I was 11 years old when Blake's 7 first appeared on British TV and I still remember the buzz it caused. The only competing science fiction shows of the time were Star Trek and Doctor Who and Blake's 7 captured the imagination of a generation. I even remember the headmaster at my junior school using Blakes 7 as an example of something during one assembly (although I can no longer remember the point the headmaster was trying to make).
I hadn’t heard anything about District 9 apart from it involved aliens on Earth before watching it but I’m pleased that I succumbed to the impulse to watch the film.
I stumbled on the DVD of this film while aimlessly browsing the racks of DVDs in a local DVD store and was intrigued by the blurb on the back of the box - perhaps because of what it does not say as much as what it does.
We’ve heard this before right? A civilisation happily doing it’s thing unaware that is in fact doing it’s thing not on a planet but on a generation ship on its way to the stars. My personal favourite example of this theme is Gene Wolfe’s Book of the Long Sun series.
Oh dear, oh dear! It’s quite hard to make me stop reading a novel once I’ve started - I’m too curious to know how it finishes. This book made me bail out at page 71 (out of 323) and it was only an act of will that kept me going that far.
It’s my own fault really, the blurb does give fair warning:
On his good days Orson Scott Card is one of the best science fiction authors out there - interesting thoughtful stories and realistic characters with believable motives and flaws. Even on his bad days his work is better than most of the science fiction out there.
Few novels pack the same emotional punch as Oryz and Crake. I finished the book feeling empathising with the pain of he main character Snowman AKA Jimmy.