Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction Cinema (Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts)


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We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction in Literature. Historical Dictionary of Popular Music. Beginning with the work of pioneering French filmmaker Georges Melies at the dawn of the 20th century and moving through such silent films as Fritz Lang's classic Metropolis, science fiction film has had a long and even The history of science fiction film now spans more than years, during which time more than 1, science fiction films of various kinds have been made. Great Expectations Charles Dickens. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

Other books in this series. Historical Dictionary of Surrealism Keith Aspley. Review quote In this easy-to-read and informative reference, Booker English, Univ. Varying in length from one-quarter of a page to three pages, the plus alphabetically arranged articles discuss directors, producers, writers, actors, subgenres, styles, and production companies This could be a helpful place to begin research on sf movies It is likely to be of most interest to academic researchers but may also be useful to curious public library patrons.

In addition to its plus entries, this work provides a chronology of major films and trends, an insightful introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography arranged by topic. It will be useful for academic or public library collections seeking thorough coverage of science fiction or film, or for those lacking other reference works on the genre. In this volume, English professor Booker surveys the genre. Booker's lengthy chronology almost 20 pages begins with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein but lists mainly twentieth-century seminal and representative films and inspirations. An introduction traces sciencefiction film history from the silent era.

A-Z entries cover films; persons actors, directors, producers, writers, special-effects artists ; characters; concepts; and techniques. Length ranges from a half page to 4 pages mainly for concepts, such as Postapocalyptic. In most cases, film entries list the year and director, describe the plot, and comment on the film's impact An extensive bibliography rounds out the volume.

This volume should find a home in film-studies collections as well as in libraries serving science-fiction fans. I will certainly recommend that my library purchase a copy. The author's written style is also both informative and extremely readable and, while most entries are brief, the information is concise and precisely presented. Overall, this handy book is a rich resource for anyone studying or seeking to commence an exploration of the history and practice of the science fiction movie genre.

It is perfectly accessible to a broad readership audience and; despite the slightly high academic price tag, many scholastic and public collections would be enhanced through the acquisition of this work. Wells, and Mary Shelley are three writers that are the inspiration for a multi-million dollar film industry that continues to push the envelope on how filmmakers can translate the human imagination onto film.

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Booker delivers a concise chronology and introduction of the evolution of science fiction cinema beginning with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, often labeled as the first science fiction novel. Directors, actors, and films are listed in entries alongside monsters, aliens, and other terms. Most entries provide descriptive or biographical information rather than critical commentary, although key terms such as feminism and gender do explore the topics in further detail.

All the terms are cross-referenced and a lengthy bibliography is included. Keith Booker is the James E. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

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George Orwell's "" Karen Bradeur. Annotated Big Sleep Owen Hill. The Preparation of the Novel Roland Barthes. Other books in this series. Historical Dictionary of Surrealism Keith Aspley. The entry for Stableford describes that book as 'the first edition,' suggesting that this volume was conceived as a second edition despite its slightly different title. This dictionary offers more current information, drawing on the author's considerable scholarship in the genre and nicely complementing his earlier volume in this series, The Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction Cinema.

Alphabetically arranged entries cover topics including authors, subgenres, tropes, awards, organizations, and significant publications. Though its emphasis is on literature in English, attention is given to global science fiction. The introduction provides a concise overview of science fiction, including other media. A chronology covers works and events shaping the genre from the 18th century to the present.

An extensive bibliography is arranged by topic, including thematic studies, national literatures, and individual authors. Though accessible to the general reader, this reference work is well-tailored to the needs of the science fiction scholar.