Non-Fiction Reviews

Replications: A Robotic History of the Science Fiction Film

(1995) J. P. Telotte, University of Illinois Press, US$13.95, pbk, pp222. ISBN 0 252 06466 6


As a nearly (but not quite) encyclopaedic tour of robots and cybernetics as represented in 100 years of cinema, Telotte has done the genre a service. Given that artificial sentient intelligence is optimistically only decades away, and notwithstanding the huge strides already made in real-life cybernetics, the subject matter is of great social relevance. Though Telotte's conclusions are disappointingly brief, with the selection of films predominately US and UK, his work is well-referenced and surely is an essential reference work for the fantastic film buff.

Jonathan Cowie

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