Never Let Me Go [book, by Kazuo Ishiguro]

“I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding on as hard as they can, but in the end it’s just too much. The current’s too strong. They’ve got to let go, drift apart. That’s how I think it is with us. It’s a shame, Kath, because we’ve loved each other all our lives. But in the end, we can’t stay together forever.”

I guess the fact that this book is featuring on a blog solely about sci fi is a bit of a spoiler in itself, so if you don’t want to learn anymore, I would implore that you stop reading this blog, go out and buy the book and read it now because you will not be disappointed…

Okay I think I gave enough warning. So when I read this book I really didn’t think it was a sci fi book. I thought it was some romantic fiction book. It came highly recommended by a couple friends. From the get-go, you realise things are not as they seem and as you progress through the book, it gets weirder and weirder. I won’t say too much, but the truth of the situation really hit me in the gut; I really wasn’t expecting to read what I did. Ultimately though, this story is about youth, growing up, accepting your fate gracefully, grieving and letting go (contrary to the book’s title) and how even after you lose people you love, you never really lose them.

Beautiful book. Go read it today.

The Day The Earth Stood Still [1951]

“I am fearful when I see people substituting fear for reason.”

I really really enjoyed this film. There’s something about sci fi in the 40s and 50s that is so terribly endearing I can’t deal with it. The story goes: alien lands on earth and inexplicably wants to talk to the USA president to arrange a meeting of minds (god help us if that ever happened with trump… we would be screwed) and this is met with hostility by all the dumb, trigger happy men of the world with the exception of one scientist, a laydee and her son. Gee wizz!

The funniest bits of the film were the way they all described the robot in the film as being an 8ft giant, but next to normal humans he really wasn’t that much taller… Also since it was a film made in the 50s, there were obvious themes of cold war tension with the east, for instance one of the characters speculated that so-and-so (not naming names) or you-know-who had sent the so-called alien and that it was the work of a country and not some outer world entity.. Oh and the space ship and the robot, and generally the special effects of the film were pretty advanced and they didn’t look like they had aged awfully, if you compare it to some more recent films even! But maybe you can’t really go wrong with bacofoil.. **shrug**

The film left with an ambiguous ‘well it’s up to you’ bit, which I really enjoyed.

Go see it. A must watch!