We have a giveaway from our partners at Syfy that could make a great gift this season (well, we would keep it for ourselves, but that’s up to you). Syfy recently released its compilation of the history of the genre that made it famous: The Science Fiction Universe… And Beyond.
This book chronicles everything from George Méliès’ iconic 1902 film, A Trip to the Moon, to one of our favorite superhero aliens, Superman. Dive into the nostalgia and excitement of classic favorites like Star Wars, Planet of the Apes and Tron, and re-familiarize yourself with newer titles The Avengers, Transformers and Avatar.
Although we only have one book to give away, you’re in luck. Syfy will be airing its 20th Anniversary Special on Monday, December 10th at 9/8c featuring many of the familiar faces, stories and sci-fi staples seen in this book.
Travel where no man has gone before with this decade-by-decade progression of science-fiction classics. From the classic, low-budget space exploration Flash Gordon tales of the Saturday matinee serials, to the slick CGI-realized world of The Matrix, science-fiction films have long been pushing the boundaries of the visually and dramatically fantastic—turning the known world on its head, playing with the laws of physics, and all the while holding their audience spellbound. The Science Fiction Universe . . . and Beyond offers a breadth of knowledge, insight, and passion to a century of close encounters, black holes, time travel, distant planets, impossible quests, nuclear war, futuristic technology, inexplicable forces, spaceships, extraordinary monsters, and subterranean societies.
Arranged chronologically, showing the progression of sci-fi over the decades, and delving into interesting back stories and trivia, this volume includes a variety of classic films and television shows, such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), The Twilight Zone (1959–1964), Doctor Who (1963–1989), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Star Wars, Episode IV—A New Hope (1977), Alien (1979), E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007), Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009), and many others.
About the Authors
Michael Mallory is an internationally recognized authority on twentieth-century popular culture. He is the author of Universe’s Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror, as well as Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe and X-Men: The Characters and Their Universe.
Thomas P. Vitale is Syfy’s Executive Vice President of Programming and Original Movies. He joined Syfy in its first year and has been part of the network’s growth from a fledgling start-up to the top ten cable network that it is today. Thomas is a lifelong fan of science fiction and related imagination-based genres.
“Science fiction is important. In fact, I believe that sci-fi could be the most important genre in all of literature, television, and film. Through science fiction, every aspect of the human condition can be explored, just like in any other genre. But science fiction has the added benefit of stimulating the intellect and imagination, while simultaneously providing visual, suspenseful, exciting, and moving entertainment. Over the years, science fiction has also become one of the most successful entertainment genres, with new movies, television series, and books sitting atop theatrical box office lists, Nielsen television ratings, and best-seller lists.” – Thomas P. Vitale, Syfy Executive Vice President, Programming & Original Movies
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