The Science of Sci-Fi Cinema

Essays on the Art and Principles of Ten Films

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About the Book

Science fiction films present hypothetical futures, featuring imagined technological advancements—not yet realized but perhaps (more or less) plausible. Yet how much of what audiences see is within the bounds of possibility? Can we really envision what a black hole looks like? Can dinosaurs really be genetically re-engineered?

Originating from an annual Science Fiction Film Series in Denver, Colorado, this volume of essays examines 10 films, with a focus on discerning the possible, the unlikely, and the purely science fictional. Co-written by a film professor and a scientist, chapters provide analyses of the movies themselves, along with examination of the actual science (or lack thereof) in each film.

About the Author(s)

Vincent Piturro is a professor of film and media studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has published on Westerns, documentary film rhetoric and Jim Jarmusch.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Vincent Piturro
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 30 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8330-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4123-2
Imprint: McFarland