The Best Year of Science Fiction...EverS

Every now and again, there are nexuses in time that deliver unto us scifi goodness: literary classics, film masterpieces, TV wonderment. We've identified a bunch of such nexuses — and you get to crown the Best of the Best.

We're going to start with 1999. Why '99? Because it shook the foundations of genre cinema. It saw the release of the long-awaited Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, which did totally let us down, but created a frenzy of pre-release buzz that was unrivaled. Hell, people went to see the excremental Wing Commander simply because the Phantom Menace trailer was attached to it. And The Matrix was the surprise no one saw coming; the Wachowskis' virtual-reality mind-bender realigned Hollywood's perception of what both science fiction and action could achieve when spot-welded together.

The Best Year of Science Fiction...EverS

Brad Bird's sweet, superb Iron Giant gave '99 its metallic beating cartoon-heart, while Galaxy Quest found the soul within Star Trek and the fandom it spawned, and The Sixth Sense rekindled our love for the twist ending. Add to that Farscape, Roswell, Futurama, and Batman Beyond on television, and Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon and Orson Scott Card's Ender's Shadow in books...yeah, I think 1999 has proved its mettle.

Come back tomorrow for another would-be victorious candidate: 1912.