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Film Genres

This guide highlights library resources for some of the more popular film genres.

A quick definition for science fiction films (including Star Trek)

A genre characterized by stories involving conflicts between science and technology, human nature, and social organization in futuristic or fantastical worlds, created in cinema through distinctive iconographies, images, and sounds often produced by means of special effects technology. All the technologies of cinematic illusion are displayed at their most cutting-edge state in science-fiction films, and this has been true since the earliest years of cinema, when trick films like Une voyage dans la lune/A Trip to the Moon (Georges Méliès, France, 1902) used stop-frame animation and other effects to create what is in all probability cinema's first-ever portrayal of space travel: in topic, techniques, and iconography, Une voyage dans la lune was a prototype for the science-fiction cinema to come. The 1920s and 1930s saw portrayals of future and imagined worlds, many of them dystopic, in feature films such as Aelita/Aelita: Queen of Mars (Yakov Protazanov, USSR, 1924); Metropolis (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1927); and Things to Come (William Cameron Menzies, UK, 1936) while many post-World War II science-fiction films offered apocalyptic imaginings of alien invasion and nuclear holocaust.

Kuhn, A. and Westwell, G. (2012). "Science fiction." In A Dictionary of Film Studies. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 16 Jan. 2017

Finding library resources for Star Trek

To find Star Trek in the Library's collections, you can click on one of the subject headings below:

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book titles

Finding articles & journals

Articles and other writings about westerns can be found in many publications. You can use Film & Television Literature Index to find relevant articles about Star Trek.

A Selected list of science fiction

More Star Trek films.

Keeping up with the journal literature

Want an easy way to keep up with the journal literature for all facets of Film Studies? And you use a mobile device? You can install the BrowZine app and create a custom Bookshelf of your favorite journal titles. Then you will get the Table of Contents (ToCs) of your favorite journals automatically delivered to you when they become available. Once you have the ToC's you can download and read the articles you want.

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Don't own or use a mobile device? You can still use BrowZine! It's now available in a web version. You can get to it here. The web version works the same way as the app version. Find the journals you like, create a custom Bookshelf, get ToCs and read the articles you want.