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    Twenty All Time Great Science Fiction Films

    Hi Jim: At one time either I or Ken had copies of the films. Remember that in the early 80's there was no internet or CDs. What we had was VCRs and not many of the films were even on tape. We had to keep a close eye out for when these films were showing on TV and record them when we could. I got rid of most of my videotapes a few years ago and some of the movies went with them. At this point, having watched them so many times, I could probably recite most of the dialog from them. Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Donovan's Brain and several others sometimes show up on TCM. Thanks again for your interest. I will continue to look for further comments here. Best Wishes.
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    Twenty All Time Great Science Fiction Films

    I am one of the authors of Twenty All-Time Great Science Fiction films. I just happened to come across this discussion and since the comments are relatively recent, I thought I would reply to clarify some things. "There are no Star Wars movies mentioned." At the time we wrote TATGSF, everyone was writing about Star Wars. We felt there was nothing new we could contribute to that discussion so we deliberately left it out. "It leaves out a lot of important films." As Detective Jim McLeod points out, the goal of the book was to look at 20 films we liked and do an exhaustive examination of each of them, so of course many important SF films are left out. If circumstances had been different, we would have produced Twenty MORE All-Time Great Science Fiction Films, and so on, but it was not to be. The Man in the White Suit, don't really belong, although technically it's a Sci-fi movie if one wants to be pedantic. I wouldn't have included either The Magnetic Monster or The Mind of Mr. Soames. Again, our choices were very personal. The Man in the White Suit deals with a classic SF theme and demonstrates that science fiction is often satirical and deals with the impact of technology. You might compare it to the well-known SF author Robert A. Heinlein's short story, "Let There Be Light." The more obscure films in the book, like Magnetic Monster and The Mind of Mr. Soames, were my choices. Both of these films, like The Man in the White Suit deal with the impact of technology on people and society. If real science fiction is about anything, that's it. I'd like to thank Det Jim, who actually bought the book. 😀 If anyone is interested in it, you can still find it online for a variety of prices. Amazon has it for anywhere between $5.98 to $817.99 for an autographed copy. If you do buy it, Ken Von Gunden and I won't see a penny from it at this point, so I'm not here selling anything. 🤪 If anyone would like to comment further or wants more clarification, I would be glad to respond on this forum. Best wishes.

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