Thursday, May 26, 2005

Star Wars

We saw Star Wars III tonight and it raised as many questions as it answered.

First question: Who sleeps in pearl sleeves? Doesn't that lead to Denty Arms?

Second question: Why in an era of antigravity motorcycles would anyone ride a giant lizard?

Third question: Is there no Sith Dental Association? Apparently not.

I've been a fan of science fiction since I was a kid. When the bookmobile would come to our school I'd sneak into the adult section and pick out the science fiction books. The librarian eventually learned my tastes and would have a stack of sci-fi books waiting for me. I read all the space operas, voyages to Mars, aliens in Mayan ruins and trips to the Moon.

Here's a not-in-any-order list of my favorites:

Clifford Simak - especially Way Station. He wrote a lot about friendly aliens, idiot savants and cultural exchanges.
Frank Herbert - Dune
William Tenn - time travel and time travel paradoxes
John Wyndham - Chocky, Day of the Triffids, Midwich Cuckoos

Two films stand out from my childhood:

Forbidden Planet
The Day the Earth Stood Still

Gort! Klaatu barata niktu!

That hardly compares to Denty Arms.

1 comment:

kilowatthour said...

I could talk about sci-fi all day. Don't get me started. But what got me started in the first place was probably the Tripods trilogy by John Christopher, which I read about 20 years ago. And there has been an unbroken chain of sci-fi goodness ever since.

But seriously-- pearl sleeves? Who was the creative genius behind that one?