Biology Run Amok!

The Life Science Lessons of Science Fiction Cinema


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About the Book

Science fiction movie audiences may sometimes wonder how fictitious the science in a film really is. Yet for many—call them the “Jurassic Park generation”—film and popular media can present a seemingly plausible melding of science and fiction that forms a distorted understanding of scientific facts and concepts. Recognizing that film is both the dominant entertainment medium and an effective tool for teaching, this book—featuring articles originally published in the magazine Scary Monsters—separates biological reality from fantasy in dozens of science fiction films, including The Island of Lost Souls (1933), The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), War of the Worlds (1953), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Scanners (1980), The Serpent and the Rainbow (1987) and Outbreak (1995).

About the Author(s)

Mark C. Glassy is a cancer immunologist at the University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center and an Adjunct Professor at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. He lives in San Diego.

Bibliographic Details

Mark C. Glassy
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6472-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2592-8
Imprint: McFarland