Supertoys Last All Summer Long: And Other Stories of Future Time Paperback – 2001
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Most of the stories have down-beat endings. Whenever anybody has a good time they get their come-uppance, so it's a pessimistic view of the future. Even "The Marvels of Utopia" is dystopic - at least it's far from Thomas More. In spite of they're enjoyable because of Aldiss's sheer good writing,excellent jokes, wild imagination and page-turning action.I
To start off Aldiss apparently hates humanity, or at the very least human vanity and self-centeredness. He also seems to think that humankind will not grow out of these flaws, instead humanity will become more and more self-centered as time goes on, so be prepared for a future that is at the same time utopia and distopia...
Aldiss's writing style does seem to swing between brilliant and not so good, but there is enough brilliant to make up for the rest. III was particularly grim (the image of what humanity does to the inhabitants of Triton will stick with you), and "A Matter of Mathematics" could possibly be made into a decent screenplay. All told, "Supertoys..." is an incredible collection of eerily plausible sci-fi that just about everyone should read once, if not more. (if just to avoid turning the inhabitants of Jupiter's moon Europa into Campbell's Canned ET)
The sixteen short stories that follow are much, much worse. Most of them teeter on the edge between dramatic fiction and satire, so that they are neither interesting nor funny. Only “Apogee Again” contains any imaginative ideas and descriptions. Some of the stories, such as “A Whiter Mars” and “Cognitive Ability and the Light Bulb”, are not really stories at all; they are summary descriptions of how society will evolve into a vegetarian, religion-less utopia. Others, such as “Dark Society” and “Steppenpferd”, start out promising but leave the reader with lady-or-the-tiger endings, without any resolution to the conflict.
Please, please don’t waste your money on this collection.
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The supertoy story is quite different from the film, but I still love it because it gives another angle to see what happens to the the supertoy. Read morePublished on May 24 2002 by E-lee
The book contains an interesting collection of short stories. Being a SF master, Aldiss cannot escape the fate of old-fashioned writing. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2001
Without question, Brian Aldiss is a good writer, capable of writing memorable tales such as his "Supertoys" trilogy. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2001 by John Kwok
The three short stories that make up what we all know as A.I., are the best of the lot in this collection. As Kubrick told Aldiss, he either writes exceptionally, or just so-so. Read morePublished on July 10 2001
I saw A.I. and was thoroughly disappointed in every respect. I purchased this book on the basis that the original story must have been great and that the "creative" minds... Read morePublished on July 9 2001 by Tony F
Although A.I. is based off this book, it should be noted it's loosely based. The short stories in this book that are on the supertoy theme are only a very small portion of the... Read morePublished on July 8 2001 by K. Gks
The movie is "loosely" based on the book. It does not even share the title. the movie was great but should never be compared with the book. Read morePublished on July 6 2001