James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction Offers a Closer Look into AMC's New Original Series
The six-part original series, AMC Visionaries: James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction, executive produced by legendary director James Cameron, is a uniquely intimate insiders' look at the sci-fi genre.
Based on the show, James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction (Insight Editions / May 1, 2018 / $29.99) further explores the history and evolution of the Science fiction genre, with contributions from the filmmakers who have helped bring it to life.
For the show, James Cameron personally interviewed six of the biggest names in Science fiction filmmaking-Guillermo del Toro, George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ridley Scott, and Steven Spielberg-to get their perspectives on the importance and impact of the genre. This book reproduces the interviews in full as the greatest minds in the genre discuss key topics including alien life, time travel, outer space, dark futures, monsters, and intelligent machines. An in-depth interview with Cameron is also featured, plus essays by experts in the Science fiction field on the main themes covered in the show.
Illustrated with rare and previously unseen concept art from Cameron's personal archives, plus imagery from iconic sci-fi movies, TV shows, and books such as Aliens, The Terminator, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS of the Third Kind, and more, James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction offers a sweeping examination of a genre that continues to ask questions, push limits, and thrill audiences around the world.
Brooks Peck, a curator of the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle (MoPOP), Washington, wrote the afterword and an essay for the book. MoPOP has a strong focus on the Science fiction genre and features the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame exhibition. A percentage of sales from this book will support this non-profit museum.
AMC Visionaries: James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction, which premieres on April 30 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on AMC, is a year-round documentary series in which groundbreaking artists curate and author the untold stories and fascinating histories of their respective genres. In addition to the recently aired "AMC Visionaries: Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics," additional series falling under the "AMC Visionaries" banner include the upcoming "AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth's History of Horror" and "AMC Visionaries: Rap Yearbook" with Black Thought and Questlove of The Roots.
About the Contributors:
James Cameron is an acclaimed filmmaker and explorer. As a writer, director, and producer he is responsible for some of the most memorable films of the past three decades: The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, True Lies, Titanic, and Avatar. Most recently, Cameron led his eighth deep-ocean expedition to some of the deepest trenches in the world. On March 26, 2012, he set the world's solo deep-diving record of 35,787 feet in the Challenger Deep in a submersible of his own design. Cameron is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and recipient of National Geographic's most prestigious award, the Hubbard Medal, as well as the Explorers Club Medal for EXPLORER of the year. He is currently in production on Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Brooks Peck is a curator at the Museum of Pop Culture. There he has curated exhibitions on Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, among others. He also cowrote two creature features for the Syfy channel, Rage of the Yeti and Zombie Apocalypse. He lives in Seattle.
Randall Frakes has been an author and screenwriter for thirty-five years. Frakes wrote novelizations of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day and edited Titanic: James Cameron's Illustrated Screenplay. He lives in Los Angeles.
AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series with MAD MEN in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before BREAKING BAD won it in 2013 and 2014. The network's series THE WALKING DEAD is the highest-rated series in cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last five years. AMC's other current original drama series include Better Call Saul, Fear the Walking Dead, Into the Badlands, Humans, Preacher, THE SON and the forthcoming Dietland, The Terror, Lodge 49, and McMafia. AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like AMC Visionaries, Talking Dead, Talking With Chris Hardwick, COMIC BOOK MEN and Ride with Norman Reedus. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.