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Science fiction, more than any other film genre, allows cinema to exhibit its own distinctive matters of expression. Whether these be the state-of-the-art special effects techlogies of 2001: A Space Odyssey, or the symbolic imagery of ruined cityscapes in Blade Runner, they allow the spectator to experience the totality of the audiovisual thrill. While this remains in many ways the core defining feature of the genre, recent trends in the study of science-fiction cinema have seen a shift of focus away from the specifically cinematic towards the more broadly cultural. New techlogies of communication and vision, revolutionary developments in the delivery and reception of moving-image media, the increasing importance of the tion of space: all are forcing new and different ways of thinking about the genre. Alien Zone II presents some of the most exciting new voices in the current debates. A companion volume to Alien Zone, it continues to pursue the critical and theoretical issues opened up in the earlier book and energetically explores fresh territory with an eye which is both reflective and interventionist: visionary cities, psycho-cybernetics, Internet fandom, the convergence of science-fiction literature and science-fiction film, the body and its limits are just some of the subjects brought under its gaze. Contributors: Will Brooker, Scott Bukatman, Catherine Constable, David Desser, Barry Keith Grant, Brooks Landon, Linda Mizejewski, Vivian Sobchack, Claudia Springer, Janet Staiger, Garrett Stewart.
Annette Kuhn is Reader in Cultural Research at Lancaster University. She is the editor of Alien Zone: Cultural Theory and Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema, and the author of Family Secrets and Women's Picture: Feminism and Cinema, all from Verso.