Book View Cafe at Biology in Science Fiction

BVC is mentioned at Biology in Science Fiction today — right below an article on my favorite movie when I was a little kid, The Creature of the Black Lagoon. Hardly anybody had heard of SCUBA gear in the early 1950s, so when I saw a SCUBA diver splash out of the water on the beach of Nahant, Massachusetts, where my family lived when I was a kid, I thought it was the Creature and I ran home.

A couple of days later there he was on our front porch showing my dad SCUBA gear.

It took my mom a while to get over being annoyed at my dad for taking me to see Creature of the Black Lagoon. It was pretty scary for a six-year-old.

— Vonda

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Book View Cafe at Biology in Science Fiction — 5 Comments

  1. LOL!

    My six-year-old scary film was The Day the Earth Stood Still. I really think it had everything to do with me writing SF.

  2. The Day the Earth Stood Still is on my list of Best Movies, right up there with Lawrence of Arabia.

    Creature from the Black Lagoon was a little bit cheesy, but fun. The article on Biology in SF is about its coming remake, which I have some hopes for because it’s in the hands of somebody who cares about it (the son of the original screenwriter).

    The trailers for the remake of Day the Earth Stood Still do not fill me with enthusiasm to run right out and see it. More like, Rent the original and watch it again.

    — Vonda

  3. The Day the Earth Stood Still is way up there on my all time best movies list, too, and I tend to think it is the best SF film ever made, maybe because it deals with ideas instead of special effects. Or maybe just because I kind of like cheesy special effects. Sometimes I think I wrote “The English Major’s Revenge” — which is meant as homage to “The Day the Earth Stood Still” — just so I could describe the alien space ship as looking like “one of those aluminum covers they use in Chinese restaurants.”
    I’m glad to hear there are good people behind the new movie, as I have been highly skeptical about it. I think I’ll wait and see what people whose opinions I respect have to say about it first before I decide whether to see it. Vonda and Maya, please report back if you go.

  4. It’s Creature of the Black Lagoon whose remake sounds like it has people behind it who care about it.

    I don’t know anything about the people behind the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still.

    The trailers for the Day the Earth Stood Still remake do not fill me with enthusiasm for going to see it. I don’t have a problem with movies in which a lot of stuff blows up real good, generally speaking (though I would have walked out of MATRIX if I hadn’t been the wheels for 5 other people), but blowing stuff up real good isn’t what Day the Earth Stood Still is supposed to be about.

    — Vonda