Science Fiction Double Feature
The Science Fiction Film as Cult Text
Edited by J. P. Telotte and Gerald Duchovnay
Gerald Duchovnay is Professor of English and Film at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and the founding and general editor of Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities. His books include Film Voices (SUNY, 2004) and (co-edited with J. P. Telotte) Science Fiction Film, Television, and Adaptation: Across the Screens (Routledge, 2012).
J. P. Telotte is Professor of Film and Media at Georgia Tech. Author of more than 100 articles on film, television, and literature, and co-editor of Post Script, he has published numerous books on sf and the cult, among them: The Cult Film Experience (Texas, 1991), Replications: A Robotic History of the Science Fiction Film (Illinois 1995), The Science Fiction Film (Cambridge, 2001), The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader (Kentucky, 2008), and Science Fiction TV (Routledge, 2014).
I. Introduction: Science Fiction Double Feature (Telotte) II. The Multiple Texts of the SF/Cult Film 1. From “Multiverse” to “Abramsverse”: Blade Runner, Star Trek, Multiplicity, and the Authorizing of Cult/SF Worlds (Matt Hills) 2. The Coy Cult Text: The Man Who Wasn’t There as Noir SF (Mark Bould) 3. “It's Alive”: The Splattering of SF Films (Stacey Abbott) 4. Sean Connery Reconfigured: From Bond to Cult Science Fiction Figure (Gerald Duchovnay) 5.The Cult Film as Affective Technology: Anime and Oshii Mamoru’s Innocence (Sharalyn Orbaugh) III. SF Media and the Audience 6. Whedon, Browncoats, and the Big Damn Narrative: The Unified Meta-Myth of Firefly and Serenity (Rhonda Wilcox) 7. Iron Sky’s War Bonds: Cult SF Cinema and Crowdsourcing (Chuck Tryon) 8. Transnational Interactions: District 9, or Apaches in Johannesburg (Takayuki Tatsumi) 9. A Donut For Tom Paris: Identity and Belonging at European SF/Fantasy Conventions (Nicolle Lamerichs) IV. Occulting the Cult: The “Bad” SF Text 10. Robot Monster and the “Watchable . . . Terrible” Cult/SF Film (Telotte) 11. Science Fiction and the Cult of Ed Wood: Glen or Glenda?, Bride of the Monster, and Plan 9 from Outer Space (Rodney Hill) 12. Visual Pleasure, the Cult, and Paracinema (Sherryl Vint) 13. “Lack of Respect, Wrong Attitude, Failure to Obey Authority”: Dark Star and A Boy and His Dog as New Wave Cult SF (Rob Latham) 14. Capitalism, Camp, and Cult SF: Space Truckers as Satire (M. Keith Booker) 15. Bubba Ho-tep and the Seriously Silly Cult Film (Jeffrey Weinstock) Bibliography Filmography Index
Science Fiction, Double Feature is a thoroughly approachable text that would appeal most to anyone who is looking for greater insight into the often overlooked world of cult cinema and SF. The inclusion of twenty-first century examples along with earlier cinematic works makes for an intriguing mix that maintains interest from one chapter to the next, and will appeal to a broader reading audience than the usual academic essay collection.
British Society for Literature and Science
Coherent, well-organised and covers the field effectively. There is a decent balance of the obvious (Blade Runner) and the obscure (Ghost in the Shell 2). The pieces are written by evident fans and are pitched at a level undergraduates would appreciate, while offering enough novelty and rigour to add something to the field. I can imagine the book would find its way onto modules on SF as well as cult film and fan studies generally.
De Montfort University
Publication: July 27, 2015
Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies