As McFarland have the cover ready for The Aliens are Here (originally titled Alien Visitors so you’ll find relevant blog posts under both tags) I’m guessing it’ll be out before the end of the year. So here’s a preview of what it’ll cover.
The introduction covers the general history of alien visitors in fiction, then film and TV. It also delves into “real” encounters with ETs because UFOlogy is deeply interwoven with fictional saucers. Movies adapt “true” stories (The UFO Incident, Fire in the Sky); UFO encounters borrow from film (sightings went up after Day the Earth Stood Still came out).
Subsequent chapters include an overview introducing the topic, then a detailed look at two or three movies:
Alien Invaders: The 1953 War of the Worlds, Spielberg’s remake and Independence Day.
Friendly Aliens: The 1951 Day the Earth Stood Still and V — because sometimes when they say they come in peace, they’re lying.Alien infiltrators: Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, both the 1956 and 1978 versions. It took some work to say something fresh and not just copy what I wrote in Screen Enemies of the American Way but I think I succeeded.Alien superheroes: Superman and Superman II.
UFO Abductions: Fire in the Sky and The Fourth Kind.
Alien Immigrants: Brother From Another Planet and Alien Nation.
Alien impregnation: Village of the Damned (both versions) and the 1964 Children of the Damned.
Ancient Astronauts: Quatermass and the Pit and Eternals.
Alien Monsters: The Thing From Another World, John Carpenter’s The Thing and The Andromeda Strain.
Alien Romance: Starman.
Aliens and Kids: E.T., The Whispers and The Faculty.
Alien Comedies: Tribulation 99, The Coneheads and Resident Alien.
Government cover-ups: The X-Files.
Genre Mashups: Predator, Predator 2 and Attack of the 50-Foot Woman.
I also include some shorter synopses of other films or TV shows in the same subgenre, and a list of added productions at the end of each chapter.
You’ll know more about its progress through editing when I do.
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