A Sense-of-Wonderful Century: Explorations of Science by Gary Westfahl

By Gary Westfahl

This publication gathers jointly the various illuminating essays on technological know-how fiction and myth movie penned via a tremendous critic within the SF box. The items are approximately prepared within the chronological order of whilst the flicks and tv courses being mentioned first seemed, with essays delivering extra basic overviews clustered close to the start and finish of the amount, to supply the final charisma of a ancient survey. even supposing this ebook doesn't faux to supply a finished historical past of technological know-how fiction and myth motion pictures, 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, unique, and whole of clever and witty observations approximately technological know-how fiction and its occasionally curious courting with the visible media, those essays will either pride and entertain critics, lovers, and audience alike.

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Yet an odd shift has occurred in recent Disney animated films, which also poses a problem: except for The Little Mermaid, these films focus on powerful male villains, warped transformations of the father figure: the Horned King in The Black Cauldron, Bill Sykes in Oliver and Company, McHeath in The Rescuers Down Under, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, the Grand Vizier of Aladdin, the English colonialist of Pocahantas, Frollo of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hades in Hercules (1997),10 and the Hun Shan Yu in Mulan.

With space at a premium (in another sense), I cannot undertake a complete history of spacesuit films in relation to the larger set of space films, but a few important works can be named and discussed. Although there were space films before 1950, including A Trip to the Moon (1902), Woman in the Moon (1929), and the serials featuring Flash Gordon (1936, 1938, 1940) and Buck Rogers (1939), the first completely authentic spacesuit film was probably Destination Moon (1950), produced by George Pal and directed by Irving Pichel.

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. Throughout the twentieth century, children have become more independent and more rebellious in dealing with their parents, and one posited explanation has always been the baleful influence of disreputable literature.

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