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Sci-Fi Savant Paperback – October 11, 2011
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His new book collects his thoughts on 116 science fiction movies. It presents an entertaining thumbnail history of the genre in chronological order, covering decades of science fiction milestones (e.g., "Things to Come," "The Day the Earth Stood Still," "Forbidden Planet," "2001: A Space Odyssey"), not to mention some worthy millstones (rubber-monster and exploitation fare such as "Gorgo," "Attack of the Crab Monsters," "The Brain from Planet Arous," and "Teenage Caveman"). He gives fresh perspectives to big-deal classics that have been written about to death over the years. His scope ranges beyond Hollywood and British titles to also provide perhaps our first exposure to films such as Abel Gance's "delirious misfire" of 1930, the apocalyptic epic "La fin du monde" (The End of the World); the startlingly sophisticated and almost wholly undocumented early Soviet moon adventure "Kosmitcheskiy reys" (Cosmic Journey); the East German/Polish "Der Schweigende Stern" (First Spaceship on Venus); and the extraordinary Czech space odyssey "Ikarie XB 1."
Erickson also pokes around under a film's hood to see what sociological and ideological contexts, what themes and anxieties might be humming under the surface: anti-Communism, anti-Capitalism, religious revivalism, xenophobia, social paranoia.... Not surprisingly, the often boldly message-making films of the Atomic Age/Cold War 1950s receive hefty attention.Read more ›
An added plus is the general format of the book. Each film / article is tagged with its poster art, and then given roughly a page of text. This is just enough for a casual reader to discover films they have never seen or have forgotten about.They can also use the art to quickly browse the contents looking for THAT film, or discovering some previously unknown treasure. Either way, this is a great way to skim through Sci Fi film history. Way to go, Glen.
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I bought this book as a gift. It is a great book and a 'must have' for any serious Sci-fi fan. It is not light reading but a serious look at the Sci-fi genre.Published on January 4, 2014 by Terrianne Neill