Thursday, January 2, 2014

10 SciFi movies with scientists' seal of approval

I love SF movies, particularly the space operas, and the classic SF novels from the great ABC authors: Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke.  So I was delighted to see this article from Popular Mechanics listing, well, "The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies -- As Chosen by Scientists".  Here's number 10:


No. 10 The War of the Worlds (1953)


This cinematic update of the 1898 H.G. Wells novel about a violent Martian invasion was particularly jarring because of the timing of its debut—namely, when World War II weaponeering prowess and the threat of nuclear attack were very much part of the national consciousness. The idea that humans could be vastly overmatched in battle by aliens terrified viewers and set their imaginations spinning. "I was sick all night long," Seth Shostak, the senior astronomer with the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, says of his first viewing of the film. "That's the mark of a film that makes a difference."