac wrote about a trip to the moon that was published back in 1657, as did Jules Verne in 1865, this time using hard, scientific facts. The first movie showing a trip to the moon was made by Georges Méliès in 1902. In the comics’ format, Hergé had Tintin walk on the moon in 1954, 15 years before Neil Armstrong. These are just a few of the many unique French contributions to SF that rightly deserve to be better known. One of the purposes of this collection is to introduce French SF to an English-speaking audience. Rediscovering French Science Fiction... first revisits proto science-fiction from authors like Cyrano de Bergerac and Jules Verne, before delving into contemporary science-fiction works from authors such as René Barjavel and Jacques Spitz. A contribution from preeminent SF author Élisabeth Vonarburg, from Québec, helps to understand the constraints and advantages of writing SF in French. A third section is devoted to French SF in movies and graphic novels, media where French creators have been recognized worldwide. This collection explores many aspects of French SF, including the genre’s deep roots in popular culture, the influence of key authors on its historical development, and the form and function of science and fantasy, as well as the impact of films and graphic novels on the public perception of the genre’s nature.

Interviews with B Science Fiction and Horror Movie Makers

This book turns a long-overdue spotlight on many who made memorable contributions to that crowded, exhilarating filmmaking scene.

Author: Tom Weaver

Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub

ISBN: UOM:39015015368759

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 413

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For fans of SF and horror films, will there ever be a decade to compare with the 1950s? Actors, directors, producers, and crews prevailed over microbudgets and four-day shooting schedules to create enduring films. This book turns a long-overdue spotlight on many who made memorable contributions to that crowded, exhilarating filmmaking scene. John Agar, Beverly Garland, Samuel Z. Arkoff, Gene Corman, and two dozen more reminisce about the most popular genre titles of the era. Lengthy, in-depth interviews feature canny questions, pointed observations, rare photos, and good fun.

Liquid Metal

Liquid Metal brings together 'seminal' essays that have opened up the study of science fiction to serious critical interrogation.

Author: Sean Redmond

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231501842

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

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Liquid Metal brings together 'seminal' essays that have opened up the study of science fiction to serious critical interrogation. Eight distinct sections cover such topics as the cyborg in science fiction; the science fiction city; time travel and the primal scene; science fiction fandom; and the 1950s invasion narratives. Important writings by Susan Sontag, Vivian Sobchack, Steve Neale, J.P. Telotte, Peter Biskind and Constance Penley are included.

Science Fiction Cinema

The influence of the counter-cultural movements of the 1960s and its associated artistic practices also infiltrated science fiction writing.

Author: Dr Christine Cornea

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748628704

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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This major new study offers a broad historical and theoretical reassessment of the science fiction film genre. The book explores the development of science fiction in cinema from its beginnings in early film through to recent examples of the genre. Each chapter sets analyses of chosen films within a wider historical/cultural context, while concentrating on a specific thematic issue. The book therefore presents vital and unique perspectives in its approach to the genre, which include discussion of the relevance of psychedelic imagery, the 'new woman of science', generic performance and the prevalence of 'techno-orientalism' in recent films. While American films will be one of the principle areas covered, the author also engages with a range of pertinent examples from other nations, as well as discussing the centrality of science fiction as a transnational film genre. Films discussed include The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Body Snatchers, Forbidden Planet, The Quatermass Experiment, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Demon Seed, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Wars, Altered States, Alien, Blade Runner, The Brother from Another Planet, Back to the Future, The Terminator, Predator, The One, Dark City, The Matrix, Fifth Element and eXistenZ. Key Features*Thematically organised for use as a course text.*Introduces current and past theories and practices, and provides an overview of the main themes, approaches and areas of study.*Covers new and burgeoning approaches such as generic performance and aspects of postmodern identity.*Includes new interviews with some of the main practitioners in the field: Roland Emmerich, Paul Verhoeven, Ken Russell, Stan Winston, William Gibson, Brian Aldiss, Joe Morton, Dean Norris and Billy Gray.

Science Fiction Film

Considering those five approaches, and recent developments in cultural studies and film history-led writing, allows a wider sense of how science fiction ...

