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《殞月》 - 星野之宣 : 假如月亮消失!?

舍妹旅台帶回來兩套星野之宣的作品 - 《星艦迷踪》和《殞月》。前者故事只達C級科幻橋段,似乎是星野糊口之作,可以不提。不過後者又再次發揮星野之宣獨有的人文氣息硬科幻,非常推薦。

殞月》(ムーン・ロスト, The Moon Lost) 原連者於2003-2004年的月刊アフタヌーン。故事始於突然發現有巨大殞石衝向地球,其威力足可令全人類滅絕。在無計可史之下,人類只有兵行除著利用未經證實的M-Theory製造超小型黑洞射向殞石以圖減少其質量而令其軌道改變。後來計畫雖成功,但因計算偏差而令殞石撞向月球,令她被小型黑洞吞噬而從始消失。

失去了數十億年伙伴的地球變得不穩定,自轉軸高速改變。北美洲向北移變成新極點,全球氣候大轉變。人類逃過殞石一刧,但氣候的反覆令整個地球變成地獄。為令人類文明免於滅絕,歐洲諸國展開了「歐羅巴計劃」,要把和月球質量及大小相若的木星衛星 - 「歐羅巴」(Europa) 帶到地球軌道上成為新月亮以穩定自轉軸及天氣。不過美國因成為新極點而變成寒冬之國,如「歐羅巴計劃」成功,美國永久成為北極點,大部份土地成冰封之地,所以極力阻止計劃。

善於引用神話和故事對比的星野之宣引用了希臘神話中宙斯(Zeus)垂涎Phoenician公主Europa美色,而化身成公牛把Europa誘拐故事,令故事增添幾份詩意。充滿電影感的鏡頭調度亦是星野之宣拿手好戲,人類眼澄澄的看著月亮突然消失時的那份驚恐,伊斯蘭諸國看著印在其國旗和象徵其信仰的月亮永久消失的那種惘然令人印像深刻。而主角茱蒂眼看的自己母親和月亮同時消失,很有對比效果。


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《大都會》

上周六零晨12:20am 播出了大友克洋在2001年的動畫電影《大都會》(Metropolis, メトロポリス) 。這作品改編自已故日本漫畫之神手塚治虫先生受到科幻界經典 - Fritz Lang 在 1927 年的 《大都會》(Metrópolis)影響而在 1949 年繪畫的同名漫畫作品。本身,手塚先生在繪畫該漫畫時仍未看過 Fritz Lang 的黑白默片電影,只被其刊在雜誌中的劇照所吸引而借題發揮,所以兩者內容完全風馬牛不相及。但在動畫電影版中,大友克洋則把默片電影及漫畫很多元素重新結合,並注入濃厚大友克洋的個人風格。可以說,這作品是柔合了二代經典日本動漫畫大師及三代東西科幻大師風格。效果十分精彩有趣。

內山美佳已對這片作出很詳細的分析,我也不想班門弄斧。提起貝羅 (ペロ ,片中被派協助俊作和健一的機械警察) ,他的樣貌令我想起電腦奇俠,而起初情節則令我想起 Issac Asimov 長篇作品《鋼窟》(The Caves of Steel, 1954) 中的丹尼爾 (R. Daneel Olivaw,R.表示機器人) ,他被殺的那幕,令我想起 Animatrix 。他不能反抗人類,又令我想起 Asimov 的機械人三大定律。很喜歡俊作和健一到大都會警察局局長辦公室後的大黑魚,也很喜歡蒂瑪(ティマ) 的寶座室那佈滿黑圓管地板及牆壁。亦在此貼上由 Dan Gibson 所作 Ray Charles 演譯,在捷古拉特崩塌時(ジグラット) 放出的《I can’t stop loving you》:

I can’t stop loving you
So I’ve made up my mind
To live in memory
Of such an old lonesome time

I can’t stop wanting you
It’s useless to say
So I’ll just live my life
In dreams of yesterday.

Those happy hours
That we once knew
Though long ago,
They still make me blue

They say that time
Heals a broken heart
But time has stood still
Since we’ve been apart

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“Contact” again

I would like to write here again that “Contact” is my most most favorite movies even after several years. Coz the main character Ellie Arroway, acted by Jodie Foster, had display a prefect person that I want to be in my life. Totally stubborn but very tough, And got a great passion on what she dream of. She is really my idol and what a real scientist should be in my mind.

Here is some quote from the movie and to every people who have ever dreaming for searching truth.


Drumlin: What’s wrong with science being practical, even profitable?

