Author(s): Barry Keith Grant
Since its explosion in the 1950s, science fiction has become one of the most popular film genres, with numerous dedicated fan conventions, academic conferences, websites, magazines, journals, book clubs, memorabilia and collectibles. Once relegated to B budget status, today's science fiction films are often blockbuster productions, featuring major stars. Despite its high profile, science fiction is notoriously difficult to define. In his introduction to 100 Science Fiction Films, Barry Keith Grant explains the genre's complexities, while also providing an overview of its history, suggesting that the cinema is an ideal medium for conveying the 'sense of wonder' that critics have argued is central to the genre. From Georges Melies's Le Voyage dans la lune (1902), to the blockbusters of the 1970s that dramatically changed Hollywood, to the major releases of the past few years, the films featured in this book represent a range of periods, countries and types (including alien invasion, space travel, time travel, apocalypse, monsters and anime), and cover the key directors and writers.
100 Science Fiction Films provides a lively and illuminating guide to the genre from the beginning of film history to the present, taking the reader on a comprehensive tour through the rich and varied alternate universe of sci-fi cinema.
Barry Keith Grant is Professor of Popular Culture and Film at Brock University, Ontario, Canada. He is an Elected Fellow at the Royal Society of Canada and recipient of the annual Pedagogy Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. He is the author of the BFI Film Classic on Invasion of the Body Snatchers (2010), Film Genre: From Inconography to Ideology (2007), and co-author with Jim Hillier of 100 Documentary Films (2009).
Introduction 1. Aelita 2. Alien 3. Alphaville 4. Altered States 5. Avatar 6. Back to the Future 7. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms 8. Blade Runner 9. Born in Flames 10. A Boy and His Dog 11. Brazil 12. The Brother from Another Planet 13. The Cabin in the Woods 14. A Clockwork Orange 15. Close Encounters of the Third Kind 16. Colossus: The Forbin Project 17. The Damned 18. Dark City 19. Dark Star 20. The Day the Earth Stood Still 21. Destination Moon 22. District 9 23. Dune 24. Enemy Mine 25. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 26. Fahrenheit 451 27. Fantastic Voyage 28. The Fifth Element 29. Flash Gordon (serial) 30. The Fly 31. Forbidden Planet 32. Frankenstein 33. Frau im mond (Woman in the Moon) 34. Galaxy Quest 35. Ghost in the Shell 36. Gojira (Godzilla) 37. The Host 38. The Incredible Shrinking Man 39. I Am Legend 40. Invaders from Mars 41. Invasion of the Body Snatchers 42. The Invisible Man 43. Island of Lost Souls 44. La Jetee 45. Jurassic Park 46. Just Imagine 47. Last Night 48. Liquid Sky 49. Mad Max 50. The Man Who Fell to Earth 51. Mars Attacks! 52. The Matrix 53. Metropolis 54. Nineteen Eighty-Four 55. Paris qui dort 56. Plan 9 from Outer Space 57. Planet of the Apes 58. Quatermass and the Pit 59. The Quiet Earth 60. The Road 61. Robocop 62. Seconds 63. Signs 64. Silent Running 65. The Silent Star 66. Slaughterhouse-Five 67. Sleep Dealer 68. Sleeper 69. Solaris 70. Soylent Green 71. Star Trek: The Motion Picture 72. Star Wars 73. Starship Troopers 74. Strange Days 75. Superman 76. The Terminator 77. Tetsuo: The Iron Man 78. Them! 79. They Live 80. The Thing from Another World 81. The Thing 82. Things to Come 83. THX 1138 84. The Time Machine 85. Total Recall 86. Tribulation 99: Alien Anomolies Under America 87. Tron 88. The Tunnel 89. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 90. 2001: A Space Odyssey 91. Videodrome 92. Village of the Damned 93. Le Voyage dans lune 94. WALL-E 95. The War Game 96. The War of the Worlds 97. Westworld 98. When Worlds Collide 99. X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes 100. Zardoz Notes Further Reading Index