This book engages with some of the most pressing arguments shaping science fiction studies as we move deeper into an often-turbulent new millennium. Consisting of four distinct sections containing eleven original essays by some of the leading experts in SF studies, Reality Unbound grapples with a diffuse, yet interrelated cluster of topics. Moreover, it does so by essaying prominent themes from early cinematic iterations of the genre, through arthouse films of the 1960s, to Hollywood blockbusters of the present day. Charting SF cinema’s response to seismic historical events, as well as social and political trends, this collection tackles key SF concerns such as responses to governmental repression, the possibilities and wonder of outer space, the future of the human race and the double-edged ramifications of technological advancement. At times aiming to test the parameters of genre itself, Reality Unbound is furthermore concerned with issues such as SF’s relationship to architecture, the importance of sound in its conception, the role it can play as an audiovisual archive and its potential as a source of counterfactual history.The contributors: Marc Bonner, Delia González de Reufels, Rasmus Greiner, Karin Harrasser, Winfried Pauleit, Aidan Power, David Seed, Vivian Sobchack, Rüdiger Zill, Sherryl Vint, Brian Willems.