At the Movies
The advent of motion pictures was a watershed moment in the history of science fiction, responsible for presenting the esoteric genre to a broader, more diverse audience. Filmmaker and illusionist Georges Méliès released what can be considered the very first sci-fi film entitled A Trip to the Moon in 1902. He was inspired by the work of Verne, Wells, and no doubt the lunar-centric works of the Enlightenment. Then, in 1927, Fritz Lang set the bar for narrative and special effects even higher with Metropolis: A cinematic masterpiece that would go on to influence many directors including one Mr. George Lucas!