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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.
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...