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Asimov’s foundation.

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Frizzy, Sep 25, 2021.

  1. alanbeeb

    alanbeeb pfm Member

    Just a bit.... the Lensman books have a strong whiff of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon about them. Gel-O monster aliens, women in skin tight space suits constantly having to be rescued by square-jawed Conway Costigan.... and a fair bit of Eugenics too.
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  2. Darren

    Darren All Business

    Actually..... When you put it like that..... Somethings never age..... Gray Lensman was my favourite.... Worth reading again.... If you've got enough jets for it.
  3. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    Reviews I've seen so far have positively gushed. I've seen comments like "...the ideal combination of art house and Hollywood blockbuster..."

    I remain skeptical, but we'll see.
  4. Frizzy

    Frizzy Liberal anarchist

    Re Asimov, personally think his style very dry, doesn’t do emotional stuff too well but he was a ideas guy, at his best on short stories.
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  5. MarkW

    MarkW Full Speed & Pagan

    I'd agree largely with that. As the man himself would admit, he wrote a lot of books on the basis some at least would be good. I never clicked with the Foundation books, found them rather dull. The robot stuff was better and, as a standalone novel, The Gods Themselves stands above almost all his other fiction and well worth a read. Still stylistically dry though.
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  6. garyi

    garyi leave blank

    The new dune is a two parter which is a tadge annoying
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  7. Wolfmancatsup

    Wolfmancatsup Empire State Human

    I agree, and that’s how I found Arthur C. Clarke’s work to be too.


    PS Cool profile pic!
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  8. Frizzy

    Frizzy Liberal anarchist

    I was obsessed with Stan Laurel as a child, used to glue myself to tv in early seventies when Saturday morning was showing early films, Harold Lloyd , buster keaton etc.
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  9. alanbeeb

    alanbeeb pfm Member

    Speaking of Clarke, did anyone see the TV adaptation of "Childhood's End". It's rental on Amazon prime so not sure I want to pay for it!

    I read the book when I was a teen,.found it quite interesting then. Not sure what I'd think now.
  10. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    I would like to see Rendezvous with Rama made into a film, a much better fit into cimema
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  11. Frizzy

    Frizzy Liberal anarchist

    We may get lucky, Asimovs ideas plus a talented script writer and apples unlimited pockets.
    Maybe someone will have a pop at Julian May or Steven Donaldson, loved white gold wielder series.
    Recent years I’ve found South Korea and Japan make the most interesting s\f and horror, and at best manga is soooo cool, Akira is the citizen Kane of adult animation.
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  12. awkwardbydesign

    awkwardbydesign Officially Awesome

    Likewise, but I thought the premise was OK, just the characters were cardboard cutouts. No depth to them, in that way similar to the Lensman series.
    BTW, it's hard to type with a kitten on the keyboard. :)
  13. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    have red the entire Foundation series, just once and no urge to re-read
  14. narabdela

    narabdela who?

    Indeed, but it would require some serious CGI. Megabucks needed if you don't want it to look cheesy.
  15. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    Interstellar had the hollowed out asteroid, so nothing not already done, even back in Babylon 5 times
  16. Barry123

    Barry123 pfm Member

    Enjoyed the first episode
  17. iansr

    iansr pfm Member

    I think that’s a positive sign, impossible to do the book justice in say 2 hrs.
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  18. Jim Audiomisc

    Jim Audiomisc pfm Member

    I read the initial Foundation books c50 years ago. Enjoyed them at the time. But these days I'm more likely to re-read something like David Weber's 'Harrington' series. :-> I still do dig out old stuff, though. From the 'Sector General' series to stories by authors like Sheffield or Simak or Clement or Schmitz or... Lots of variety.
  19. Jim Audiomisc

    Jim Audiomisc pfm Member

    Eon by Greg Bear comes to mind. But hollow asteroids is a pretty old device. Didn't Bester also use that?
  20. Jim Audiomisc

    Jim Audiomisc pfm Member

    I first read Dune in ASF from when they were trying to be a glossy magazine. Enjoyed it, but later re-readings, and the sequels I've tended to find less enjoyable. Too overblown and expanded. The film was rubbish in my view.
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