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Published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Book Publishers on October 14th 2014
Genres: Entertainment, Non-fiction
(FAQ). Many science fiction movies from the last 40 years have blazed new vistas for viewers. They've reached further into the future, traveled longer into the past, soared deeper into the vastness of the cosmos, and probed more intently inside man's consciousness than any other period of film before. And audiences ate them up, taking four of the top ten spots in all-time ticket sales in America while earning more than $2 billion at the box office. Modern Sci-Fi Films FAQ takes a look at the genre's movies from the last 40 years, where the dreams of yesterday and today may become tomorrow's realities. This FAQ travels to a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... visits a theme park where DNA-created dinosaurs roam... watches as aliens come to Earth, hunting humans for sport... and much, much more. Filled with biographies, synopses, production stories, and images and illustrations many seldom seen in print the book focuses on films that give audiences two hours where they can forget about their troubles, sit back, crunch some popcorn, and visit worlds never before seen... worlds of robots, time travel, aliens, space exploration, and other far-out ideas.Amazon •
This novel is separated into sections that focuses on different themes of science fiction- such as mad scientists (Sci-Fi-entists and Their Experiments). Within that section is a page or two on the history of how that theme has been portrayed in movies, and then it lists movies that follow that theme (Ghostbusters, Re-Animator, Jurassic Park…). It gives a Synopsis, cast list, a quick recap of the movie, and an afterwords that states why that particular movies stands out from others and gives a few behind-the-scenes facts (original cast choices, box office numbers, sequels…)
One of my favorite sections in the book is “Sci-Fi Spaceships”. It starts with a brief history on rockets (real and fictional) and moves on to show and explain the designs of spacecraft from different movies- complete with blueprint pictures- and explains what it took to create the craft on screen.
The next sections are dedicated to the masters themselves: the people that pull everything together to make the film. Included are brief biographies of Monster Maker Rick Baker, makeup artist Ve Neill, and directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
Finally in the end the author (seemingly reluctantly) lists his top five favorite sci-fi movies of the last forty years and what he thinks is the top five best sci-fi films of the last forty years.
Overall, this would make a good coffee table book for any sci-fi film buff.