On This Day: Georges Méliès

On this day, 155 years ago, Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès was born in Paris, and future generations of SF fans were made happy. He was an illusionist and film director, and is renowned as a pioneer of the early days of cinema – particularly in the use of special effects such as time-lapse photography and multuiple exposure.

His films A Trip to the Moon (1902) and The Impossible Voyage (1904) are considered among the most important of film’s early forays into science fiction and left us with one of 20th century cinemas enduring images:

He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2015.