Scalzi’s book starts with a chapter entitled “The Origins: Science Fiction Literature” before delving into sci-fi films in their infancy (i.e. Le voyage dans la lune -1902) to films of the modern age (i.e. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – 2004) and everything in between. The book is not just a discussion on films but icons of the genre from director George Lucas and James Cameron to animator and writer Osamu Tezuka (creator of Astro Boy, among many others) and composer John Williams (Star Wars and E.T.). This book manages to cram a lot of info into its lean 325 pages
One of my favorite parts of the book comes towards the end when Scalzi spends many pages delving into the contributions of sci-fi from other countries all over the world which informed me of films I wasn’t familiar with. There is also a major section which includes sc-fi’s contribution to other mediums such as television, video games, magazines and websites.
The book is very easy to navigate as it is broken into easy to find chapters and there is even an expansive index for those just looking to know about a particular film. This is a book that every sci-fi fan should include in their library as it will always be an invaluable resource.