Screening Space: The American Science Fiction Film

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Rutgers University Press, 1997 - 345 pages
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.ÓÑFilm 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.ÓÑFilm Bulletin

The first serious work to study the surprisingly close connection between science fiction films and social preconceptions.ÓÑLos 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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I keep coming back to this bad boy when I'm writing about most things to do with science fiction speculation and media. I got good grades in all those essays where I referenced this, I guess that means it's a good book.
By all essays I mean a grand total of two essays by the way.


Preface to the Enlarged Edition
Definitions and Themes
The Look of Science Fiction
The Sounds

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About the author (1997)

Vivian Sobchack is professor of film studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the 1995 winner of the Pilgrim Award for scholarship in science fiction and author of several books on film, including The Address of the Eye: A Phenomenology of Film Experience.

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