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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 082): The Essential Science Fiction Films Every Fan Should See

In episode 82 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our irregulars: What are the essential Science Fiction Films every fan should see?

From Le Voyage dans la Lune, created by Georges Méliès in 1902, to this Summer’s Cowboys and Aliens, science fiction has been a staple of the film industry for over a century now. Which scifi films are you personal favorites, which have set the bar for every film that followed, and which should every scifi fan see at least once?

Bonus: Which are the worst, and why?

This week’s panel:

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Featuring original music by John Anealio.


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Patrick Hester is a writer, blogger, podcasting dude, Denver transplant and all around Functional Nerd. Don't hate him cuz he has a cool hat.

8 Comments on The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 082): The Essential Science Fiction Films Every Fan Should See

  1. awesome! I think that might be the first podcast I’ve ever listened to!!  hahah the original there is only one! =)

    Thanks guys – so glad I found this site!

    Pabkins @ <a href=””>Mission to Read</a>

  2. A most excellent podcast on SF films.

    I love SF films.  I have a large collection Get your hands off my DVDs, you darned dirty…

    (see what I did there? 😉

  3. I’d argue the Stargate movie is a good introduction for teens and up as far as SF movies go…

  4. Kathleen Grieve // October 4, 2011 at 11:01 am //

    Brilliant!!  We have a lot of the same things in common!

  5. I just finished listening to this podcast (the first one of SF Signal that I’ve listened to – I will be back for more) and I was very surprised that no one mentioned what I thought was one of the better films of last year, Never Let Me Go. An excellent film that would likely be enjoyed by non-SF fans as just a great movie.

  6. Joerg Grau // October 5, 2011 at 10:04 am //

    I really hope Carrie referred tot eh original “The Thing” and not the John Carpenter Horror flick!


    Many of the 50s B-movies are what I grew up on.  “Them”, “The day the earth stood still” and the like.  There is also a little known movie called “Phase 4” that was outstanding.


    The newer ones that were quite good are “Gattaca” and “Blade Runner”.  The Russian “Solaris” was outstanding.


    And I agree, “The fifth element” is so much fun I just have to love it.


    Also, seeing the Star Wars trillogies with my 9 year old has been a lot of fun.  It is great to experience them with him.


    And Tron, new or old was just TERRIBLE!!!!


    Matrix, while horrible in its own right, had ground breaking special effects and is noteworthy just for that.

  7. I saw Them! when I was very young, maybe 6 or 7, and it scared the pants off me. I watched it again recently for the first time in 35-40 years, and I was left wondering where the ending went. Did they lose a reel?

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