From Alien to the Matrix: Reading Science Fiction Film
Bloomsbury Academic, 2005 M01 28 - 208 pages
Written by a world expert in Science Fiction, 'Reading Science Fiction Film' is both a hugely entertaining and enlightening read and a new critical approach to SF films that considers them as both autonomous creations and contributions to the genre and to the broader culture. Roz Kaveney looks at the movies of alien invasion and movie franchises, as well as offering deep readings of the 'Alien' quartet, of 'Dark City' and 'Strange Days'; extended consideration of the 'Star Wars' series, and Terminator films; and a celebration of Galaxy Quest and many other films. '...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 "Works of serious pop-culch critique too often founder on either the Scylla or critical-theory pomposity or the Charybdis of triviality. Waking into Dream triumphantly avoids both. It's an exemplary book of its kind. For any other authors considering tackling this subject, it is the book to beat.'