the golden age of science fiction

if you want to know more the Golden Age:

A History of Science Fiction: the Golden Age

A collection of popular magazines and publications

including Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon

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3 Responses to “the golden age of science fiction”

  1. Kirk Maijala Says:

    It is interesting to note how the dates of the “Golden Age of Science Fiction” are so close to those of the “Golden Age of Comic Books”. Both began in the late 1930’s (although this is widely debated for the comic book age) and extended until the late 1940’s/early 1950’s. It is interesting because the two media seemed to evolve separately from one another (Comics focusing on superhero adventures, Science Fiction exploring the pinnacle of human potential), until each left its respective renaissance, and the Silver Age of Comics came about. This is notable because the Silver Age of comics is defined by an increased interest within comic books of topics related to Science Fiction…it’s interesting to note how one genre defined by the medium of the comic book helped to shape the direction of another, potentially more influential, in its popular themes and content.

  2. although the two developed separately, they were always somehow connected. think about superheroes like superman for instance: do you see any link between him and the extraterrestrial character from “the day the earth stood still”?
    actually, I think that film played a major role in connecting the two. what a great opportunity for the exploration of some new special effects or some flashy costumes!!!

  3. Jenn Rickert Says:

    I really love the Golden Age of SF. Though a lot of the things that originated in that era are seen as “campy” or “overdone” today, the fascination with Space, and the unknown seemed so much more epic and grandeur than ours tends to be today. We tend to associate so much more with the negative side of SF, due to the growing cynicism in our contemporary society. While it has it’s place in the SF timeline (exploring the dark side, after exploring the light/possibility side), it’s almost refreshing to look back at these older films to see where everything we know today in SF came from and to see older visions of the future, today.

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