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Childhood’s End

I wasn’t a big fan of Arthur C. Clarke’s novel Childhood’s End (see my full  review here). Despite that, I was interested to see how SyFy’s TV miniseries adaptation would approach the story. I came away with the impression that this was more … Continue reading

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“Childhood’s End” by Arthur C. Clarke

I am reposting my review of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End before I watch the SyFy channel TV miniseries that aired last month. Childhood’s End is frustrating. This is one of Arthur C. Clarke’s most famous novels. The story has several great … Continue reading

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“Enemy Mine”

Enemy Mine had the potential to be a science fiction classic, but gets bogged down by Hollywood clichés. The script is based on a short story of the same name by Barry B. Longyear. Indeed, the first two-thirds of the film feel like … Continue reading

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“District 9” by Neill Blomkamp

Neil Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi film, Chappie, hits U.S. theaters on March 6. Here I review Blomkamp’s breakout hit, District 9. Next week, I will review Elysium, his 2013 followup. Most sci-fi movies about first contact with aliens generally depict humans as either the heroes or … Continue reading

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“2001: A Space Odyssey” by Arthur C. Clarke

Stanley Kubrick’s classic 2001: A Space Odyssey was not simply an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey novel. Kubrick and Clarke actually produced their works in tandem and meant for each to supplement the other. It was meant to … Continue reading

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