Science-fiction movies aren't for everyone -- or at least it may seem that way if you happen to be a film fan who's never really considered yourself a fan of the genre. The truth is, though, that sci-fi is an extraordinarily rich and versatile genre, and there's something for everyone. If you're not already a fan but you've always wanted to get into the genre, we've got you covered.
Welcome to the Sci-Fi Primer for Newbies, a beginner's guide to sci-fi movies. Here you'll find a dozen different films that will serve as great entry points to various aspects of the genre. Just keep in mind that this is not necessarily a definitive list of the 12 best sci-fi movies ever (although some that would be on any best-of list worth its salt do appear here). Rather it is a mixture of films that are important to know about for a variety of reasons but that a sci-fi newbie might not have seen on his or her own.
Think of it this way: The Sci-Fi Primer is a list of cinematic talking points, of films that you'll want to be able to discuss should you ever suddenly find yourself at a sci-fi cocktail party. (Hey, they exist.)