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By Jan Johnson-Smith

ISBN-10: 1860648827

ISBN-13: 9781860648823

From "The subsequent Generation" and "The X-Files", to "Farscape" and "Enterprise", sci-fi tv sequence within the US have improved because the Nineteen Eighties. Jan Johnson-Smith exhibits how, based on nationwide political upheavals, this bright and confusing style set approximately increasing the parable of the Western frontier into deep area. She seems on the "sense of wonder" or elegant that infuses a lot Frontier artwork and technology fiction, and lines a potential ancient precedent to the style within the exceptional and heroic trips of the Classical epic. She discusses narrative kinds and their impacts, from the overarching narrative of "Babylon 5" to the episodic formulation of "The Outer Limits", considers how experimental sequence reminiscent of "Twin Peaks" problem traditional buildings, and the way and why sci-fi tv has followed new applied sciences. She additionally explores the juxtaposition of arcane language and technological jargon in glossy American sci-fi tv, revealing the terribly alien, but interestingly conventional area it creates.

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One need only look at the immense success of the Indiana Jones films (1981–1989) to recognise the enduring potency of this combination. 85 Gilgamesh, The Iliad, Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight create plausible alternative realities, parallel universes of meta-mythologies into which we will happily transport ourselves at any time. Key words – locations, names – are used, and because they have no definitive meaning, they are easily accepted into new contexts – Atlantis, the Elysian Fields, Camelot.

Our seeing is a discursive act, and by extrapolation we imagine our future with our current ability, and an adorned or embellished vocabulary. We build on what we know, advancing as far as common sense and imagination dictate, but in mundane fiction our vocabulary and patterns of syntax limit us, whereas in sf neologisms can be employed. Unlike literature, visual sf also allows us to concretise futuristic visions, a ‘wormhole’ can be manifested for our benefit – thus, although both words and 33 A M E R I C A N S C I E N C E F I C T I O N T V images are abstractions, visual sf offers other potentials and faces different challenges to those confronting its literary counterpart.

In Babylon 5, both fantasy and scientific extrapolation are utilised. The Techno-mages in ‘The Geometry of Shadows’ are an intelligent reminder of this 28 S C I E N C E F I C T I O N juxtaposition. To the Techno-mages of 2259, the combination of technology and alchemy is a learned skill: to the uninitiated observer, their works are acts of magic. Here science and magic collide, and are revealed to have the same function, united by artistry. They are only confused or obscured through time and the limits of individual perception.

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