Different visions of the future: visions of life and visions of death;
anticipations of next big problems; the eternal combat between good and evil; the fears of contemporary societies; the fear of the different; "the alien that is in us"; apocalyptic scenarios as a consequence of the artificial, the natural human; and dystopias, the negative utopias.
THE ORIGINAL TV SERIES, 1966-1969
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig. Created by Gene Roddenberry
THE BODY SNATCHERS
starring Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan, Carolyn Jones. Directed by Don Sigel, 1956
starring Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasence, Arthur O'Connell, William Redfield, Arthur Kennedy. Directed by Richard Fleischer, 1966.
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
starring Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood.
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1968
starring Donatas Banionis, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet, Vladislav Dvorzhetsky, Nikolai Grinko, Anatoly Solonitsyn. Directed by Andrej Arsen'evič Tarkovskij, 1972
TV SERIES, 1975-1977
starring Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Nick Tate, Zienia Merton, Barry Morse, Catherine Schell. Directed by Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson
starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness. Directed by George Lucas, 1977
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Majel Barrett, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Produced by Gene Roddenberry. Directed by Robert Wise, 1979
starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Joe Turkel, Daryl Hannah, Brion James, Joanna Cassidy, William Sanderson, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, James Hong, Morgan Paull. Soundtrack by Vangelis. Directed by Ridley Scott, 1982
Ridley Scott breaks down his favorite scene
from Blade Runner
RETURNS OF THE JEDI
starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams.
Directed by Richard Marquand, 1983
starring Francesca Annis, Leonardo Cimino, Brad Dourif, José Ferrer, Linda Hunt, Freddie Jones, Richard Jordan, Kyle MacLachlan,Virginia Madsen, Silvana Mangano, Everett McGill, Kenneth McMillan, Jack Nance, Siân Phillips, Jürgen Prochnow, Paul Smith, Patrick Stewart, Sting, Dean Stockwell, Max von Sydow, Alicia Roanne Witt, Sean Young. Directed by David Lynch, 1984
THE PHANTOM MENACE
starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid. Directed by George Lucas, 1999
FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN
starring Ming-Na Wen, Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Donald Sutherland, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi, Peri Gilpin. Directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, 2001
starring George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Davies, Viola Davis,Ulrich Tukurremake. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, 2002
THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Sam Spruell, Kris Wu, Alain Chabat, Mathieu Kassovitz, Herbie Hancock, Rutger Hauer. Directed by Luc Besson, 2017
starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson. Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, Charlotte Rampling. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, 2021
- Jules Verne: "Journey to the Center of the Earth" ("Voyage au centre de la Terre"),Pierre-Jules Hetzel, France, 1864.
- Jules Verne: "From the Earth to the Moon" ("De la Terre à la Lune"), Pierre-Jules Hetzel, France, 1865.
- Arthur C. Clark: "2001: A Space Odyssey", New American Library, 1968.
- Philip K. Dick: "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", Del Rey, 1996.
The inspiration for the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049. By 2021, the World War has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can’t afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacra: horses, birds, cats, sheep. They’ve even built humans. Immigrants to Mars receive androids so sophisticated they are indistinguishable from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans can wreak, the government bans them from Earth. Driven into hiding, unauthorized androids live among human beings, undetected. Rick Deckard, an officially sanctioned bounty hunter, is commissioned to find rogue androids and “retire” them. But when cornered, androids fight back - with lethal force.
- Frank Herbert: "Dune", Chilton Books; first edition in 1965; Penguin Classics, 2016.
Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for.... When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.
- Isaac Asimov: "Foundation", Gnome Press, 1951.
- Isaac Asimov: "Foundation and Empire", Gnome Press, 1952.
- Isaac Asimov: "Second Foundation", Gnome Press, 1953.
- Philip K. Dick: "The Minority Report and Other Classic Story", Time Warner, 2016.
- Héctor Germán Oesterheld and Francisco Solano López: "The Eternaut", Comic, Editorial Frontera, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1957-1959.
- Ricardo Barreiro and Juan Zanotto: "Bárbara", Skorpio Magazine, Argentina and Italy, 1979-1982.