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25 May 2017 @ 06:28 am
When it changed  
40 years ago a film buff took all he could remember of Buck Rogers, Seven Samurai, World War II movies (both sides), and the Masterplots guide to The Hero with 1000 Faces, and made a movie with lotsa battles, unprecedented special effects, and magnificent scenery that the actors sometimes blocked our view of. That’s when sf became sci-fi.

ETA: It was also the year that Terry Brooks cut the interesting parts out of Lord of the Rings and created not only a bestseller but a template for the infinite replication of fantasy product. Anus mirabilis, or something.
 
 
 
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on May 25th, 2017 11:02 am (UTC)
I was going to mention your ETA, and further note that the inauguration of Extruded Fantasy Product that year consisted not only of the first Terry Brooks book, but also the first Stephen R. Donaldson trilogy, and the first Xanth book. All of them appeared the same year and from the same editor.
Tom Jacksonjacksontom on May 25th, 2017 01:07 pm (UTC)
The rise of SF and fantasy media also seems to have brought more women to SF conventions.

There's still plenty of interesting books to read, so I don't mind all the silly stuff.
El Coyote Gordo: unslashsupergee on May 25th, 2017 01:59 pm (UTC)
Star Trek had already done that, and I have repeatedly thanked them for it.
sturgeonslawyer: Defaultsturgeonslawyer on May 25th, 2017 02:57 pm (UTC)
Not so much [b]The Seven Samurai[/b] as [b]The Hidden Fortress[/b], but otherwise spot on. But sci-fi had been with us for some time; consider [b]Lost in Space[/b] as an earlier example, and there are plenty of moompichers...