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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Chuck Messer » Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:46 am

I have the DVD of that adaptation of First Men in the Moon. There was a bit of a glut of Verne and Wells-based movies in the fifties and sixties. The treatment of both authors was a tad uneven.

Still, they got me to read those authors, both of which I enjoyed, even though Verne turned out to have been badly translated.

I was also motivated by the various Classics Illustrated versions of the Verne and Wells novels. I have fond memories of those books.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Steve Evil » Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:10 am

Got a soft spot for Disney's 20 000 Leagues Under the Sea. I first saw it when I was five, and am just as thrilled now by the squid battle. Wish I could figure out what chords Douglas was playing during the sing along. . .

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Chuck Messer » Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:10 pm

One of the books I received as a gift when I was a kid, was a Lost in Space novel, actually three novellas strung together as a narrative whole. The writing was infinitely superior to the show. My particular favorite was the one where Prof. Robinson and Dr. Smith take the pod down to a planet which turns out to be completely inhabited by robots. It seems they have a problem. The people who created them, the Voyd'azh, disappeared and the robots and the main AI can't remember what happened. The memory of the event has been hidden or erased.

Interesting little mystery, with Robinson and Smith getting on each other's nerves.

A little peek at what could have been if the show hadn't been produced by Irwin Allen.

I also remember being completely absorbed by Asimov's Foundation Trilogy during a summer trip.

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Postby Ezra Lb. » Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:26 pm

Yeah Chuck I remember that Lost in Space novel! The story I remember is the one where the Robinson family encounters the telepathic race who look like bears and live on the forest planet. The aliens are all set to help the Robinsons get home but as usual Dr Smith screws it up. It was written by a fairly well known SF writer at the time as a tie-in to the show. I had completely forgotten about the book until you reminded me. Remember the author by any chance?

I've always thought the Lost in Space concept could do for a make-over a la Battlestar Galactica. But instead of just one family you could do a group of families on a larger space station. Maybe Major Don West goes for Penny this time. :shock:
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Postby Chuck Messer » Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:43 pm

I still have my copy! It's a bit ragged, but quite serviceable. It was a Pyramid book co-authored by Dave Van Arnam and Ron Archer, published in 1967. The story you remember is actually a short story mid-way through the book. Ambiel of the Ambroline was the alien they encounter.

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Postby Samuel John Klein » Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:19 pm

Chuck Messer wrote:I also remember being completely absorbed by Asimov's Foundation Trilogy during a summer trip.
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When I was but a little guy, I was completely engrossed by John Christopher's Masters ("Tripods") trilogy. Some years ago, when I found the three original novels with the cover art I first saw them in in paperback, you bet I'd of bought them.

I'd love to say I was the kind of kid who tackled the Foundation Trilogy, but I wasn't. I wasn't that deep. Not yet, anyway.

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Postby Samuel John Klein » Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:24 pm

Ezra Lb. wrote:I've always thought the Lost in Space concept could do for a make-over a la Battlestar Galactica. But instead of just one family you could do a group of families on a larger space station. Maybe Major Don West goes for Penny this time.


When I think of how much I enjoyed Lost In Space when I was a kid and how awful it seems to me now, I get rather embarrassed actually. I do recall liking the special effects and the design of the Jupiter 2 and the way there was this kind of "patina" on the show that gave it away as another Irwin Allen assembly-line product, obvious from watching it no more than thirty seconds - the realilzation that all the technology on the show that was produced by the same hands that gave us Voyage To See What's On The Bottom and Land Of The Gnats, just to look at it. For some reason, that visual response drew me in every single time.

I think it stunted my literary growth actually … something I'm trying to make up for now.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby paul » Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:39 pm

Steve Evil wrote:Now that's an interesting question. What was your first real SF?


Wow. I've been going over it in my brain for half an hour now, and that's tough. I've been reading since I can remember, and it's difficult to separate the what from the when at such a young age.
I assume we mean Speculative Fiction as well, not just core Science Fiction? My god, all the things I've read- does it give you a wistful sense, to go back to your memories of childhood reading? What books you wanted to read (or be read to you) over and over again? Sorry, I digress.
I'm sure it's not my very first, but I have a very strong memory of reading The Halloween Tree and Flowers for Algernon when I was nine? Ten? Fourth or fifth grade or so. Before middle school at any rate. I remember them being in the library, along with such greats as My Darling, My Hamburger and Pardon Me, You're Stepping On My Eyeball by Paul Zindel.

Of course, I was reading Douglas Adams HHGTG as they were coming out, waiting with baited breath for the next ones.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Ezra Lb. » Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:24 am

Sam wrote

When I think of how much I enjoyed Lost In Space when I was a kid and how awful it seems to me now, I get rather embarrassed actually.

The oak should not be ashamed to have been an acorn. What is dicey are all the fanboys who still pine for the glories of Dr Smith and Will and the Robot.

The initlal run of Lost in Space were the years my brain turned on. I can remember when it started, thinking it was the coolest thing ever and by the time it ended (which seemed ages but was only three years) I thought it was stooooooopid. Of course by then Star Trek had bucked everything up a notch. And in the summer of '68, the Prisoner!

Since this is the reading thread does anybody but me remember the Gold Key comic book, SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON? This actually began its run before the TV show and really had nothing to do with it other than they both were based on the classic Swiss Family Robinson. Dark Horse is going to begin reprinting volumes of the series this fall. I must say I'll be curious enough to go back and revisit them. Ezra doesn't have much of the nostalgia gene but a little bit now and then.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby paul » Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:31 am

I remember Brian Daley's Han Solo series. Han Solo's Revenge, Han Solo At Stars End. They don't call it juvenilia for nothing.

Ezra Lb. wrote:The oak should not be ashamed to have been an acorn.


That is pure effing poetry, man. As William S. Burroughs said, "That's good enough to steal." :lol:
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Samuel John Klein » Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:22 am

paul wrote:I remember Brian Daley's Han Solo series. Han Solo's Revenge, Han Solo At Stars End. They don't call it juvenilia for nothing.

Ezra Lb. wrote:The oak should not be ashamed to have been an acorn.


That is pure effing poetry, man. As William S. Burroughs said, "That's good enough to steal." :lol:


Completely agree. I still regret that I was not born fully form'd, but I've made a sort of peace with it.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby FrankChurch » Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:14 pm

One point I really disagree with when dealing with Susan Jacoby is her contention that classical music is superior to rock because it is more complex. She compares the ignorance of that cultural argument to believing in Religion. Highly unfair and snobby.

Culture is about how it makes you feel. Being cultured is having an all over sense of the void. Like it all, people!

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Steve Evil » Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:04 pm

I never got to read Gold Key comics, but think they would have been right up my alley: every cover seemed to have a monster on it!

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby FrankChurch » Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:13 pm

These were real comic books--they will make you sick, they will make you laugh, they will blow your mind:

Our wonderful racism during the good war:

http://www.ep.tc/howtospotajap/

Will my child be a cripple?:

http://www.ep.tc/childrenshospital/07.html

Strip mining is fun:

http://www.ep.tc/problems/41/

The FBI and Archie team up to stop drug use:

http://www.ep.tc/problems/eight/11.html

The Grenada/CIA comic book:

http://www.ep.tc/grenada/

Oh, no, oh, noooo, America under socialism:

http://www.ep.tc/problems/35/03.html

The site is full of fun.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Postby Steve Evil » Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:23 am

I am reminded of Lester Del Rey's Badge of Honour in which socialized medicine was the sole cause of his distopia.


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