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Explore the rise of science fiction - the land of time machines, space travel, and lost worlds - and how we became so enraptured by the mystery, wonder, and thrill of a genre. Discover the historical inspiration, creative strategy, and the behind-the-scenes scoop of classics including Star Wars, ET, Jurassic Park and Avatar in an all-new special edition from LIFE, Science Fiction: 100 Years of Great Movies.
Included in this special edition is a detailed chronicle of the 20 most iconic movies that helped forge a new identity for a new genre. Through its evolution over the years - beginning in 1902 with George Méliès's Le Voyage dans la Lune to most recent years in films such as Avatar (2009) and The Martian (2015) - Science Fiction has not only endured a changing landscape thanks to the invention of new technology, but has grown a passionate and devoted following. In this celebration of the most iconic Science Fiction films, adventure through the geniuses of Ray Bradbury, H.G. Wells, Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, and George Lucas and delve into worlds of possibility and the future.