Author: Keith M. Johnston

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 9781847884787

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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Science Fiction Film develops a historical and cultural approach to the genre that moves beyond close readings of iconography and formal conventions. It explores how this increasingly influential genre has been constructed from disparate elements into a hybrid genre. Science Fiction Film goes beyond a textual exploration of these films to place them within a larger network of influences that includes studio politics and promotional discourses. The book also challenges the perceived limits of the genre - it includes a wide range of films, from canonical SF, such as Le voyage dans la lune, Star Wars and Blade Runner, to films that stretch and reshape the definition of the genre. This expansion of generic focus offers an innovative approach for students and fans of science fiction alike.

American Science Fiction Film and Television

His magazines, as well as publishing established authors, offered the opportunity to aspiring science fiction writers to get their stories in print.

Author: Lincoln Geraghty

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 9781845207960

Category: History

Page: 156

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American Science Fiction Film and Television presents a critical history of late 20th Century SF together with an analysis of the cultural and thematic concerns of this popular genre. Science fiction film and television were initially inspired by the classic literature of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. The potential and fears born with the Atomic age fuelled the popularity of the genre, upping the stakes for both technology and apocalypse. From the Cold War through to America's current War on Terror, science fiction has proved a subtle vehicle for the hopes, fears and preoccupations of a nation at war.The definitive introduction to American science fiction, this book is also the first study to analyze SF across both film and TV. Throughout, the discussion is illustrated with critical case studies of key films and television series, including The Day the Earth Stood Still, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The X-Files, and Battlestar Galactica.

Hollywood Science

Sobchack writes that the science fiction renaissance of the late 1970s was accompanied by " a major shift in the ... practice of film scholarship ... film ...

Author: S. Perkowitz

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231142803

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 255

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Looks at how science is portrayed in over one hundred films, discussing the accuracy rate of science in movies and the influence they have on public opinion.

Masculinity in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema

This idea is widely present in the film industry as well as among the genre's ... while Geoff King and Tanya Krzywinska write that 'science fiction often ...

Author: Marianne Kac-Vergne

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781786723154

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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If science fiction stages the battle between humans and non-humans, whether alien or machine, who is elected to fight for us? In the classics of science fiction cinema, humanity is nearly always represented by a male, and until recently, a white male. Spanning landmark American films from Blade Runner to Avatar, this major new study offers the first ever analysis of masculinity in science fiction cinema. It uncovers the evolution of masculine heroes from the 1980s until the present day, and the roles played by their feminine counterparts. Considering gender alongside racial and class politics, Masculinity in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema also situates filmic examples within the broader culture. It is indispensable for understanding science fiction and its role in contemporary cultural politics.

Endangering Science Fiction Film

When we write of endangering science fiction film, then, we do so with these oppositional if dialogical positions in play. The danger of science fiction ...

Author: Sean Redmond

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317646518

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 290

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Endangering Science Fiction Film explores the ways in which science fiction film is a dangerous and endangering genre. The collection argues that science fiction's cinematic power rests in its ability to imagine ‘Other’ worlds that challenge and disturb the lived conditions of the ‘real’ world, as it is presently known to us. From classic films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Solaris to modern blockbusters including World War Z and Gravity, and directors from David Cronenberg to Alfonso Cuarón, contributors comment on the way science fiction film engages with dangerous encounters, liminal experiences, sublime aesthetics, and untethers space and time to question the very nature of human existence. With the analysis of a diverse range of films from Europe, Asia, North and South America, Endangering Science Fiction Film offers a uniquely interdisciplinary view of the evolving and dangerous sentiments and sensibility of this genre.

British Science Fiction Cinema

You don't really write science fiction for a big audience, though Spielberg has since done this, but I'm not sure you can actually call things like E. T: ...

Author: I.Q. Hunter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134702763

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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British Science Fiction Cinema is the first substantial study of a genre which, despite a sometimes troubled history, has produced some of the best British films, from the prewar classic Things to Come to Alien made in Britain by a British director. The contributors to this rich and provocative collection explore the diverse strangeness of British science fiction, from literary adaptions like Nineteen Eighty-Four and A Clockwork Orange to pulp fantasies and 'creature features' far removed from the acceptable face of British cinema. Through case studies of key films like The Day the Earth Caught Fire, contributors explore the unique themes and concerns of British science fiction, from the postwar boom years to more recent productions like Hardware, and examine how science fiction cinema drew on a variety of sources, from TV adaptions like Doctor Who and the Daleks, to the horror/sf crossovers produced from John Wyndham's cult novels The Day of the Triffids and The Midwich Cuckoos (filmed as Village of the Damned). How did budget restrictions encourage the use of the 'invasion narrative' in the 1950s films? And how did films such as Unearthly Stranger and Invasion reflect fears about the decline of Britain's economic and colonial power and the 'threat' of female sexuality? British Science Fiction Cinema celebrates the breadth and continuing vitality of British sf film-making, in both big-budget productions such as Brazil and Event Horizon and cult exploitation movies like Inseminoid and Lifeforce.

