By Gary Westfahl

This e-book gathers jointly a few of the illuminating essays on technological know-how fiction and fable movie penned by means 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 delivering extra normal overviews clustered close to the start and finish of the amount, to supply the general charisma of a historic survey. even if this publication doesn't faux to supply a accomplished historical past of technological know-how fiction and delusion motion pictures, it does intermingle analyses of movies and television courses with a few discussions of comparable performs, novels, tales, and comedian books, rather within the essays in this Island Earth and 2001: an area Odyssey and its sequels. Inciteful, wonderful, and entire of clever and witty observations approximately technological know-how fiction and its occasionally curious courting with the visible media, those essays will either pride and entertain critics, enthusiasts, and audience alike.

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MINGOFAGEINFANTASYLANDTHE : SELF-PARENTINGCHILDINWALTDISNEYANIMATEDFILMS triumphant master of his natural realm, riding the mighty eagle to America, we assume he will soon be reunited with his mother. However, in other Disney animated films, something different happens: the children’s mentors do not give way to true parents and do not retain the role of surrogate parents. Instead there occurs a role reversal: while animals and magical adults first appear in parental roles, the children later assume parental roles, with the animals and adults recast as their children.

Its depictions of slowmoving astronauts outside the ship resemble films of actual space walks; its scenes of men walking on the Moon, as others have pointed out, eerily anticipate television coverage of the Apollo missions; and even the improvisational, spit-and-chewing-gum inventiveness of their solution to the weight problem mirrors the actual way that astronauts and engineers on the ground devised answers to problems like those of the Apollo 13 mission. People rarely watch Destination Moon today not because it is undramatic, but because they have regularly watched real-life video footage which conveys the same sense of authentic drama.

Bruce Franklin, Robert A. Heinlein: America as Science Fiction (New York: Oxford University Press, 1980), 70. Later page references in the text are to this edition. HEINLEIN’SPROJECTMOONBASE To describe what is conventional, and what is unconventional, about Project Moonbase, one could speak of a series of tensions between the apparent messages, and the actual messages, in the movie. Four of these are most prominent. ******* First, there is the conflict of The ordinariness of space versus The strangeness of space.

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