American Science Fiction TV: Star Trek, Stargate, and Beyond
Blank, Trevor J., Cultural Analysis
American Science Fiction TV: Star Trek, Stargate, and Beyond. By Jan Johnson-Smith. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2005. Pp. 308, acknowledgments, introduction, notes, bibliography, index, illustrations.
Jan Johnson-Smith, a senior lecturer in film and television theory at Bournemouth University's media school in the United Kingdom, has provided a much-needed analysis of science fiction television through an examination of the narrative and visual patterns that the genre has produced. Science fiction television has spawned legions of fans and clearly occupies an important niche in American culture, and Johnson-Smith takes on the ambitious task of sorting through the multitudes of applicable media content in American Science Fiction TV: Star Trek, Stargate, and Beyond.
Johnson-Smith opens the book by introducing the science fiction genre to the reader and simultaneously acknowledging that defining the genre has been a contentious matter amongst "sf" fans. In fact, this very debate will likely determine many readers' sentiments about the book. Johnson-Smith is cautious to group shows …
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Publication information: Article title: American Science Fiction TV: Star Trek, Stargate, and Beyond. Contributors: Blank, Trevor J. - Author. Journal title: Cultural Analysis. Volume: 7. Publication date: Annual 2008. Page number: R28+. © 2007 Cultural Analysis. COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale Group.
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