Yet there appears to be something else feeding this trend as well: the coming of the millennium. "We're going toward it like a boat toward the Niagara Falls," says Densham. "We're on a time stream, and we don't know what's on the other side. I think there's a tremendous curiosity now to try and get a vision of our future."
Michael Weldon, a genre-movie specialist and editor of the magazine Psychotronic, agrees. "Science fiction never went away," he says, "but this new interest in it I think has something to do with the end of the century coming up, and people wondering what's next for us."