THE INVASION HAS BEGUN!

INDEPENDENCE DAY ARRIVES TO LEAD THE ASSAULT OF SCIENCE-FICTION MOVIES, TV SHOWS AND BOOKS ON THE CULTURAL MAINSTREAM

Pick a house, any average American house, and chances are the folks inside will be fans of science fiction. This pretty house in Washington, for example. The family has just had the cable Sci-Fi Channel installed. Mom has been known to try to commune with a dead woman who once lived there. And Dad? He just saw the new alien-invasion epic Independence Day--at home. Dean Devlin, the co-writer and producer, watched Dad watch the film, and Devlin was impressed: "He was whipping off facts about history, talking about social and international issues. But when the movie started, he pulled out a...

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