1. says

    I am so sick of star wars I am not going to watch any of it until I can get the DVD from netflix. The marketing carpet-bombing we’re being subjected to is ridiculous. It would have to be a better movie than anything (in which case it wouldn’t need it!) to justify this level of hype.

  2. Rob Grigjanis says

    Never mind this rubbish. Just finished watching SyFy channel’s adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End, which I read many years ago. Not terrible, and with a nice touch at the end. The one cultural artefact saved from destruction is Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending. Not a bad note to go out on.

  3. Mano Singham says

    Spoiler Alert about Childhood’s End!

    Rob Grigjanis,

    I had read this book a long time avon and the main scene that stuck in my mind was the one where the aliens finally reveal themselves to the people on Earth. It was a very moving scene as I recall and over time in my mind it became the end of the book. I re-read the book about five years ago and was astonished to find that the story went on for quite a bit after that and that the climax was a detailed description of a tsunami, of the kind that hit Sri Lanka about ten years ago. I had completely forgotten it.

  4. brucegee1962 says

    The only thing I remember about the book is the way that the aliens eliminated all of the world’s religions: by giving us a machine that would let us view into the past lives of all the religions’ founders. Once people got their hands on that, the only religion left standing was a kind of attenuated Buddhism. Did I get the right book?

  5. StevoR says

    @ ^ brucegee1962 : Nope. Childhood’s end didn’t really have time machines apart from the effects of relativistic effects of star travel. There was a religious & supernatural element I guess but it wasn’t looking at the histories of religious leaders. Great novel btw -- and the one you mention sounds interesting too.

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