Science Fiction is probably the most popular box office genre in movie history and has given filmgoers some of their most memorable cinematic experiences. Outer Limits takes its readers on a tour of the sci-fi cinema universe in all its fantastical, celestial glory. The milestone films of sci-fi cinema from Metropolis to Avatar are discussed in this Filmgoers' Guide for anyone who enjoys a cinema that has pleased and amazed filmgoers since the dawn of cinema. Illustrated with fine examples of sci-fi film poster-art, Outer Limits goes deep into the most interesting and popular movies across sci-fi cinema's many forms, with core chapters used as launch pads to discuss lesser-known influential movies and follow-on sequels. Howard Hughes tells the stories from pre-production to box office returns of The War of the Worlds, Independence Day, Tarantula, Godzilla, The Time Machine, The Thing, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Forbidden Planet, Barbarella, Galaxy Quest, Minority Report, Planet of the Apes, Mad Max 2, Back to the Future, Alien, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Matrix, Star Trek, Apollo 13, Blade Runner and many more.
Howard Hughes is the writer-researcher of a dozen books, including CRIME WAVE, STAGECOACH TO TOMBSTONE, SPAGHETTI WESTERNS, MARIO BAVA: DESTINATION TERROR, WHEN EAGLES DARED, CINEMA ITALIANO, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE ITALIAN WEST and AIM FOR THE HEART: THE FILMS OF CLINT EASTWOOD. He is a regular columnist and reviewer for film magazine 'Cinema Retro' and contributed to THE JAMES BOND ARCHIVES, Taschen's official 50th anniversary celebration of 007.
His latest book, OUTER LIMITS: THE FILMGOERS' GUIDE TO THE GREAT SCIENCE-FICTION FILMS (I.B.Tauris) looks at 26 sci-fi classics, from 'Metropolis' to 'Avatar', via 'The War of the Worlds', 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers', '2001', 'The Thing', 'Alien', 'The Terminator', 'Star Wars', 'Galaxy Quest', 'Star Trek', 'Blade Runner' and many more.