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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ; Pap/DVD edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440228620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440228629
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert C. Ring is editor-in-chief of ScifiBlock.com, which he started two years ago to be a place to discuss science fiction and learn more about the genre. Robert has been a science fiction devotee since watching Star Wars at the impressionable age of before-he-knew-how-old-he-was. Among other things, the image of the severed arm on the floor of the Mos Eisley cantina burned itself into his memory, and he has ever since been driven to all things sci-fi.

One semester in college, he accidentally enrolled in a film studies course, which prompted within him a keener interest in film as well as a desire to explore more fully the sci-fi genre in its other forms. Though science fiction is his favorite genre, he is always watching movies from all genres, eras, and countries, and he retains an insatiable need to consume all types of art. When he decided to make something useful out of his many hours spent watching movies, thus was born The Sci-Fi Block.


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Robert C. Ring (born 1983) grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama. As a competitive gaming writer, sci-fi film expert, and lifelong fan of all imaginable geek culture mediums, Robert focuses his efforts on imparting the knowledge and passion he has developed for the things he loves. His first book, "Sci-Fi Movie Freak," is a discussion of the most important science fiction films of all time and hit shelves in 2011. His second, "The Year in StarCraft II: 2011," is a record of the professional StarCraft II scene in 2011 and was released in March of 2012. Robert's weaknesses include video games, Charlie Brown, Invincible, and Battlestar Galactica.

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Anyone that loves Sci-fi movies will enjoy this book!
Terrianne Neill
Reading this book reminded me of all the old Sci-Fi movies, that I watched years ago, with a pillow clutched in hand ready to cover my eyes!
DlR
He also includes a chapter on clunkers and lists of his favorite movies, directors, female characters, and robots.
An Indy Fan

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R on October 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
Full disclosure: I am the author of Sci-Fi Movie Freak. Obviously my opinion will be biased, but I just wanted to say how much work I put into this book and how very pleased I am with the outcome. Not only do I believe it has great content, but the publisher really put together a great-looking physical product.

For the past several years I have run the sci-fi film (and occasionally comics) review site The Sci-Fi Block, and I consider Sci-Fi Movie Freak to be the culmination of my lifelong love and appreciation of sci-fi cinema. In this book, you will read (and hopefully learn) about a little over a hundred of what I consider the most important science fiction films of all time. The book (chiming in at 255 pages) is divided by-movie and consists of reviews of each, wherein I discuss what makes them so great or otherwise important. My aim was to make Sci-Fi Movie Freak both valuable and accessible to sci-fi fans as well as newcomers to the genre. If you don't know much about science fiction cinema, this book is all you need to help you get started. If you already love science fiction, I hope (and believe) that this book will add to your appreciation of these movies.

Please enjoy this book. I honestly love it, and I think you will, too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Liesl on November 8, 2011
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My 11 year old son and I were BOTH fascinated with this book. We read it together. These are iconic movies and Ring picked iconic photos for each of them. Star Wars! Godzilla! Avatar! My kid was going nuts seeing familiar movies among his favorites as well as learning about some pretty obscure ones.

It's fun to see how Ring packs in so many great movies produced in the last 109 years. Rather than taking the boring countdown approach, Ring categorizes movies under concepts such as 'Best of the Best,' 'Lesser-Known Gems,' and 'The Failures,' which was my favorite chapter. Who knew a movie about giant attack rabbits called 'Night of the Lepus' would suck?

Another plus: a rather impressive trove of vintage sci-fi movie posters is included in the descriptions. This book isn't JUST for sci-fi fans - it's for anyone who likes movies, period!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MacheteJason TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 23, 2012
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Overall this is an interesting book with some good commentary and full-color pictures. It was a great read and Ring really knows his stuff. The author is obviously analytical and breaks down each movie according to the underlying message. Therein lies the problem as the enjoyment of a sci-fi flick gets reduced to analyzing its technical aspects, metaphysical message and societal impact. Also, the list shows a definite preference for 1950s classics and movies released in the past 10 years (the selections create a barbell effect where many new classics from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s are not included). His definition of science fiction in the introduction is limited to "scientific advancements, processes and phenomenons". That means many key titles like 1984, Total Recall, Gattaca, Artificial Intelligence, Vanilla Sky, Butterfly Effect, I Am Legend, They Live and the flop Dune aren't even mentioned at all. If they aren't sci-fi movies then what are they? 1984 is an absolute landmark book and film that influenced many books, movies and society at large. Fantasy is completely ignored so there is no talk of Excalibur, Jacob's Ladder, Conan the Barbarian or Logan's Run either. I have ranked the chapters below.

Rating: A-. Chapter 1: I would agree with the "Best of the Best" rankings except Bride of Frankenstein and Young Frankenstein. Very well done.
Rating: B. Chapter 2: Some movies from Chapter 3 belong here (notably Brazil, The Thing and Invasion of the Body Snatchers) but it is fairly complete.
Rating: C+. Chapter 3: This is the most controversial chapter where Robocop, Superman, Back to the Future and Minority Report reside with Re-Animator, Phantom Menace, Transformers and some anime. Not all of it seems right.
Rating: C.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DlR on November 2, 2011
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Reading this book reminded me of all the old Sci-Fi movies, that I watched years ago, with a pillow clutched in hand ready to cover my eyes! I plan on giving this book as gifts to people of all ages. There's something in it for everyone. Great Work!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By An Indy Fan on October 31, 2011
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I couldn't put this book down. Seriously. I started with the review of Metropolis and read straight through to the author's Top 10 List of Villains at the back of the book. In one sitting. It was like eating popcorn. Author Robert C. Ring has put together a fun and delightfully addictive book reviewing more than 100 science-fiction movies of everything from classics to modern blockbusters. He also includes a chapter on clunkers and lists of his favorite movies, directors, female characters, and robots. I wouldn't say I'm a Sci-Fi Freak, having seen about a third or so of the movies featured in the book. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. The design is also easy on the eyes with lots of great images. The book includes a DVD of Plan 9 From Outer Space, an amazingly bad film I first laughed through in college. All in all, great stuff. Lots of fun, made me think and throughly engrossing -- just like a good sci-fi movie. If you've seen or read Horror Movie Freak -- another title by the same publisher -- you'll have a good idea of the format and style of the book.
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