Science Fiction Film Television and Adaptation

He is currently writing Science Fiction: The Routledge Film Guidebook (2012). He is an advisory editor for Extrapolation, Historical Materialism, ...

Author: Jay Telotte

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136650086

Category: Social Science

Page: 212

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While film and television seem to be closely allied screen media, our feature films and television series have seldom been successfully adapted across those screens. In fact, rather than functioning as portals, those allied media often seem, quite literally, screens that filter out something that made the source work so popular in its original form. Differences in budget, running times, cast, viewing habits, screen size and shape all come into play, and this volume’s aim is to track a number of popular texts in the course of their adaptive journeys across the screens in order to sketch the workings of that cross-media adaptation. For its specific examples, the volume draws on a single genre—science fiction—not only because it is one of the most popular today in either film or television, but also because it is arguably the most self-conscious of contemporary genres, and thus one that most obviously frames the terms of these technological adaptations. The essays included here mine that reflexive character, in both highly successful and in failed efforts at cross-media adaption, to help us understand what film and television achieve in screening science fiction, and to reveal some of the key issues involved in all of our efforts to navigate the various screens that have become part of contemporary culture.

Jar Jar Binks Must Die and Other Observations about Science Fiction Movies

This is the guy you want sitting next to you when Channel 45 has a weekend 'sci-fi' movie marathon.... For anyone who likes SF movies, this volume is worth the price of admission.

Author: Daniel M Kimmel

Publisher:

ISBN: 1617200611

Category:

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"[Kimmel's] writing is intelligent and entertaining.... his knowledge of SF movies is encyclopedic.... This is the guy you want sitting next to you when Channel 45 has a weekend 'sci-fi' movie marathon.... For anyone who likes SF movies, this volume is worth the price of admission." --Don Sakers, "The Reference Library," in "Analog Science Fiction and Fact" "Kimmel displays expertise on the subject along with a lively sense of humor scarcely a page is turned that doesn't yield a few good laughs.... Readers who already take science fiction seriously will enjoy the book's panoptic breadth and it's frank jubilation in its subject matter.... [Kimmel] makes it his business to guide his readers to science fiction films that are worthy of our attention as social commentary, whiz-bang spectacle, or works of entertainment that carry an extra edge.... the best advice to take with you on your foray into "Jar Jar Binks Must Die" is this: keep your Netflix wish list at the ready. You're going to revisit movies you hadn't thought about in years and be irresistibly tantalized by films you've never seen, and maybe never even heard of." --Kilian Melloy, in "Edge Boston" ..".the leading film voice in fandom today... Dan's look at all the SF Films of the previous century-plus is powerful and serious and smart and even sassy at points.... His look at "Metropolis" and "Things to Come" are both brilliant and much deeper and broader than mine in these pages.... I thought it was the best written look at "Destination Moon" I've ever read.... I could spend a day heaping praise on the essay 'Our Batman'.... So many great piece in here that I should just say this is the best film of essays about film of any nature that I've read in ages.... the best pieces of writing on SF Film you'll ever see!" --Chris Garcia, in "The Drink Tank" ..".one is left wanting more, which is a testament to Kimmel's writing abilities.... Even when you find yourself not agreeing with Kimmel his take on "E.T." is just plain wrong damn it!--the book remains worthwhile and thought-provoking.... "Jar Jar Binks Must Die" is worth a purchase." --Sci-Fi Movie Page "A spirited explanation of the role of science fiction films in our culture. Any serious fan of the cinema must read this book." --Michael A. Burstein, John W. Campbell Award-winning author

Alien Zone

Cultural Theory and Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema Annette Kuhn ... genre.8 Writers on literary science fiction , who are less shy than film theorists ...

Author: Annette Kuhn

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 0860919935

Category: Performing Arts

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A collection of essays, bringing science fiction cinema into the ambit of film and cultural theory.