Download e-book for iPad: A Sense-of-Wonderful Century: Explorations of Science by Gary Westfahl

By Gary Westfahl

ISBN-10: 143444371X

ISBN-13: 9781434443717

This e-book gathers jointly a few of the illuminating essays on technology fiction and delusion movie penned by way of a huge critic within the SF box. The items are approximately geared up within the chronological order of while the flicks and tv courses being mentioned first seemed, with essays offering extra normal overviews clustered close to the start and finish of the amount, to supply the final air of secrecy of a historic survey. even if this booklet doesn't faux to supply a finished historical past of technological know-how fiction and myth motion pictures, it does intermingle analyses of movies and television courses with a few discussions of similar performs, novels, tales, and comedian books, quite within the essays in this Island Earth and 2001: an area Odyssey and its sequels. Inciteful, pleasing, and whole of clever and witty observations approximately technology fiction and its occasionally curious dating with the visible media, those essays will either pride and entertain critics, fanatics, and audience alike.

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She tries to 11. Bob Hilliard, lyrics, Sammy Fain, music, “In a World of My Own” [song], Alice in Wonderland (Disney, 1950). 353|CO . MINGOFAGEINFANTASYLANDTHE : SELF-PARENTINGCHILDINWALTDISNEYANIMATEDFILMS establish sympathetic contact with the natural world, but the animals she encounters—the White Rabbit, the talking flowers, the caterpillar, and the Cheshire Cat—are either hostile or enigmatic. She encounters adults who might serve as surrogate parents—Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Mad Hatter, and the Red Queen—but these people are also unhelpful and sometimes maddening.

HETRUEFRONTIERC :ONFRONTINGANDAVOIDINGTHEREALITIESOFSPACEINAMERICANSCIENCEFICTIONFILMS Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey) and a host of other films that played fast and loose with the facts of space travel” (92). On the day that I first drafted this essay, it was eerily appropriate to stumble upon such overt support for my developing argument. ” After all, how can films about events that really happened, accurately related, qualify as science fiction films? Yet in placing them in this context, I am hardly alone: Apollo 13 was nominated for the science fiction Hugo Award as “Best Dramatic Presentation,” and television coverage of the Apollo 11 Moon landing actually won the Hugo Award in 1969.

Also, unlike Heinlein’s earlier film Destination Moon, Project Moonbase did not become a Heinlein short story or the subject of a Heinlein article; indeed, by all accounts, Heinlein was dissatisfied with the film and to my knowledge never mentioned it in print. Most critical studies of Heinlein—including Alexei Panshin’s Heinlein in Dimension (1968), George Slusser’s Robert A. Heinlein: Stranger in His Own Land (1976), and The Classic Years of Robert A. Heinlein (1977), and Joseph D. Olander and Martin H.

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