By Gary Westfahl
This ebook gathers jointly a few of the illuminating essays on technological know-how fiction and fable movie penned by way of an incredible critic within the SF box. The items are approximately prepared within the chronological order of whilst the films and tv courses being mentioned first seemed, with essays offering extra common overviews clustered close to the start and finish of the quantity, to supply the general charisma of a historic survey. even though this e-book doesn't fake to supply a entire historical past of technology fiction and myth movies, it does intermingle analyses of flicks and television courses with a few discussions of similar performs, novels, tales, and comedian books, fairly within the essays in this Island Earth and 2001: an area Odyssey and its sequels. Inciteful, enjoyable, and whole of clever and witty observations approximately technology fiction and its occasionally curious courting with the visible media, those essays will either pride and entertain critics, lovers, and audience alike.
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