American Science Fiction Tv

Annotation From Star Trek to Farscape and Stargate SG-1, and the epic series Babylon 5, Jan Johnson-Smith shows how, in line with national political upheavals in the 1960s, this vibrant and perplexing genre set about developing the myth of ...

Author: Jan Johnson-Smith

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9781860648823

Category: Electronic books

Page: 308

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Annotation From Star Trek to Farscape and Stargate SG-1, and the epic series Babylon 5, Jan Johnson-Smith shows how, in line with national political upheavals in the 1960s, this vibrant and perplexing genre set about developing the myth of the Western frontier into deep space. Looking at the sense of wonder that infuses science fiction, she traces the genre back to the heroic journeys of the Classical epic as well as to the notion of the sublime so deeply embedded in the American consciousness. Drawing on Caldwell's notion of televisuality, she show how sfx and cgi technologies have made it possible to visually render whole new worlds - and so deliver whole new stories.

American Science Fiction Film and Television

The definitive introduction to American science fiction, this is also the first study to analyse SF across both film and TV. Throughout, the discussion is illustrated with critical case studies of key films and television series, including ...

Author: Lincoln Geraghty

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 0857850768

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

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American Science Fiction Film and Television presents a critical history of late 20th Century SF together with an analysis of the cultural and thematic concerns of this popular genre. Science fiction film and television were initially inspired by the classic literature of HG Wells and Jules Verne. The potential and fears born with the Atomic age fuelled the popularity of the genre, upping the stakes for both technology and apocalypse. From the Cold War through to America's current War on Terror, science fiction has proved a subtle vehicle for the hopes, fears and preoccupations of a nation at war. The definitive introduction to American science fiction, this is also the first study to analyse SF across both film and TV. Throughout, the discussion is illustrated with critical case studies of key films and television series, including The Day the Earth Stood Still, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The X-Files, and Battlestar Galactica.

Sid and Marty Krofft

This work first provides a history of the Kroffts' pretelevision career, then offers discussions of their 11 Saturday morning shows.

Author: Hal Erickson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786430931

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 303

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H.R. Pufnstuf, Lidsville, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Land of the Lost: For a generation of children growing up in the late sixties and early seventies, these were some of the most memorable shows on Saturday morning television. At a time when television cartoons had lost some of their luster, two puppeteers named Sid and Marty Krofft put together a series of shows that captivated children. Using colorful sets and mysterious lands full of characters that had boundless energy, the Kroffts created a new form of children's television, rooted in the medium's earliest shows but nevertheless original in its concept. This work first provides a history of the Kroffts' pretelevision career, then offers discussions of their 11 Saturday morning shows. Complete cast and credit information is enhanced by interviews with many of the actors and actresses, behind-the-scenes information, print reviews of the series, and plot listings of the individual episodes. The H.R. Pufnstuf feature film, the brothers' other television work, and their short-lived indoor theme park are also detailed.

American Science Fiction Television Series of the 1950s

From Adventures of Superman to World of Giants, this reference work covers all science fiction television series of the 1950s. A lengthy essay details character development, technical innovations, critical commentary and other matters.

Author: Patrick Lucanio

Publisher: McFarland Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 252

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As Americans grappled with the real problems of the atomic age in the 1950s, the science fiction television series provided escapist fare. At first essentially fantasy and adventure, the shows reflected the progress of the decade, using in the late 1950s extrapolations from the theories and findings of true science. From Adventures of Superman to World of Giants, this reference work covers all science fiction television series of the 1950s. A lengthy essay details character development, technical innovations, critical commentary and other matters. The episode guides that follow first provide primary cast and production credits for the entire season and then coverage of each individual episode, with title, airdate, writer, director, and a plot synopsis. Much of the information was derived from actual viewing, and many errors from other works are corrected here.

American Science Fiction Television Series

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.

Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: Booksllc.Net

ISBN: 9781230643854

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Page: 198

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 196. Chapters: Lost (TV series), Babylon 5, Stargate SG-1, Fringe (TV series), The X-Files, Futurama, Firefly (TV series), Heroes (TV series), Star Trek: The Original Series, The Time Tunnel, Young Justice (TV series), Dollhouse (TV series), The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series), Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Stargate Atlantis, Chaotic (TV series), Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dexter's Laboratory, Star Trek: Enterprise, Return to the Planet of the Apes, Stargate Universe. Excerpt: Lost is an American television series that was originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) from September 22, 2004 to May 23, 2010, consisting of six seasons. Lost is a drama series containing elements of science fiction and the supernatural that follows the survivors of the crash of a commercial passenger jet flying between Sydney and Los Angeles, on a mysterious tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean. The story is told in a heavily serialized manner. Episodes typically feature a primary storyline on the island, as well as a secondary storyline from another point in a character's life. Lost was created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof who share story-writing credits for the pilot episode, which Abrams directed. Throughout the show's run, Lindelof and Carlton Cuse served as showrunners and head writers, working together with a large number of other executive producers and writers. Due to its large ensemble cast and the cost of filming primarily on location in Oahu, Hawaii, the series was one of the most expensive on television. The fictional universe and mythology of Lost is expanded upon by a number of related media, most importantly a series of short mini-episodes called Missing Pieces, and a 12-minute epilogue titled "The...

