In my history of science fiction we have reached what is known as the Golden Age of Science Fiction, and are looking at the films. Alien films increased in popularity, like Robert Wise's The Day the Earth Stood Still, and Howard Hawks' The Thing from Another World (both 1951).
Forbidden Planet (1956) was the first big-budget feature film
set entirely in space, and paved the way for the Star
Trek TV series in the sixties. It included the most famous robot, Robby. William Shatner, who played Captain James T Kirk in Star
Trek, says that science fiction “appeals to a mythological need in people.”
Forbidden Planet also had the first all-electronic music score.
Here are the plot summaries:
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Thing from Another World
[adapted from imdb and Wikimedia]
Ann Marie Thomas is the author of three medieval history books, a
surprisingly cheerful poetry collection about her 2010 stroke, and the science
fiction series Flight of the Kestrel. Book one, Intruders, is out now.
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