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The Geek's Guide to SF Cinema: 30 Key Films that Revolutionised the Genre

Ryan Lambie

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Films, cinema, Film: styles & genres

From one of the key contributors to popular website Den of Geek. Once a cult phenomenon, now a fixture of contemporary pop culture, SF cinema is explored through key turning points in its history through 30 significant films.

'Awesome. Everything you've ever wanted to know about big-screen sci-fi' - James King, film critic

'A wonderfully accessible, fascinating, flat-out treasure chest of science fiction cinema, from an author whose love of the subject leaps off the page' - Simon Brew, Editor, Den of Geek

'Don't leave Planet Earth without it' - Dan Jolin, film critic

Why do SF movies matter? What do they tell us about the interests of storytellers and the changing tastes of cinema-goers? How have SF movies evolved with filmmaking technology over the past 110 years?

The Geek's Guide To SF Cinema provides an entertaining and in-depth history of the science fiction genre's pivotal and most influential movies. From the pioneering films of Georges Melies to such blockbusters as Avatar and Inception in the 21st century, the book will explore how these key movies were made, how they reflected the mood of the time in which they were released and how they have influenced other filmmakers in the years since.

Historians and experts contribute to answer questions such as: 'How important was Fritz Lang's contribution to cinema?' and 'What did Alien say about the cynical climate of the 1970s?'. Providing nostalgia for long-time SF addicts and context for those whose knowledge and love of the genre is still growing, this is a pop-culture book with depth.

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Praise for The Geek's Guide to SF Cinema: 30 Key Films that Revolutionised the Genre

  • Whether you dive in and devour the whole thing in one sitting, or nibble at it chapter by chapter, this book will absorb and intrigue you . . . it's impossible to be indifferent to so much carefully researched geekery

  • Awesome. Everything you've ever wanted to know about big-screen sci-fi

  • An accessible and insightful journey through the sci-fi-cinema galaxy, as navigated by a true fan. Ryan Lambie's knowledge is only matched by his enthusiasm as he efficiently joins the dots between George Melies and Christopher Nolan. Don't leave Planet Earth without it

  • A wonderfully accessible, fascinating, flat-out treasure chest of science fiction cinema, from an author whose love of the subject leaps off the page.

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