#41 – Blockbuster Films Part I: The Rise of CGI

#46 – Science Fiction Today A Reader's History of Science Fiction

In the final episode of Season 1, we explore the state of the science fiction genre in the present day. Book recommendation: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin Worlds Without End's list of sci-fi classics Worlds Without End's customizable list N. K. Jemisin on the Broken Earth trilogy Edit: corrected links. Other books discussed: The Lady Astronaut series by Mary Robinette Kowal The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
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In the 1980s and ’90s, blockbuster films became a staple of Hollywood and of science fiction, and their rise went hand in hand with the development of CGI technology. In this episode, we explore the ways CGI has contributed to sci-fi over the years.

Movie recommendation: Jurassic Park

Sheldon Hall on the origin of the term “blockbuster.”
Documentary on the making of Independence Day.

Other movies discussed:
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Independence Day
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About Alex R. Howe

I'm a full-time astrophysicist and a part-time science fiction writer.
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1 Response to #41 – Blockbuster Films Part I: The Rise of CGI

  1. HI, Alex. I’m enjoying your episodes. You do a great job. Do you have transcripts of your broadcasts? Sometimes I don’t have the time to listen to the entire audio file, but if I have text I can glance through it more quickly.

    I enjoy listening, though! You have a wonderful speaking voice.

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