From reel to real: the rebirth and death of the films
Return to Earth: films after 1969.
Filmmakers employ a number of images to suggest the strangeness of space, but spacesuits most comprehensively and powerfully communicate the danger of space and the frailty and weakness of humans beyond the cradle of Earth. Many films set in space, however, forgo spacesuits altogether, reluctant to hide famous faces behind bulky helmets and ill-fitting jumpsuits. This critical study examines science fiction films that portray space travel realistically by having characters wear spacesuits. Beginning with the pioneering Woman on the Moon (1929), it discusses other classics in this tradition, including Destination Moon (1950) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); films which gesture toward realism but betray that goal, such as Rocketship X-M (1950); the spacesuit comedies that emerged in the 1960s, like The Reluctant Astronaut (1965); and films about actual space flights, including Apollo 13 (1993). (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Science fiction has always intrigued readers with depictions of an unforeseen future. Can the genre actually provide audiences with a glance into the world of tomorrow? This collection of fifteen international and interdisciplinary essays examines the genre's predictions and breaks new ground by considering the prophetic functions of science fiction films, as well as science fiction literature. Among the texts and topics examined are classic stories by Murray Leinster, C. L. Moore, and Cordwainer Smith; 2001: A Space Odyssey and its sequels, Japanese anime and Hong Kong cinema; and electronic fiction. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
A re-examination of the themes of space and the frontier in science fiction in the light of scientific and literary developments. It includes an interview with Arthur C. Clarke; surveys of space in science fiction film; and speculations about future developments from writers such as Jack Dann. (source: Nielsen Book Data)