Graham Smith Posted September 1, 2015 Share Posted September 1, 2015 Anyone who is a fan of hard SciFi from the 50's has probably read "Childhood's End" by Arthur Clarke at least once. I've probably read it at least a dozen times along with a few other selected books from that era. My old paperback copy was in such bad shape that it was falling apart that I had to retire it when I moved earlier this year. And anyone who has read it knows that it would not be an easy movie to make. There's almost no action and a large part of it centers around an unseen alien representative of the Overlords and the human representative of Earth. It's a mystery/thriller, psychological cat and mouse game. And it plays out over two or three generations. Well, I just saw the trailer for a SyFy miniseries based on the novel and, as I pretty much expected, they are taking some liberty with the story to introduce some action. How much they are going to screw with it, I cannot say but I have the feeling that they are probably going to wreck it. The problem with trying to turn something like Childhood's End into a movie is that it was written for a different time, a different audience. An audience for whom TV was something new and the Cold War was something very immediate. It was a book about ideas. The miniseries will air in December and I will give it a try. But I'm not holding my breath. And if you have never read the book, and you like classic SciFi, then you need to. It is very much unlike anything you have read before. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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