From the Publisher
"The huge increase in the number of complex, culturally significant series in the last twenty years makes the genre a vital one for close study." Joe Milicia, The New York Review of Science Fiction"
"Renowned scholar J. P. Telotte explores how animation has confronted the blank template, and how responses to that confrontation have changed." thebookstallblog.blogspot.com"
"Provides a provocative glimpse into cultural perspectives of space as a method for understanding both a technological and aesthetic history of animation and the evolution from a modern to postmodern mind-set." Humanities"
This essay compilation traces the origins of science fiction (sf) from the early movie serials to today's most popular programs. The writers explain how events such as the Cold War, gender issues, nuclear weapons, and political scenes have affected the plot of hit shows like The Twilight Zone, Star Trek, Lost, and many others. The knowledgeable contributors explore all facets, from anime to the future of sf programs, as well as what constitutes an sf series. The subject matter is intriguing; however, most of the entries are too academic for general readers. Editor Telotte (literature, communication, & culture, Georgia Inst. of Technology; Replications: A Robotic History of the Science Fiction Film) introduces the book with a short history and explanation of its focus. There are some good photos, a videography, and lists of further reading that help liven up an otherwise mediocre book. Recommended for academic libraries with an interest in communication, media, and culture.