Rendezvous with Rama and Childhood’s End would make EPIC movies

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Childhood's EndScience fiction fans love to debate about which beloved SF books would make good movies… or which would make bad movies.  Among the books that fans usually seem to agree could not be made into good movies, two of my favorites inevitably come up, both by Arthur C. Clarke: Childhood’s End; and Rendezvous with Rama.  Whenever I hear this, I have to laugh.  Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was developed from a “one-gag” short story (a weird monolith found on the Moon sends a message to the stars), but look what Stanley Kubrick did with that.  And no, we don’t need another Kubrick to do justice with Rama and Childhood.  All we need is a bit of imagination.

So, without further ado, here are some notes on how both books could be turned into fantastic movies. Continue reading

Questions for the Cult of Prometheus

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David, the android (from Prometheus, 20th Century Fox)

David, the android (from Prometheus, 20th Century Fox)

Prometheus, the sort-of Alien prequel, opened in theatres a few weeks ago, and already it’s generating a lot of buzz… not for its production or acting, which were nothing short of excellent… but for the many questions the movie raises about the origins and history of life on Earth, the spread of life in the cosmos, and the morality of experimentation with life.  Many of these questions are left unanswered by the end of the movie, leading to the possibility that we could see these questions debated for years in the movie’s aftermath.  (Caution: Major spoilers follow.) Continue reading