The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction

This Companion explores the relationship between the ideas and themes of American science fiction and their roots in the American cultural experience.

Author: Gerry Canavan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107052467

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 290

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This Companion explores the relationship between the ideas and themes of American science fiction and their roots in the American cultural experience.

Science Fiction Television

Provides a chronological, in-depth survey of American science fiction television series from the 1950s through the present day.

Author: M. Keith Booker

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780275981648

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 201

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Provides a chronological, in-depth survey of American science fiction television series from the 1950s through the present day.

Screening Space

This text attempts to shape definitions of the American science fiction film, studying the connection between the films and social preconceptions.

Author: Vivian Carol Sobchack

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813524924

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 345

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This text attempts to shape definitions of the American science fiction film, studying the connection between the films and social preconceptions. It covers many classic films and discusses their import, seeking to rescue the genre from the neglect of film theorists. The book should appeal to both film buff and fans of science fiction.

Science Fiction TV

The first in the Routledge Television Guidebooks series, Science Fiction TV offers an introduction to the versatile and evolving genre of science fiction television, combining historical overview with textual readings to analyze its ...

Author: J. P. Telotte

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135968780

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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The first in the Routledge Television Guidebooks series, Science Fiction TV offers an introduction to the versatile and evolving genre of science fiction television, combining historical overview with textual readings to analyze its development and ever-increasing popularity. J. P. Telotte discusses science fiction’s cultural progressiveness and the breadth of its technological and narrative possibilities, exploring SFTV from its roots in the pulp magazines and radio serials of the 1930s all the way up to the present. From formative series like Captain Video to contemporary, cutting-edge shows like Firefly and long-lived popular revivals such as Doctor Who and Star Trek, Telotte insightfully tracks the history and growth of this crucial genre, along with its dedicated fandom and special venues, such as the Syfy Channel. In addition, each chapter features an in-depth exploration of a range of key historical and contemporary series, including: -Captain Video and His Video Rangers -The Twilight Zone -Battlestar Galactica -Farscape -Fringe Incorporating a comprehensive videography, discussion questions, and a detailed bibliography for additional reading, J. P. Telotte has created a concise yet thought-provoking guide to SFTV, a book that will appeal not only to dedicated science fiction fans but to students of popular culture and media as well.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Science fiction , Hungarian ( May Subd Geog ) UF Hungarian science fiction BT
Hungarian fiction Science fiction , Indic ( May Subd Geog ) ... Subd Geog ) UF
Korean science fiction BT Korean fiction Science fiction , Latin American ( Not
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form subdivisions , this heading is used for works about sceince fiction television
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The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader

In his essay "The Politics of Star Trek: The Original Series," M. Keith Booker examines the ways in which Star Trek promoted cultural diversity and commented on the pioneering attitude of the American West.

Author: J.P. Telotte

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813172969

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

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Once confined solely to literature and film, science fiction has emerged to become a firmly established, and wildly popular, television genre over the last half century. The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader provides insight into and analyses of the most important programs in the history of the genre and explores the breadth of science fiction programming. Editor J. P. Telotte and the contributors explain the gradual transformation of the genre from low-budget cinematic knockoffs to an independent and distinct televisual identity. Their essays track the dramatic evolution of early hits such as The Twilight Zone and Star Trek into the science fiction programming of today with its more recent successes such as Lost and Heroes. They highlight the history, narrative approaches, and themes of the genre with an inviting and accessible style. In essays that are as varied as the shows themselves, the contributors address the full scope of the genre. In his essay “The Politics of Star Trek: The Original Series,” M. Keith Booker examines the ways in which Star Trek promoted cultural diversity and commented on the pioneering attitude of the American West. Susan George takes on the refurbished Battlestar Galactica series, examining how the show reframes questions of gender. Other essays explore the very attributes that constitute science fiction television: David Lavery’s essay “The Island’s Greatest Mystery: Is Lost Science Fiction?”calls into question the defining characteristics of the genre. From anime to action, every form of science fiction television is given thoughtful analysis enriched with historical perspective. Placing the genre in a broad context, The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader outlines where the genre has been, where it is today, and where it may travel in the future. No longer relegated to the periphery of television, science fiction now commands a viewership vast enough to sustain a cable channel devoted to the genre.

British Science Fiction Film and Television

Written by international experts from a range of disciplines, these essays examine the uniquely British contribution to science fiction film and television.

Author: Tobias Hochscherf

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786484837

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 237

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Written by international experts from a range of disciplines, these essays examine the uniquely British contribution to science fiction film and television. Viewing British SF as a cultural phenomenon that challenges straightforward definitions of genre, nationhood, authorship and media, the editors provide a conceptual introduction placing the essays within their critical context. Essay topics include Hammer science fiction films, the various incarnations of Doctor Who, Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, and such 21st-century productions as 28 Days Later and Torchwood.

Escape Velocity

Escape Velocity charts the historical trajectory of American science fiction cinema, explaining how the genre transitioned from eerie low-budget horror like It Came from Outer Space to art films like Slaughterhouse-Five, and finally to the ...

