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Alien Zone 2 : The Spaces of Science Fiction Cinema - Annette Kuhn

Alien Zone 2

The Spaces of Science Fiction Cinema

By: Rick Kuhn, Annette Kuhn (Editor)

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Published: 17th December 1999
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Science fiction, more than any other film genre, allows cinema to exhibit its own distinctive matters of expression. Whether these be the state-of-the-art special effects technologies of 2001: A Space Odyssey, or the symbolic imagery of ruined cityscapes in Blade Runner, they allow the spectator to experience the totality of the audiovisual thrill. While this remains in many ways the core defining feature of the genre, recent trends in the study of science-fiction cinema have seen a shift of focus away from the specifically cinematic towards the more broadly cultural. New technologies of communication and vision, revolutionary developments in the delivery and reception of moving-image media, the increasing importance of the notion of space: all are forcing new and different ways of thinking about the genre. Alien Zone II presents some of the most exciting new voices in the current debates. A companion volume to Alien Zone, it continues to pursue the critical and theoretical issues opened up in the earlier book and energetically explores fresh territory with an eye which is both reflective and interventionist: visionary cities, psycho-cybernetics, Internet fandom, the convergence of science-fiction literature and science-fiction film, the body and its limits are just some of the subjects brought under its gaze. Contributors: Will Brooker, Scott Bukatman, Catherine Constable, David Desser, Barry Keith Grant, Brooks Landon, Linda Mizejewski, Vivian Sobchack, Claudia Springer, Janet Staiger, Garrett Stewart.

Introductionp. 1
Cultural Spaces
Introductionp. 11
'Sensuous Elaboration': Reason and the Visible in the Science-Fiction Filmp. 16
Diegetic or Digital? The Convergence of Science-Fiction Literature and Science-Fiction Film in Hypermediap. 31
Internet Fandom and the Continuing Narratives of Star Wars, Blade Runner and Alienp. 50
City Spaces
Introductionp. 75
Race, Space and Class: The Politics of Cityscapes in Science-Fiction Filmsp. 80
Future Noir: Contemporary Representations of Visionary Citiesp. 97
Cities on the Edge of Time: The Urban Science-Fiction Filmp. 123
Corporeal Spaces
Introductionp. 147
Action Bodies in Futurist Spaces: Bodybuilder Stardom as Special Effectp. 152
Becoming the Monster's Mother: Morphologies of Identity in the Alien Seriesp. 173
Psycho-cybernetics in Films of the 1990sp. 203
Sensuous Spaces
Introductionp. 221
Body Snatching: Science Fiction's Photographic Tracep. 226
The Artificial Infinite: On Special Effects and the Sublimep. 249
Filmographyp. 276
Bibliographyp. 285
Notes on Contributorsp. 299
Indexp. 301
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ISBN: 9781859842591
ISBN-10: 1859842593
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 17th December 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.26 x 14.99  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1