Screening Space: The American Science Fiction Film

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Rutgers University Press, 1987 - Performing Arts - 345 pages
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Screening Space deserves the attention of everyone in our field. It is an important book, a groundbreaking book, an indispensable book for critics of SF film, SF, or contemporary mass culture.† Read it and you will never view SF film in quite the same way again.Science Fiction Studies

A brilliant book, the best book yet on the American SF film.-Fantasy Review

†A closely reasoned, finely observed, entirely admirable piece of work.† The best examination so far of the visual and aural iconography of SF film, and likely to remain the best for a long time.Journal of Film & TV

†Sobchack builds up her arguments meticulously. . . . she continually prods the reader to review his or her assumptions.”—Film Quarterly

†Her writing style is clear, witty, and concise as she shapes new definitions of the SF film. . . and ultimately rescues it from the benign neglect of film theorists and from the camp admiration of Trekkies and Trolls.”—Film Bulletin

The first serious work to study the surprisingly close connection between science fiction films and social preconceptions.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review

This history of American SF movies, which includes lots of stills, covers virtually all the classic films and discusses their import intelligently. . . . All in all, a valuable and fascinating book for film buff and SF fan alike.

  

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Contents

Preface to the Enlarged Edition
7
Definitions and Themes
17
The Look of Science Fiction
64
The Sounds
146
Postfuturism
223

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About the author (1987)

Vivian Sobchack is Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Theater, Film, and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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