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By Gary Westfahl

This booklet gathers jointly some of the illuminating essays on technological know-how fiction and myth movie penned through an enormous critic within the SF box. The items are approximately equipped within the chronological order of while the films and tv courses being mentioned first seemed, with essays offering extra normal overviews clustered close to the start and finish of the quantity, to supply the general air of mystery of a historic survey. even though this e-book doesn't fake to supply a complete heritage of technological know-how fiction and fable movies, it does intermingle analyses of movies and television courses with a few discussions of comparable performs, novels, tales, and comedian books, quite within the essays in this Island Earth and 2001: an area Odyssey and its sequels. Inciteful, interesting, and entire of clever and witty observations approximately technological know-how fiction and its occasionally curious courting with the visible media, those essays will either satisfaction and entertain critics, lovers, and audience alike.

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Unfortunately, Alice cannot accomplish these goals. She tries to 11. Bob Hilliard, lyrics, Sammy Fain, music, “In a World of My Own” [song], Alice in Wonderland (Disney, 1950). 353|CO . MINGOFAGEINFANTASYLANDTHE : SELF-PARENTINGCHILDINWALTDISNEYANIMATEDFILMS establish sympathetic contact with the natural world, but the animals she encounters—the White Rabbit, the talking flowers, the caterpillar, and the Cheshire Cat—are either hostile or enigmatic. She encounters adults who might serve as surrogate parents—Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Mad Hatter, and the Red Queen—but these people are also unhelpful and sometimes maddening.

Instead, they vanish, and she must travel by herself to another unsettling adventure. Unable to commune with or control her Wonderland, Alice must ultimately retreat, returning to her old life under the guidance of her older sister and finding, reassuringly, that her Wonderland was only a dream. ” To stay happy, Alice must remain at home, in what we presume is a normal family; if she goes away from home, she will only get in trouble, find no worthwhile friends, and feel lost and confused. This is, presumably, the messages that parents would want their children to hear; and it is surprising to find it only in a Disney movie that most critics and viewers despise.

Displaying some—but not enough—concern for safety, The Angry Red Planet (1960) places spacesuited Martian explorers in what look like motorcycle helmets with faceplates, protecting their skulls from dangerous collisions but offering unpersuasive protection from the harsh Martian environment. In the 1960s, there emerged films purportedly about the actual space program; these tended to be farcical at first, like Moon Pilot (1962) and The Reluctant Astronaut (1967), but later a few such films aspired to gritty realism, like Countdown (1968) and Marooned (1969).

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