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Welcome. You have come in search of the unknown, the unexplained, the answers to the teeming mysteries of the universe. This Island Rod will now be steering the Film Preservation Blogathon through the furthest reaches of internet space in an attempt to find these answers, to forge new paths in the darkest parts of the creative and analytical mind, and protect the vulnerable and decaying history of your species. Enter the stasis tube, connect your life support apparatus, and place yourself in the hands of our experienced astro-navigators.

Please join me a gracious thank-you for Marilyn Ferdinand for handling blogathon duties for the first two days at Ferdy on Films, and to all of those who have participated so far.

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Blogathon Participants Roll

Friday 15th of May:

The canny David Cairns of Shadowplay leaps back into the fray with a double bill study of thrifty sci-fi, Curt Siodmak's The Magnetic Monster and Montgomery Tully's Battle Beneath the Earth, the latter of which I will admit to loving for most of the reasons David castigates it for...

...whilst Lee Price leaps back into the fray over at the redoubtable 21 Essays with the third in a series looking at Juran and Harryhausen's First Men in the Moon, with an interesting reflection on its influence on James Cameron and its engagement with troubling themes...

...Hannah Givens of Things Matter gives us a commentary on one of my favourite late-night chill-out horror flicks, Terence Fisher's Island of Terror...


...and J.D. Lafrance saves the universe by talking about Flash Gordon over at Radiator Heaven...


...from over at co-host blog Wonders in the Dark, a vintage post by the sufficiently efficient Allan Fish, looking at that ever-imposing Kanchenjunga of silent sci-fi, Fritz Lang's Metropolis...


...whilst John Hitchcock hitches up for his second post of the blogathon over at Hitchcock's World, this one an intriguing contemplation of the personal and political quandaries depicted in The Thing From Another World...


...a roar out from Aurora over at Once Upon a Screen, delving into another classic of silent scifi, Harry O. Hoyt's The Lost World, with some terrific photos of Willis O'Brien at work interpolated in the prose...


...that cartographer of creativity over at Krell Laboraties, Christianne, files the second part of her study of Robert A. Heinlein's work as adapted by Hollywood, looking at the well-known Starship Troopers and the not-so-well known The Puppet Masters...

...the dazzling delver of Dubai Hind Mezaina returns to the blogathon with a look at a fascinating subject -- classic Arab science fiction films, over at The Culturist...

...and the good folk at the US Intellectual History Blog continue their bravura contributions to the blogathon, with the habitual Ray Haberski turning an eye on movies that deal with dabblers in time, particularly A Sound of Thunder and The Butterfly Effect...

...whilst his fellow crewman Ben Alpers contributes an exploration of movie sci-fi in its political and historical dimensions, with some time out for contemplating those seemingly disparate and yet conceptually connected works, Zardoz and Star Wars...

...and the ballistic bounder Brooksie of Brooksie's Silent Film Collection looks into how early sci-fi filmmaking dealt with that most strange and alarming of new frontiers...the human mind!



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