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From Alien to The Matrix: Reading Science Fiction Film

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Roz Kaveney, an expert in science fiction literature and film, has written an entertaining and enlightening new read on the genre. She explores the history of science fiction film and literature, the recurring themes and characters across the genre, development of special effects technology and the advent of CGI, the business and culture of movie franchises, and the legitimization of "geek culture" through the blockbuster successes of sci-fi movies. Films discussed include Dark City, Strange Days, the Star Wars ...

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Overview

Roz Kaveney, an expert in science fiction literature and film, has written an entertaining and enlightening new read on the genre. She explores the history of science fiction film and literature, the recurring themes and characters across the genre, development of special effects technology and the advent of CGI, the business and culture of movie franchises, and the legitimization of "geek culture" through the blockbuster successes of sci-fi movies. Films discussed include Dark City, Strange Days, the Star Wars series, the Terminator films, the Alien quartet, and Galaxy Quest.

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"An incredibly necessary text—arming the geeks with tools to read films for the DVD generation—and possibly regeneration. Clear, simple text, in which an understanding of slash fiction is as important to the text as an encyclopedic knowledge of a hundred years of written SF, and what movies mean."—Neil Gaiman

"An exemplary book of its kind. For any other authors considering tackling this subject, it is the book to beat."—Charles Shaar Murray

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850438069
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/23/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Roz Kaveney is a freelance writer and editor and chief contributor to Reading the Vampire Slayer (I.B.Tauris 2003).

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Table of Contents

Waking into Dream—Competence Cascades, Thick Texts and the Universalization of Greek Culture

• Director as parodist—Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers

• Comedy 1—Galaxy Quest

• The decline and fall of the alien invasion

• Comedy 2—Small Soldiers and the joke of the robot

• Who are you? Cognitive Dissonance and Lots of Really Big Guns

• The mirrored gaze—Strange Days

• Creation as product—the paradox of franchises

• A franchise case study: Alien, Aliens, Alien3 and Alien Resurrection

• Index

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