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Science Fiction In Books :
I would love to say that I have read some of the Science Fiction Classics, but the would be a lie, when it comes to fictional book reading I have the attention-span of a goldfish, if the book doesn’t grab my attention by the first fifty pages, I find it too easy to put it down and forget about it, another dusty object on my book shelf.
I tried to read Asimov’s Foundation and Arthur C. Clarke’s ‘Rendezvous With Rama’, but unfortunately found both books dry and tedious, I hope that doesn’t make me a literary Philistine, but I avidly read Kurt Vonnegut Jnr’s ‘Slaughterhouse Five’ & ‘The Sirens Of Titan’ along with Douglas Adams’s ‘Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’, I enjoyed them so much so, that I began to wonder if my interest in Science Fiction was semi-serious !
I smiled with the ingenuity of such films as ‘Valerian’ & ‘The Fifth Element’ by Luc Besson, and certain science fiction series on television have caught my imagination such as ‘Farscape’ and ‘Westworld’, for dramatic appeal, but with this topic there’s much to discuss here, even the bad science fiction with the gem of a original idea, but falls between two stools in the writing and handling of the subject.
I will need the assistance of Wikipedia and critics points-of-view to help me in my research to find out why, – as a fan I can get mesmerised by an original science fiction idea or the clever retelling of a classic tale like Spielberg/Kurbrick’s reinvention of the Pinocchio story in ‘A.I.’ – (Artificial Intelligence).
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