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From “Multiverse” to “Abramsverse”: Blade Runner, Star Trek, Multiplicity, and the Authorizing of Cult/SF Worlds

Matt Hills

in Science Fiction Double Feature: The Science Fiction Film as Cult Text

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781781381830
eISBN:
9781781382363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381830.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Cult films inhabit four categories that are not mutually exclusive and may come into tension with one another. These categories depend on differing processes of cult development: world-based, ... More


Blade Runner's Moving Still

Elissa Marder

in The Mother in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Psychoanalysis, Photography, Deconstruction

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780823240555
eISBN:
9780823240593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240555.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the relationship between humans and androids in Ridley Scott's 1982 film Blade Runner by looking at how the film reflects on its own status as a film and the role that ... More


Time Stalkers

Ned Schantz

in Gossip, Letters, Phones: The Scandal of Female Networks in Film and Literature

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195335910
eISBN:
9780199868902
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335910.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, Women's Literature

This chapter identifies the isolating effects of stalkers on female figures, emphasizing the temporal isolation accomplished through the control of storage media such as tape recorders and answering ... More


Dystopian Narratives and Legal Imagination: Tales of Noir Cities and Dark Law

Shulamit Almog

in Law and the Utopian Imagination

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804790819
eISBN:
9780804791861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804790819.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter focuses on two cinematic narratives: Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville (1965) and Ridley Scot's Blade Runner (1982). Both films relate to dystopias generated by human decision-making, reveal ... More


Electric Ladyland: Blade Runner

Vincent LoBrutto

in Ridley Scott: A Biography

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780813177083
eISBN:
9780813177090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813177083.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In February 1980, Ridley Scott signed on to direct a film based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? During development of the project the film became Blade Runner, a highly ... More


Introduction: Reading (into) the Greatest Science Fiction Film Ever Made

Sean Redmond

in Constellations Blade Runner

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325093
eISBN:
9781800342200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325093.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on Ridley Scott's 1982 film Blade Runner that has become one of the most lauded science-fiction films ever made. It talks about academics who have written about Blade Runner in ... More


Audiences

Sean Redmond

in Blade Runner

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325093
eISBN:
9781800342200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325093.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter looks at how audiences, through their choice of screenings and their response to films, can transform production trends and the decisions made about which films are made at the planning ... More


Representation

Sean Redmond

in Blade Runner

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325093
eISBN:
9781800342200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325093.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter talks about representation, which is a concept given to the way things, objects, places, people come to have meaning in the social world. It mentions the clear and direct sense on the ... More


Conclusion: What Does it Mean to be Human?

Sean Redmond

in Blade Runner

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325093
eISBN:
9781800342200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325093.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter points out that the real story of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner is about what it means to be human in a world increasingly touched by technological invention and media intervention. It ... More


Genre

Sean Redmond

in Blade Runner

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325093
eISBN:
9781800342200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325093.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter reviews the terms of the themes, iconographies and mode of address of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner that made it fall within the science-fiction genre. It describes Blade Runner as a ... More


Narrative

Sean Redmond

in Blade Runner

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325093
eISBN:
9781800342200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325093.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the narrative of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner in terms of the way it functions, like the anti-narrative film found in a great deal of European art cinema. It discusses German ... More


Institutions and Authors

Sean Redmond

in Blade Runner

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325093
eISBN:
9781800342200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325093.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses Ridley Scott's Blade Runner as a textbook case of how the contemporary Hollywood studio system works or rather fails to work properly. It explores Blade Runner as a case study ... More


Continuing Visions

Linda Freedman

in William Blake and the Myth of America: From the Abolitionists to the Counterculture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198813279
eISBN:
9780191851261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198813279.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The questions that drove Blake’s American reception, from its earliest moments in the nineteenth century through to the explosion of Blakeanism in the mid-twentieth century, did not disappear. ... More


Daguerreotypes: Fugitive Subjects, Contemporary Objects

Lisa Saltzman

in Daguerreotypes: Fugitive Subjects, Contemporary Objects

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226242033
eISBN:
9780226242170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226242170.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Daguerreotypes begins by telling a different story about the history of photography, one that blends fact and fiction to weave a tale of imposters and automata, historians and detectives, images and ... More


The Gothic Punk Milieu in Popular Narrative Fictions

Nickianne Moody

in Gothic Science Fiction 1980–2010

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846317071
eISBN:
9781846319785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846317071.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter defines the Gothic punk milieu (GPM), and explores the aspects of science fiction in relation to the Gothic tradition. It discusses the ‘cultural stylings’ of the Gothic science fiction, ... More


Enslaved Minds: Artificial Intelligence, Slavery, and Revolt

Kanta Dihal

in AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking about Intelligent Machines

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780198846666
eISBN:
9780191881817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846666.003.0009
Subject:
Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

Humankind has long dreamed of a life of ease, but throughout history, those who achieved such a life have done so simply by delegating their labour to an exploited underclass. Machines have taken ... More


Blade Runner’s Humanism

Joshua Foa Dienstag

in Cinema Pessimism: A Political Theory of Representation and Reciprocity

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780190067717
eISBN:
9780190067755
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190067717.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Democratization

Blade Runner is concerned to humanize our social and political relationships, which are in danger of falling into the affective trap that Rousseau outlined in his Letter to D’Alembert. Rousseau ... More


Tail Again: Presence of Junk

Thierry Bardini

in Junkware

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816667505
eISBN:
9781452946580
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816667505.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter summarizes the meaning of the word “junk”, which is both described as an unknown part of DNA or the binding principle that holds the world together. Junk is the cement of cultural ... More


Android Empathy

Laurence A. Rickels

in I Think I Am: Philip K. Dick

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816666652
eISBN:
9781452946566
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816666652.003.0027
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores how the distinction between humans and androids, between empathy and psychopathy, traverses every human psyche. In the movie Blade Runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) busts an ... More


Blade Runner, or The Interworlds

Peter Szendy

in Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264803
eISBN:
9780823266845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264803.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter attempts to view the world after the end of Blade Runner (1982). It revisits the film again after its end, from the finitude that is counted down and in advance for us, as are the lives ... More


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