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Liquid Sky

Film (1982). Z Films. Directed by Slava Tsukerman. Written by Tsukerman, Carlisle, Nina V Kerova. Cast includes Anne Carlisle, Susan Doukas, Paula E Sheppard and Otto von Wernherr. 112 minutes. Colour.

Aliens who have landed their tiny flying saucer on the roof of a Manhattan penthouse (see New York) observe the lives of strange young people: fashionable, Drug-using, white-faced Punk/New Wavers. The aliens are attracted to chemicals released when humans use heroin ("liquid sky") and/or achieve orgasm, killing the humans or causing them to disappear at the moment of endorphin saturation. When looking through alien eyes we see this in psychedelic patterns. This elegant, sometimes funny, sometimes obscene art film, something of an anthropological documentary about an alienated, self-brutalized human subculture, was made by a group of Russian emigrés in New York – effectively aliens themselves – and features a German (that is, alien) alien-hunter.

The novelization is Liquid Sky (1987) by Anne Carlisle. [PN]

see also: Sex.


Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
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