Modern Sci-Fi Films FAQ review: A ‘stellar bit of intergalactic fun

Modern Sci-Fi Films FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About  Time Travel, Alien, Robot, and Out-of-this-World Movies Since 1970 by Tom DeMichael

There are few fans like those of science fiction. It’s a world that best explains human kinds curiosity of the world unknown and beyond – they are flims about humanity. That love and fascination is well-collected in Tom DeMichael’s new book Modern Sci-Fi Films FAQ.

DeMichael has such a playful vocabulary that evokes the love of a true-fan. The words are excited and an absolute pleasure to digest, even if there is a lot of content involved. While seemingly has a simple FAQ, the book looks deeper at a passion shared by all fans – a passion for the future and the dissection of mankind and our minds. These films take us places we’ve never been all while being enjoyable fun. That being said, the book still follows a easy-to-follow structure despite not being the straight-forward question and answer.

FAQ is filled with fascinating stories of the those who helped construct modern cinema. DeMichael is thorough with his inclusion, throwing in everything from Philip K Dick to , In fact, some of the most fascinating stories aren’t necessarily about the films but the writers themselves. There is a reason science fiction is so compelling, some writers make it as believable as possible due to their impressive scientific backgrounds. Writers like Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park) have multiple degrees that help put the ‘science’ in science fiction.

There is more to be shared than just ‘fun facts’ about movies. Is the information still fun? Sure is. But DeMichael helps paint a painting, if an introductory one, of modern sci fi. All the bits of background info like actors and synopses are given (just in case)  to fill in the mind for those who haven’t seen the film, which is very helpful considering the large amount of movies mentioned. There are a lot and divided into easy categories like time travel and space invaders. Included are brief insights to modern classics like Alien and Back to the Future, but attention is also given to more off-the-wall films like They Live. No hint of snobbery included.

This won’t be the book for the die-hard know-it-alls, but there’s always that chance of learning something new, and it’s quite an entertaining browse. FAQ is filled with nifty bits that surprise and entertain, and most of all – has the ability to perk interest in a universe well worth exploring.


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