Chapter 2 - A Little Something Out in the Night!
Copyright © 2014 by Gerald Brynelson
From the Diary of the Imagineer, December 16, 1966:
I had long seen The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in bookstores, but it seemed too long to read and the title too eclectic to classify as comedy or science fiction. 109 minutes of DVD I could handle, and while the science fiction backdrop doesn’t seek any deeper understanding, the comedy made me feel as an honorary member of the British Empire and the British Humor that goes with it. In other words, plot, cast, special effects, whatever – just the passive/aggressive intellectual and sometimes cryptic delivery of the dialogue makes this 2005 film well worth watching.
Robby the Robot from 1956’s Forbidden Planet may have been the first artificial intelligence movie robot to have his say. But the evolution of thinking androids in science fiction movies have come a long way – even if the limits that are tested go long beyond what I believe is possible.
Robo snagged a corner of the quilt in his claws and began the arduous climb to the top of the bed. Timmy heard the plastic clanking of tiny limbs but paid him little mind, gaze fixed through the misty window glass. A low fog hung over the backyard, moving like ghost hands through the maze of toys and swings and trees.
So if our technology were to succeed completely, and everything were to be under our control, we should eventually say, "We need a new button."-- Alan Watts
The constant soft background noise of the ship throbbed and hummed throughout the cramped space as silence fell over her crew at work.
As a science fiction fan, I was partially aware of Firefly’s cult status, and when coming across the movie adaptation a few years later, I was compelled to watch the 2005 sleeper.
– 587 years later –