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The Science Fiction genre has been through a lot over the past few decades. Back in the 70s and 80s, Sci-Fi was king, with films like Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Blade Runner, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and more re-defining the genre and garnering both mainstream and critical acclaim – all three of those films mentioned received Oscar Nominations for Best Picture, something as good as unfathomable for Science Fiction films today.

But after the rapid rise of the Blockbuster, the Studios began to dumb down material to the lowest common denominator, and the age of intelligent Sci-Fi and Space Opera was all but over, save for the occasional anomaly such as The Matrix, Contact, Gattaca, Minority Report, and a handful of others. Over the past ten or so years, Science Fiction films were mostly lowbrow affairs or Comic Book movies.

Recently, though, there has been something of a renaissance for smart, »

- Oren Soffer

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