American Science Fiction TV

American Science Fiction TV

Star Trek, Stargate, and Beyond

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Baker & Taylor
A full-length analysis of the popular phenomenon of American science fiction television argues that the genre has replaced the Western in the American cultural imagination; explores common themes in science fiction--including politics, ideology, ethnicity, gender, and militarism--and examines narrative patterns and visual styles as exemplified by key science fiction series. Original.

University Press of New England
From "The Next Generation" and "The X-Files" to "Farscape" and "Enterprise," science fiction television shows have millions of devoted fans. American Science Fiction TV is the first full-length study of this popular genre. Writing with the clarity of a scholar and the enthusiasm of a fan, Jan Johnson-Smith shows how science fiction television has displaced the Western in the American cultural imagination. As advances in special effects have made science fiction television technically feasible on a more lavish scale than ever before, visual style has become as important as narrative--sometimes even more important--in expressing the meaning of the genre. The main part of the book uses case studies of several key science fiction series, including "Space: Above and Beyond," "StarGate SG-1," and "Babylon 5," to exemplify particular narrative patterns and visual styles. The case studies explore themes such as politics, ideology, race and ethnicity, gender difference, militarism, and the use of science fiction narratives as allegories of present-day social and political concerns. American Science Fiction TV opens an important new area of genre studies and will be of interest to scholars and fans alike.
Science fiction TV and the American psyche.

Publisher: Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, 2005
ISBN: 9780819567383
Branch Call Number: 791.4561 JOHNS
Characteristics: vii, 308 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Notes: Revision of the author's thesis (doctorial--Bournemouth University, 2001) under the title: Between the Candle and the Star
Originally published: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris & Co., 2005


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