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In This Decade

The author Greg Bear was born in 1951.

The author Charlaine Harris was born in 1951.

The author Robin Hobb was born in 1952.

The director Gabor Csupo was born in 1952.

The author Stephen Jones was born in 1953.

The author Ken MacLeod was born in 1954.

The director James Cameron was born in 1954.

The director David Twohy was born in 1955.

The director Roland Emmerich was born in 1955.

The author Jeff Noon was born in 1957.

The author Tad Williams was born in 1957.

The author Lynn Flewelling was born in 1958.

The director Chris Columbus was born in 1958.

The director Tim Burton was born in 1958.

The director Sam Raimi was born in 1959.

Unreviewed books

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The Fellowship Of The Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954)
A young hobbit sets out on a quest to destroy a cursed ring at the heart of an evil realm. The first book in The Lord of the Rings.

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The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954)
The fellowship was broken up. Whilst Sam and Frodo are left to fight the temptation of the ring, whilst others contend with the wizard Saruman. The second book in The Lord of the Rings.

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The Return Of The King by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954)
Frodo and Sam struggle towards Mordor with their heavy burden, whilst the forces of good and evil prepare for an epic battle. The third book in The Lord of the Rings.

Unreviewed films

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Plan 9 From Outer Space directed by Edward D. Wood Jr (1959)
Aliens try to take over the world by bringing the dead back to life.

Science Fiction and Fantasy from the 1950s

Film Reviews

Book Reviews

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Away And Beyond (1952) by A. E. van Vogt
4 star rating
Aliens, time travel and fantastic machines feature in this collection of short stories.

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Destination: Universe! (1953) by A. E. van Vogt
4 star rating
Ten short stories about space, aliens and the future from the Golden Age of science fiction.

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The Currents of Space (1955) by Isaac Asimov
4 star rating
A man with amnesia remembers that the planet is doomed. But will anyone believe him?

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Earth Is Room Enough (1957) by Isaac Asimov
5 star rating
A collection of short science fiction and fantasy stories.

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Eye In The Sky (1957) by Philip K. Dick
5 star rating
An industrial accident takes a scientist on a journey that teaches him more than he thought possible about the way other people see the world.

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A Canticle For Leibowitz (1959) by Walter M. Miller Jr.
4 star rating
After a nuclear catastrophe the world has turned its back on learning. Will civilisation rise again?

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The Sirens of Titan (1959) by Kurt Vonnegut
4 star rating
Kurt Vonnegut takes a blackly comic look at man's search for meaning in the universe.