The 1950s was a golden age for cinematic sci-fi, offering up dozens of films of varying degrees of interest, competence, and entertainment.
Some of it was schlock, knocked out by fast-buck con-men and opportunists, who inadvertently created iconic trash. Some of it was tedious, well-intentioned, and tiresome. Those are mostly forgotten. And some of it was inspirational, memorable, and for the True Fan, literally life-changing.
No-one could have known, back in the 1950s, that decades later these films would still be showing, written about, admired and respected, loved and laughed at, featured in magazines and books, released on home video, DVD, and streaming services, picked apart, studied and quoted, cracked a beer open to, and enthused over, while more serious and sensitive fare of the era gathered dust.
Flying Saucer Films of the 1950s features detailed coverage of such classic sci-fi films of the ‘50s as The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Thing from Another World, Invaders from Mars, It Came from Outer Space, This Island Earth, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, War of the Worlds, and I Married a Monster from Outer Space.
Also included in full detail are The Flying Saucer, The Man from Planet X, Plan Nine from Outer Space, Invasion of the Saucermen, The Mysterians, Battle in Outer Space, The Cosmic Man, and Teenagers from Outer Space.
The other three books in this series are Giant Bug Movies of the 1950s (Them, Tarantula, The Deadly Mantis, The Black Scorpion, The Fly, Earth vs. the Spider, etc.), Panic in the Streets: Sci-Fi Movie Mayhem in the 1950s (The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, It Came from Beneath the Sea, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Twenty Million Miles to Earth, The Giant Claw, The Blob, etc.), and Space Travel in 1950s Cinema (Destination: Moon, Rocketship X-M, Forbidden Planet, Flight to Mars, Conquest of Space, When Worlds Collide, Cat Women of the Moon, Queen of Outer Space, etc.), all available on Amazon.
Four fun-filled, fact-filled studies of sci-fi films of the Fifties begin here, with Flying Saucer Films of the 1950s… All four volumes combine to make up a detailed study of “Sci-Fi Before Star Wars”, the science-fiction boom of the 1950s.
Jon Abbott is the author of numerous books on 20th century film and television available on Amazon. He has written over four hundred articles and features for over two dozen different publications, trade, specialist, and populist, and is currently writing for Infinity magazine.