Tron

Tron

Hardly a film is made today without the extensive use of computer generated imagery. The practice is so commonplace that most moviegoers take such wizardry for granted. Back in the late 70s, however, things were still done the old fashioned way, until a Hollywood animator named Steven Lisberger took notice of the skyrocketing video game industry and decided to bring these artificially concocted environments to the big screen. The result was the 1982 Disney Film, Tron. Continue reading...

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The Twilight Zone

Television took a turn towards the surreal in 1959, thanks to a new anthology series called The Twilight Zone. Delving into such areas as science fiction, drama, comedy, horror or political commentary - the only thing to be expected from each episode was the unexpected. Famous for last minute twists, the series success is due to the genius of its creator, writer and host, Rod Serling, who imagined some of the most engaging stories ever to hit the airwaves. Continue reading...

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Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Earthlings have a long-held affinity for the jolly bearded fellow in the red suit who hands out Christmas presents each year. Is it any wonder that other planets might be a little jealous that we haven’t shared St. Nick with the rest of the Cosmos? Well, that all changed in 1964, when Martians took matters into their own hands in the campy sci-fi classic, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Continue reading...

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The Day the Earth Stood Still

1951’s seminal The Day the Earth Stood Still had a major impact on atomic-era sci-fi and pop culture. A nuclear-age warning to the people of Earth, it was based on “Farewell to the Master,” the Harry Bates story concerning Klaatu, an alien who arrives on Earth with his robot Gort in a flying saucer from the far beyond. Continue reading...

Amazing Stories

Amazing Stories

Debuting in 1985, the Steven Spielberg-helmed Amazing Stories was a mix between The Twilight Zone and an adventurous Saturday matinee. The network showed their faith in the ambitious project by committing to an unprecedented two year, forty-four episode run. The result was a whimsical and creepy series of compelling stories unlike anything ever seen before on television. Continue reading...

Logan's Run

Logan’s Run

Based upon a popular 1967 science fiction novel written by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, as well as feature film that followed in 1976, Logan’s Run premiered as a weekly television series on CBS in 1977, starring Gregory Harrison (Trapper John M.D.) as Logan 5. And, although it's airwave presence was brief, fond memories persist for this futuristic series. Continue reading...

Space: 1999

Space: 1999

The British partnership of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson already had a track record of creating science fiction for television with such puppet-laden shows as Thunderbirds and Fireball XL5. This time around, they put away the marionettes and went with live actors to present Space: 1999, a series that focused on the lives of a group of unwilling space travelers. Three decades later (and well into the next century), the series still has a legion of loyal fans. Continue reading...

Real Genius

Real Genius

Geeks and nerds the world over had plenty of reason to rejoice over the 1985 film, Real Genius. For once, the brainy characters were the stars, rather than some misfit outcasts injected into a plot for mere comic relief. As a result, this endearing movie about a group of highly intelligent teens has remained a favorite, even a cult classic, ever since the film was originally released. Continue reading...