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Science Fiction Primer
Topic by: dwhudson
Posted: February 16, 2004 - 9:48 AM PST
Last Reply: September 2, 2004 - 1:24 AM PDT

author topic: Science Fiction Primer
post #1  on February 16, 2004 - 9:48 AM PST  
From the silent Queen of Mars to Flash Gordon, from Cronenbergian body snatchers to giant bugs and all but invisible viruses, from chipper robots to badass cyborgs, Sean Axmaker guides us through a vibrant and varied genre in our latest primer: Science Fiction.

It was about time we got around to this one, wasn't it.
post #2  on February 16, 2004 - 4:32 PM PST  
Wow, it's a three-pager!

Science fiction films are often disappointing to me, having grown up reading science fiction books. Too often science fiction movies don't present the complex and mind-bending ideas you find in the books. The popularity of movies like Alien and Star Wars spawned hundreds of simplistic monster and space opera imitators. Now we are getting a lot of watered-down Philip K. Dick movies (like Paycheck). It's nice to be pleasantly surprised by stealth sci-fi movies like Donnie Darko or Happy Accidents. Special effects are not important, but intelligent interesting ideas are.
post #3  on September 2, 2004 - 1:24 AM PDT  
It's amazing how the primer can ignore sci fi animation like Fantastic Planet and sci fi anime like Ghost in the Shell, Serial Experiment Lain, Cowboy Bebop, Crest of the Stars, Metropolis...

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