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A collection of essays, bringing science fiction cinema into the ambit of film and cultural theory.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Annette Kuhn
Publisher: Verso
Release: 1990
File: 231 Pages
ISBN-13: 0860919935

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Genre: Aliens
Author: Christopher Stitt
Publisher: Blake Education
Release: 2003
File: 32 Pages
ISBN-13: 1865092363

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Transportation of species to areas outside their native ranges has been a feature of human culture for millennia. During this time such activities have largely been viewed as beneficial or inconsequential. However, it has become increasingly clear that human-caused introductions of alien biota are an ecological disruption whose consequences rival those of better-known insults like chemical pollution, habitat loss, and climate change. Indeed, the irreversible nature of most alien-species int- ductions makes them less prone to correction than many other ecological problems. Current reshuffling of species ranges is so great that the present era has been referred to by some as the “Homogocene” in an effort to reflect the unique mag- tude of the changes being made. These alien interlopers often cause considerable ecological and economic d- age where introduced. Species extinctions, food-web disruptions, community alte- tions, ecosystem conversion, changes in nutrient cycling, fisheries collapse, watershed degradation, agricultural loss, building damage, and disease epidemics are among the destructive – and frequently unpredictable – ecological and economic effects that invasive alien species can inflict. The magnitude of these damages c- tinues to grow, with virtually all environments heavily used by humans now do- nated by alien species and many “natural” areas becoming increasingly prone to alien invasion as well. Attention to this problem has increased in the past decade or so, and efforts to prevent or limit further harm are gaining wider scientific and political acceptance.

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Genre: Nature
Author: Fred Kraus
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release: 2008-12-19
File: 563 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781402089466

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From the third international workshop on the subject (U. of Florence, 1997), come 18 papers reviewing the issue of alien crayfish decimating the relatively few native species in European freshwater environments. In a historical and taxonomic context, the initial paper explains why such homogenizatio

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Genre: Science
Author: Francesca Gherardi
Publisher: CRC Press
Release: 1999-06-01
File: 310 Pages
ISBN-13: 9054104694

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Biological invasions by alien (non-native) species are widely recognized as a significant component of human-caused global environmental change and the second most important cause of biodiversity decline. Alien species threaten many European ecosystems and have serious environmental, economic and health impacts. The DAISIE (Delivering Alien Invasive Species Inventories for Europe) project has now brought together all available information on alien species in Europe (terrestrial, aquatic and marine) and from all taxa (fungi, plants, animals). Thus for the first time, an overview and assessment of biological invasions in the Pan-European region is finally possible. The Handbook of Alien Species in Europe summarises the major findings of this groundbreaking research and addresses the invasion trends, pathways, and both economic as well as ecological impact for eight major taxonomic groups. Approximately 11.000 alien species recorded in Europe are listed, and fact sheets for 100 of the most invasive alien species are included, each with a distribution map and colour illustration. The book is complemented by a regularly updated internet database providing free additional information. With its highly interdisciplinary approach, DAISIE and its Handbook will be the basis for future scientific investigations as well as management and control of alien invasive species in Europe.

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Genre: Science
Author: Delivering Alien Invasive Species
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release: 2008-11-14
File: 399 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781402082801

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In his latest book, self proclaimed expert on everything, Jim Griffin shares his vast knowledge on the subject of dealing with unique circumstances. Do you know what you can do to increase your chances of making it through an alien abduction? Did you ever wonder what you should do if you meet a ghost, a vampire, or Bigfoot? Do you know what to do if sharks infest your swimming pool? Well Jim does, and in this book he will help guide you through these difficult situations, and many more. This book takes a satirical and informative look at a genre that might seem more suited for late night talk radio, than a best selling book. Nevertheless, this book is destined to become one of the all-time greatest bathroom reads. Although it may not help to cure your constipation, it will certainly help you to pass the time. In addition to being the great tome of knowledge that it is, this book is also perfectly sized to prop up your computer monitor, level off your coffee table, or even squish spiders. But if you decide to actually read this book, you may find that you were not alone in thinking that someone should have come up with these ideas long ago. Jim Griffin was born in Westfield, Massachusetts in 1967, but he grew up in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from Franklin High School in 1985, he spent the next four years serving in the United States Marine Corps, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal. After more than fifteen years in the oil industry, he went back to school and earned a degree in management. Jim currently resides in rural Columbia County, a distant suburb of Portland, Oregon.

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Genre: Humor
Author: Jim Griffin
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Release: 2008-12
File: 232 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781598587777

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Science fiction cinema is too often left at the margins of serious critical film study. While a handful of films are the subject of general theoretical works, the genre as a whole, and especially its cinematic aspects, are neglected in favor of straightforward considerations of character and narrative. Alien Zone 2 redresses this imbalance by looking at the ways in which contemporary science fiction cinema transforms the themes and conventions of the genre itself. In many ways a companion volume to Alien Zone, it pursues theoretical issues opened up in the earlier book but also explores fresh territory with an eye that is both reflective and interventionist. Visionary cities, psycho-cybernetics, internet fandom, the convergence of science fiction literature and science fiction film, and bodybuilder stardom are all brought under its gaze. Contributors: Will Brooker, Scott Bukatman, Catherine Constable, David Desser, Barry Keith Grant, Brooks Landon, Linda Mizejewski, Vivian Sobchack, Claudia Springer, Janet Staiger, Garrett Stewart.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Annette Kuhn
Publisher: Verso
Release: 1999
File: 308 Pages
ISBN-13: 1859842593

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This text examines the construction of sex and gender in the four science-fiction films comprising the Alien saga (starring Sigourney Weaver). It will be useful to researchers and teachers in film, mass communication, women's studies, gender studies and genre studies.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Ximena Gallardo C.
Publisher: A&C Black
Release: 2004-05-21
File: 241 Pages
ISBN-13: 0826415709

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"The book then examines the concept of posthumanism in an age in which the lines between what is human and what is non-human are increasingly blurred by advances in science and technology, for example cloning and genetic engineering, and the development of AI and cyborgs. This leads to the question of whether or not our current embracing of all things 'alien' - in the form of extraterrestrial gadgets or abduction narratives, for instance - stems from a desire to reaffirm ourselves as 'human' at a moment of radical uncertainty."--BOOK JACKET.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: Neil Badmington
Publisher: Psychology Press
Release: 2004
File: 203 Pages
ISBN-13: 0415310237

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This intriguing collection of essays presents reflections upon the birth, proliferation, enduring appeal, and future of UFO mythology. Highly respected authors and researchers, representing the varied and sometimes competing perspectives of ufology and the sociology of religion, provide a fascinating and instructive voyage into the exotic social worlds of UFOs, abductees, and contactees. Reports of aliens and the changing nature of abduction experience, especially in the sexual dimension are explored in relation to literature, culture, and ideology. The influence of abduction therapy and support groups is considered, as are new religious movements (NRMs) within the UFO community. The book offers rich insights into psychology, human behavior, and religion, melding issues of race, politics, and gender. Finally, it evaluates the existing dynamic of UFOS in the age of the Information Super Highway and ever-increasing globalization. Alien Worlds will enlighten anyone wanting to understand what and how the academic world thinks about UFOs, UFO groups, and UFO phenomena.

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Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Author: Diana Tumminia
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Release: 2007-05-17
File: 408 Pages
ISBN-13: 0815608586

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