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Last Exile
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Cynthia Ward · From fps #5 · November 1, 2005 | Recently, a fellow science fiction writer asked if I was going to the movie Serenity, sequel to the TV series Firefly, when it opened in theatres. I'd only seen the pilot, I answered, "I never really got into the show." How could I not like Firefly, asked the popular and multi-award-winning SF author, when it was the best SF show on TV? I answered her with a truth that I hadn't even realized until I spoke it: "I get my fix of good media SF from anime."

Last Exile
Studio Gonzo/Geneon Entertainment, 2003
Directed by Kouichi Chigira

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I never saw a good SF movie until 1977, when Star Wars hit the local two-screen cinema in Augusta, Maine. The next few years brought a few more good SF movies—Blade Runner, The Empire Strikes Back, Back to the Future—and many more bad SF movies and TV shows—Battlestar Galactica, Space: 1999, Return of the Jedi, Star Blazers... I was already a print SF fan, but the good SF movies gave me the jones for good media SF. And with good media SF so rare, I'd probably have become just another desperate junkie searching for a fix, if I hadn't moved to California and fallen into the parallel universe of the SF convention anime room.

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