By Stephen Goldin
A misplaced vintage of technological know-how fiction.
Birk Aaland is a political outcast from Earth's tyranny, and has been residing for years on a planet inhabited exclusively via robots, ever considering his send crashed here.
Now one other send has crashed, and there's back a unmarried survivor—a girl who's eager to warn Earth of an alien invasion.
But Birk is completely pleased with his present exile—until a accident intervenes, inflicting every one of them to re-examine their lives and their overall existence.
"The tale profits an emotionality that justifies calling Goldin an artist, no longer in basic terms a writer." —Tom Easton, Analog Magazine
Originally released 1981 through Doubleday.
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This, he sees, as Godard’s ‘counter-cinema’. 57 This statement also serves to reassert in emphatic terms the dichotomy that Wollen is keen to highlight: Godard versus the Hollywood cinema. It is not possible or necessary to address each of Wollen’s distinctions within the context of our discussion here but, keeping in mind my move towards a study of alternative worlds in films, we are bound to find ourselves drawn to Wollen’s concept of single diegesis versus multiple diegesis, and the ways in which he attributes one category to Hollywood cinema and one against it.
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