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By M. Keith Booker

For greater than 50 years, technological know-how fiction movies were one of the most vital and winning items of yank cinema, and are valuable of research accordingly by myself. On a deeper point, the style has mirrored very important issues, issues and advancements in American society, in order that a heritage of technology fiction movie additionally serves as a cultural historical past of the US over the last part century.

M. Keith Booker has chosen fifteen of the main profitable and leading edge technological know-how fiction movies of all time, and tested every one of them at length--from cultural, technical and cinematic perspectives--to see the place they got here from and what they intended for the way forward for cinema and for the USA at huge. From "Invasion of the physique Snatchers" to "Star Wars," from "Blade Runner" to "The Matrix," those landmark movies have expressed our fears and goals, our skills and our deficiencies. during this deep-seeking research, we will be able to all locate whatever of ourselves that we realize, in addition to anything that we've by no means famous before.

The concentrate on a pretty small variety of landmark movies permits precise awareness to really unique video clips, together with: "Forbidden Planet, Invasion of the physique Snatchers, 2001: an area Odyssey, Planet of the Apes, superstar Wars, shut Encounters of the 3rd style, Alien, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Blade Runner, The Terminator, Robocop, The Abyss, Independence Day," and "The Matrix." This publication is perfect for common readers attracted to technological know-how fiction and movie.

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This second mission leads to the discovery of a repository left behind by an ancient, highly-advanced race that once lived on Mars. T h e virtual-reality archive left in this repository reveals that Mars had been rendered unlivable by a sudden catastrophe, apparently a strike by a large asteroid. T h e inhabitants of the planet were thus forced to evacuate to the stars, though they also sent a ship to Earth, seeding it with D N A and leading to the evolution of life on Earth. H u m a n s are thus in a very real sense the cousins of the ancient inhabitants of Mars.

SERIOUS SCIENCE FICTION: THE LEGACY OF THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL The Day the Earth Stood Still is an effective counterweight to any n u m b e r of paranoid alien invasion films of the 1950s. It also influenced several other films that represented aliens in a positive light. O n e of the most effective of 40 • Alternate Americas these is Jack Arnold's It Came From Outer Space (1953), m which an alien craft crashes on Earth due to mechanical difficulties, but in which the aliens otherwise have no interest in Earth or Earthlings (who, of course, greet them with suspicion and violence).

Their curiosity piqued, they land anyway, and are immediately greeted by the remarkable R o b b y the R o b o t , w h o turns out to have the principal responsibility for carrying out the bidding of Morbius, his creator—-just as Ariel does Prospero's bidding in The Tempest. T h e robot takes Adams, Lt. " D o c " O s t r o w (the ship's doctor, played by Warren Stevens), and Lt. Jerry Farman (the ship's first officer, played by Jack Kelly) aboard his high-speed vehicle to Morbius's residence. Morbius then introduces the visitors to the considerable capabilities of R o b b y (a creation he nevertheless dismisses as "child's play") and the other accoutrements of his high-tech h o m e .

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