From Alien to The Matrix: Reading Science Fiction Film

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I.B.Tauris, Apr 16, 2005 - 208 pages
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Roz Kaveney, an expert in science fiction literature and film, has written an entertaining and enlightening new read on the genre. She explores the history of science fiction film and literature, the recurring themes and characters across the genre, development of special effects technology and the advent of CGI, the business and culture of movie franchises, and the legitimization of "geek culture" through the blockbuster successes of sci-fi movies. Films discussed include Dark City, Strange Days, the Star Wars series, the Terminator films, the Alien quartet, and Galaxy Quest.
 

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Contents

Waking into Dream Competence Cascades Thick Texts and the Universalization of the Geek Aesthetic
1
Director as Parodist Paul Verhoevens Starship Troopers
9
Comedy 1 Galaxy Quest
21
The Decline and Fall of the Alien Invasion
37
Comedy 2 Small Soldiers and the joke of the Robot
53
Who Are You? Cognitive Dissonance and Lots of Really Big Guns
63
The Mirrored Gaze James Camerons and Kathryn Bigelows Strange Day
83
Creation as Product The Paradox of Franchises
109
Alien and its sequels
129
Alien
131
Aliens
149
Alien
175
Alien Resurrection
189
Index of Films
205
Index
207
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About the author (2005)

Roz Kaveney is a freelance writer and editor and chief contributor to Reading the Vampire Slayer (I.B.Tauris 2003).

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