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Understatement Of The Year

From SciFiWire, comes this little blurb about the upcoming SF movie, Sunshine. It starts off with a, hopefully, unintentionally funny description of the movie:

Director Danny Boyle told SCI FI Wire that his next film will be Sunshine, an SF drama about a perilous mission to the sun.

Who knew that a mission to the Sun would be perilous? You don’t say?

In fact, reading about the plot of the story leads me to believe this movie will be lame, lame, lame. A section of the Sun has failed so to fix it, the heroes have to use, of course, a really large bomb. Right.

The director also says:

To tell you any more than that would kind of spoil it.

No, the plot synopsis already spoiled movie. Better luck next time with the whole ‘good plot’ thing. Oh, and they’re still ‘working on the script’. How about making a good SF story about the sun? David Brin’s Sundiver comes to mind. But then again, he is a SF author. What does he know about good SF, movies or otherwise?

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4 Comments on Understatement Of The Year

  1. Science Fiction Stories with Good Astronomy & Physics lists a few sun-realted books and stories as well:

    • If the Stars Are Gods by Gregory Benford & Gordon Eklund (1977) – Proposes that the Sun might have an intelligence within.
    • The Joshua Factor by Donald Clayton (1986) – A novel by an astronomer involving intrigue and neutrinos from the Sun.
    • “The Wind from the Sun” by Arthur C. Clarke (1973) – About the effect of a solar flare on a solar wind “sailing race” of the future.
    • “Proof” by Hal Clement (1971) – About possible life-forms within the Sun.
    • Inconstant Moon” by Larry Niven (1971) – A giant flare on the Sun wreaks havoc with civilization.

    Also, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction lists a bunch of them that I’m just too lazy (and slow) to type.

  2. You guys totally missed the point! What does physics, good plots, and/or originality have to do with movies (SF or otherwise) nowadays? We all have the attention span of about 5 seconds. If nothing blows up or nobody’s brain is blown away in that time, we’re going to be bored! What better place to blow things up than the sun…

  3. John Wright’s Golden Age had some cool jump-into-the-sun sequences.

    Of course, solar missions are a lot less perilous if you launch them at night…

  4. Shame, Danny Boyle is a good direcor.

    SunDiver bored me however.

    I can’t think of any story involving “Going to fix the Sun” that inspires me. Perhaps I should check out John’s recommendations 🙂

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