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by Bill Warren McFarland and Co. * 1997 approx. 1310 pgs.
Wow! It looks to me like it will take half-a-lifetime to read through all of this one. Of course, I think the proper way is not to begin on the first film covered chronologically and hope you reach 1962 eventually; just attack each film you feel like reading about at the moment. Bill Warren takes each of the films he covers (Sci-Fi from 1950 through 1962), scrutinizes it, explains it, dissects it, details it and then gives the reader yet more information.
This was originally published in two volumes: vol.1 in 1982 covers the years 1950 through 1957; vol.2 in 1986 covers 1958 through 1962. This book (pictured above) was published in 1997 and simply combines the 2 volumes for a total of over 1300 pages! It's like 2 books bound together into one. Each has its own preface and appendix, for example.
I read my first entry, Creation of the Humanoids (1962), because I was curious what he thought of this one. It was an exhaustive piece, like all of them, I'm sure. Expensive, but recommended...
...keeping in mind that the 21st Edition was published recently (in 2009). See Below
You can get it on Amazon.com for about $80.00
The new cover is by Kerry Gammill. It's a solid 1000 pages or so -- hardcover... heavy. Slick paper.
Bill Warren pretty much rewrote the book, updating all the entries (he incorporated new info from Tom Weaver interviews, for example); the format is different - the films are all strictly in alphabetical order now (the previous versions divided the films by year). It still covers all sf films from 1950 through 1962.
There are a couple of color sections - mostly posters - but there are also a lot of new rare b&w stills.
It's a must for any fans of the Golden Age of sci-fi film - but ya gotta pony up the cash...
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