M. Keith Booker has selected fifteen of the most successful and innovative science fiction films of all time, and examined each of them at length-from cultural, technical and cinematic perspectives-to see where they came from and what they meant for the future of cinema and for America at large. From Invasion of the Body Snatchers to Star Wars, from Blade Runner to The Matrix, these landmark films have expressed our fears and dreams, our abilities and our deficiencies. In this deep-seeking investigation, we can all find something of ourselves that we recognize, as well as something that we've never recognized before.
Introduction 1 F The Day the Earth Stood Still 2 F Forbidden Planet 3 F Invasion of the Body Snatchers 4 F 2001: A Space Odyssey 5 F Planet of the Apes 6 F Star Wars 7 F Close Encounters of the Third Kind 8 F Alien 9 F E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 10 F Blade Runner 11 F The Terminator 12 F Robocop 13 F The Abyss 14 F Independence Day 15 F The Matrix Conclusion: Science Fiction Film and American Culture