Author: Bradley Schauer

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819576603

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Today, movie theaters are packed with audiences of all ages marveling to exciting science fiction blockbusters, many of which are also critically acclaimed. However, when the science fiction film genre first emerged in the 1950s, it was represented largely by exploitation horror films—lurid, culturally disreputable, and appealing to a niche audience of children and sci-fi buffs. How did the genre evolve from B-movie to blockbuster? Escape Velocity charts the historical trajectory of American science fiction cinema, explaining how the genre transitioned from eerie low-budget horror like It Came from Outer Space to art films like Slaughterhouse-Five, and finally to the extraordinary popularity of hits like E.T. Bradley Schauer draws on primary sources such as internal studio documents, promotional materials, and film reviews to explain the process of cultural, aesthetic, and economic legitimation that occurred between the 1950s and 1980s, as pulp science fiction tropes were adapted to suit the tastes of mainstream audiences. Considering the inescapable dominance of today's effects-driven blockbusters, Escape Velocity not only charts the history of science fiction film, but also gives an account of the origins of contemporary Hollywood.

The Monomyth in American Science Fiction Films

One of the great intellectual achievements of the 20th century, Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces is an elaborate articulation of the monomyth: the narrative pattern underlying countless stories from the most ancient myths ...

Author: Donald E. Palumbo

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786479116

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 204

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One of the great intellectual achievements of the 20th century, Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces is an elaborate articulation of the monomyth: the narrative pattern underlying countless stories from the most ancient myths and legends to the films and television series of today. The monomyth's fundamental storyline, in Campbell's words, sees "the hero venture forth from the world of the common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons to his fellow man." Campbell asserted that the hero is each of us--thus the monomyth's endurance as a compelling plot structure. This study examines the monomyth in the context of Campbell's The Hero and discusses the use of this versatile narrative in 26 films and two television shows produced between 1960 and 2009, including the initial Star Wars trilogy (1977-1983), The Time Machine (1960), Logan's Run (1976), Escape from New York (1981), Tron (1982), The Terminator (1984), The Matrix (1999), the first 11 Star Trek films (1979-2009), and the Sci Fi Channel's miniseries Frank Herbert's Dune (2000) and Frank Herbert's Children of Dune (2003).

Science fiction Studies

Lucanio , Patrick , and Gary Coville . American Science Fiction Television Series
of the 1950s . Jefferson , NC : McFarland , 1998 . - Smokin ' Rockets : The
Romance of Technology in American Film , Radio and Television , 1945 - 1962 .

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Alternate Americas

Science fiction films have been among the most important and successful products of American cinema over the past fifty years.

Author: M. Keith Booker

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275983956

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 274

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Science fiction films have been among the most important and successful products of American cinema over the past fifty years.

Gender Science Fiction Television and the American Security State

As American security became increasingly dependent on technology to shape the consciousness of its populace and to defend them, science fiction shows like The Twilight Zone, Star Trek, and The X-Files both promoted the regime's gendered ...

Author: M. Wildermuth

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137408898

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 233

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As American security became increasingly dependent on technology to shape the consciousness of its populace and to defend them, science fiction shows like The Twilight Zone, Star Trek, and The X-Files both promoted the regime's gendered logic and raised significant questions about that logic and its gendered roles.

Coordinates

Essays examine the themes, literary techniques, and social aspects of the science fiction and fantasy writings of authors, such as Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, and Robert A. Heinlein

Author: Eaton Conference on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature (3rd : 1981 : University of California, Riverside)

Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press

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Category: Literary Collections

Page: 209

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Essays examine the themes, literary techniques, and social aspects of the science fiction and fantasy writings of authors, such as Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, and Robert A. Heinlein

Twentieth century American Science fiction Writers

Television ( New York : Pyramid , 1975 ) ; No Doors , No Windows ( New York :
Pyramid , 1975 ) ; The City on the Edge of ... followed immediately by a qualifying
negation : Ellison both is and is not a science - fiction writer ; Ellison both is and is
 ...

Author: Gale Cengage

Publisher: Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Company

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 688

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Contains critical/biographical studies of American science-fiction writers who began writing after 1900 and before 1970.

Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction Literature

The list of acronyms and abbreviations, the chronology covering the literature from the 1700s through the present, the introductory essay, and the dictionary entries provide science fiction novices and enthusiasts as well as serious writers ...

Author: Brian M. Stableford

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810849389

Category: History

Page: 451

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This reference tracks the development of speculative fiction influenced by the advancement of science and the idea of progress from the eighteenth century to the present day. The major authors and publications of the genre and significant subgenres are covered. Additionally there are entries on fields of science and technology which have been particularly prolific in provoking such speculation. The list of acronyms and abbreviations, the chronology covering the literature from the 1700s through the present, the introductory essay, and the dictionary entries provide science fiction novices and enthusiasts as well as serious writers and critics with a wonderful foundation for understanding the realm of science fiction literature. The extensive bibliography that includes books, journals, fanzines, and websites demonstrates that science fiction literature commands a massive following.