I consider author John Kenneth Muir a good friend, even if we haven’t (as yet) met in person. I hope that happens some day. So, when he answered one of those questions on his blog come Memorial Day, the type that always generates curiosity and reaction, especially among the fans of a particular film genre many hold dear, well I had to draw attention it.
“The science fiction genre is vast, and it features everything from visions of Dystopia (like ZPG ) to post-apocalyptic worlds (like Planet of the Apes), to adventures set on other worlds, like the Star Trek or Star Wars films.
I’m certain I’ve already forgotten at least one important or historically-necessary title, but if I had to compile a top ten list right now, it would likely look like…”
I won’t spoil it for you or him, but I do recommend reading his Top Ten Science-Fiction Films of All Time list. To whet your appetite, here would be his honorable mentions:
“Runner-ups, or perhaps substitutions, might include:
Blade Runner (1982)
Things to Come (1930)
Minority Report (2002)
On the Beach (1954)
Mad Max (1979)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
In case anyone is interest, I did my Top Ten in this category last year.