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“As a cinematic genre, science-fiction has a longer shelf life than most,” says director/producer Sir Ridley Scott. The mastermind behind such classics as “Alien” (1979), “Blade Runner” (1982) and this year’s “Prometheus” is referring to how aspects of a sci-fi film can morph from fiction into fact with time. He offers up the privatization of NASA as an example.

“Many films set in outer space have referred to corporations as villains,” the 74-year-old says. “As moneymaking concerns become involved in space exploration and exploitation, there will be inevitable lapses in ethical practices.”

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