Category Archives: science fiction

Terror in the Theater – Fifties Fears

Science fiction films of the 1950s commonly expressed several themes: fear of technology leading to unintended consequences; invasion of the planet by aliens; and the effects of atomic radiation. Because science fiction movies were not constrained by reality, more imaginative … Continue reading

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Star Trek at 50

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek. The original series aired its first episode, “The Man Trap” on September 8, 1966 on NBC. Fifty years, 79 episodes, five spin-off series, and thirteen movies later, Star Trek is an implacable … Continue reading

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Cat Women of the Moon: When Felines Attack!

I’ve been beginning blog posts recently by writing about this or that gem that I found in the Forrest J. Ackerman Collection. After watching enough movies and looking through the artifacts that are in the collection I’m starting to realize that … Continue reading

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The Wasp Woman: A Makeover Gone Murderous

One of my favorite “B” movies from the 1950s is a film called The Wasp Woman, released in 1959. The film is about a woman named Janice Starlin who is the CEO of a cosmetics company. As she is quickly … Continue reading

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Forbidden Planet: An Exceptional Specimen of ‘B Movie’ Ingenuity

I recently had the pleasure of watching Forbidden Planet, a science-fiction film directed by Fred M. Wilcox and released in 1956. A young Leslie Nielsen plays a space captain (Commander J.J. Adams) who is directed to a planet to hopefully … Continue reading

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From the Director: On Science Fiction

Each fall the University of Wyoming Art Museum generously provides one of its exhibit galleries to the American Heritage Center for a display focused on AHC collections and collection materials.  This fall, to more than usual local acclaim, co-curators Rick Ewig … Continue reading

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