Supertoys Last All Summer Long

November 1st, 2002 § 2 comments

Finished reading Supertoys last all summer long and other stories of future time by Brian Aldiss. The book title comes from its first story, which is one of three (“Supertoys last all summer long”, “Supertoys when winter comes” and “Supertoys in other seasons”) upon which Spielberg/Kubrick’s A.I. was based.

Most of the stories have a ironic streak to them even when they show faith in the mankind’s ability to better itself. Although it’s well-written, the book didn’t impressed me. I found its content too shallow for my tastes.

What really interested me was the foreword, which tells the events behind the creation of the first three stories and their use in A.I., and Aldiss relationship with Kubrick. It’s a good introduction to the stories which, as expected, differ a lot from the movie.

§ 2 Responses to Supertoys Last All Summer Long"

  • Ben says:

    “Although it’s well-written, the book didn’t impressed me. I found its content too shallow for my tastes.”

    What are you, an intellectual snob, or just an asshole in general?

  • Ronaldo says:

    Thanks for your comments, Ben :)

    I guess everybody is entitled to their own opinion on what kinds of books they like. I liked the way the book was written in a literary sense, but I didn’t like the tales themselves. Not much like the science fiction I enjoy.

    Also, I think I have used a wrong word in the entry above. I’m not a native English speaker and sometimes I make mistakes. I just checked shallow in the dictionary and found it’s too strong a word in that context. In fact, I would say the tales lack a sense of completion. It’s probably what Aldiss intended but I didn’t like it. Just my opinion.

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