Giant monsters, flying saucers, and exotic landscapes previously seen only in dreams quickly set science fiction apart from other genres. Although rarely garnering the acclaim or awards of war dramas, epic period pieces or musicals, Sci-Fi utilized the art form in ways other movies could not. From costumes and make-up to puppetry and pyrotechnics, these productions advanced the technology of filmmaking and redefined the industry. Adaptations of classic adventures from H.G. Wells and Jules Verne as well as new far-out visions could be faithfully brought to life. Beyond the spectacle, Sci-Fi worked as an allegory, allowing artists to comment on real world problems (and very real fears) like nuclear testing, foreign invasion and government overreach. While the effects may seem dated, the messages of these films are timeless.