I really enjoyed Rise of the Planet of the Apes, as my essay at Cinefantastique Online discussed, and I’m hoping next year’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes adds positively to the rebirthed franchise.
Reading Mystery Science Theater 3000: Critical Approaches (Scarecrow Press, 2013), Shelley S. Rees, editor. First broadcast in the not too distant past on a television station in Minnesota, Mystery Science Theater 3000 soon grew out of its humble beginnings and found a new home on cable television. This simple show about a man and two […]
The research group “Science Fiction and the Bible” meets for the second time at ISBL/EABS in Vienna (July 6th-10th). We invite proposals for papers which engage with the possibilities of discussing biblical literature informed by Science Fiction (SF) or closely related genres. Proposals for papers are invited that apply specific works, tropes, or theories from […]
One of the best writers analyzing contemporary genre film and television is John Kenneth Muir. His new volume adds to an impressive body of work with Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the 1970s (The Lulu Show, 2013). In this volume he follows a template used in his previous work. Following a helpful Introduction to […]
I attended the 2013 Salt Lake Comic Con as a media representative, and was invited to their press conference today but was unable to attend. After the event they released the following press release. Salt Lake City will see not one, but two fan conventions in 2014! Salt Lake Comic Con Is Baaack! With Great […]
Plans are underway for a Museum of Science Fiction in Washington, DC. Watch the video and then visit their Indiegogo campaign page if you want to support the project.
Sci-fi remakes or re-envisionings can be a controversial topic to those of us who grew up with versions of films that we tend to identify as the only appropriate treatment of the subject matter. But from time to time there have been a few out there that have managed to successfully re-imagine and re-contextualize the […]
In a previous post I’ve drawn attention to October is Black Speculative Fiction Month, and Afrofutrism. Now I am pleased to present an interview with Ytasha L. Womack, author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture (Lawrence Hill Books, 2013). Womack defines Afrofutrism by citing Ingrid LaFleur “as a way of imagining […]
I have previously enjoyed many of the volumes by John Kenneth Muir, and was even privileged to provide some content to his book Horror Films of the 1990s. He just released a new book titled Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the 1970s. The Amazon description reads: Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the 1970s […]
There is a very interesting piece at thegrio.com titled “‘I, Frankenstein’ writer discusses lack of black filmmakers in science fiction.” This topic is worthy of discussion anytime, but most assuredly in October which is Afrofuturism month. The article shares the thoughts of genre writer and actor Kevin Grevioux, known previously for work on the Underworld […]