Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder charts a course through the other worlds, future visions and altered states of sci-fi film and television, taking us from the magical invention of early cinema and onwards past the flying saucers, forbidden planets and Martian invaders of 1950s Cold War sci-fi and the adventures in space and time of Doctor Who.
We journey deep into the virtual realities of cyberspace and through the nightmarish visions of future dystopias, meeting advanced artificial intelligences, biological mutations and alien lifeforms, and on to the special-effects-laden, galaxy-spanning entertainments of today.
Through a range of lavishly illustrated new essays, Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder – A BFI Compendium shows how sci-fi is as much about ideas as spectacle, and how it expresses our sense of fear and wonder like no other genre.
With 160 pages of lavishly illustrated new essays written by many of the foremost authorities in the field, including Kim Newman, Stephen Baxter, Alastair Reynolds, Matthew Sweet, Helen Lewis, John Clute, Roger Luckhurst, Adam Roberts, Adam Rutherford and Simon Ings.
It is the essential companion to the BFI’s Days of Fear and Wonder season.
The lavishly illustrated BFI Compendium is the essential accompaniment to the BFI’s major Gothic project.
With contributions from writers including Sir Christopher Frayling, Guillermo del Toro, Anne Billson, Mark Kermode, Roger Luckhurst, Reece Shearsmith, Matthew Sweet, Marina Warner, Charlie Higson and Kim Newman.
An introduction to the long and illustrious history of Chinese cinema, from the earliest silent films through the glamour and invention of Shanghai’s golden age in the 1930s, from the restrictions of the Cultural Revolution to the grand renaissance of the Fifth Generation directors in the 1980s, and from the underground, independent spirit of the 1990s to the booming multiplex cinema of the present.
Contributors include Chris Berry, Michael Berry, Peggy Chiao, Tony Rayns, Bérénice Reynaud, Yingjin Zhang, and filmmakers Tsui Hark, Jia Zhangke, Ann Hui, Feng Xiaogang and Stanley Kwan.
The first BFI Compendium offers a complete portrait of the man the world came to know as the ‘Master of Suspense’, and a fuller understanding of just what we mean when we describe something as ‘Hitchcockian’.
Featuring essays by 39 of the world’s foremost authorities on Hitchcock, including Charles Barr, Patrick McGilligan, Laura Mulvey, Camille Paglia, David Thomson and Guillermo del Toro.