Palmer: Nothing, as long as your motive is the search for truth, which is exactly what the pursuit of science is.


Drumlin: I know you can’t see it now, but I’m doing you a favor.

Ellie: That’s great.

Drumlin: You’re far too promising a scientist to be wasting your gifts on this nonsense.

Ellie: Look, I don’t consider what could potentially be the most important discovery of the human race nonsense, ok? There’s 400 billion stars…

Drumlin: …And only two probabilities. One, there is intelligent life out there but it’s so far away you’ll never contact it in your lifetime, and two…

Ellie: You’re making a decision…

Drumlin: …Two, there’s nothing out there but noble gases and carbon compounds, and you’re wasting your time. In the meantime, you won’t be published, you won’t be taken seriously, and your career will be over before it’s begun.

Ellie: So what? It’s my life!


David Drumlin: I know you must think this is all very unfair. Maybe that’s an understatement. What you don’t know is I agree. I wish the world was a place where fair was the bottom line, where the kind of idealism you showed at the hearing was rewarded, not taken advantage of. Unfortunately, we don’t live in that world.

Ellie Arroway: Funny, I’ve always believed that the world is what we make of it.


Executive: We must confess that your proposal seems less like science and more like science fiction.

Ellie Arroway: Science fiction. You’re right, it’s crazy. In fact, it’s even worse than that, it’s nuts. You wanna hear something really nutty? I heard of a couple guys who wanna build something called an airplane, you know you get people to go in, and fly around like birds, it’s ridiculous, right? And what about breaking the sound barrier, or rockets to the moon? Atomic energy, or a mission to Mars? Science fiction, right? Look, all I’m asking is for you to just have the tiniest bit of vision. You know, to just sit back for one minute and look at the big picture. To take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history… of history.


Michael Kitz: Your having sent this announcement all over the world may well constitute a breach of national security.

Ellie Arroway: This isn’t a person-to-person call. You can’t possibly think that a civilization sending this kind of message would intend it just for Americans.

Michael Kitz: I’m saying you might have consulted us; obviously, the contents of this message could be extremely sensitive.

Ellie Arroway: You want to classify prime numbers?


Palmer Joss: What are you studying up there?

Ellie Arroway: Oh, the usual. Nebulae, quasars, pulsars, stuff like that. What are you writing?

Palmer Joss: The usual. Nouns, adverbs, adjective here and there.


[Ellie challenges Palmer to prove the existence of God]

Palmer Joss: Did you love your father?

Ellie Arroway: What?

Palmer Joss: Your dad. Did you love him?

Ellie Arroway: Yes, very much.

Palmer Joss: Prove it.


Ellie Arroway: Dad, do you think there’s people on other planets?

Ted Arroway: I don’t know, Sparks. But I guess I’d say if it is just us… seems like an awful waste of space.


Palmer Joss: By doing this, you’re willing to give your life, you’re willing to die for it. Why?

Ellie Arroway: For as long as I can remember, I’ve been searching for something, some reason why we’re here. What are we doing here? Who are we? If this is a chance to find out even just a little part of that answer… I don’t know, I think it’s worth a human life. Don’t you?


Alien: You’re an interesting species, an interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other.


Ellie Arroway: I had an experience, I can’t proof and can’t explain, but everything that I know as a human being, tells me that it was real. I was giving something wonderful, that changed me forever. A vision of the universe, that tells us undeniably, that we belong to something that is greater then ourselves, and that none of us are alone.


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Observer and time

Feel days ago, I give a psychological test to my sister. I ask her to guess when she ask me which type am I. She guess 5, the observer or thinker. It is right that I always got many thing in my mind and sometimes I will feel interest to understand how the world work but my mark on type 5 is NOT high. When I saw the description of 5, I remember a story by Zhang Xi Guo (張系國) in his science-fiction collection Music of the Night. (夜曲)

The story is talk about a girl met a strange Taxi driver who lent her a device which can make her time run faster or slower. She need to make her time run slower then others to store some time. Then she turn her time run faster to retrieve she stored when she need time. The driver only ask her to give the device back to him one year later and give all the time remain at that time to him as his revenue.

One year later, the driver told the girl the purpose of collecting so much time. The driver said he had already collect ten thousand years and plan to use it go around the world and read every books in order to the truth of the world.

As most science-fiction about time, you can imagine how they walk around the street and saw every body and thing just stand and stop without any movement. They were similar to god who can observe the world with minimum affect on it. (If they are careful)

When I’m young, I also got a similar thought that it is great if I can read all the books in the world and know every thing. It is really interesting if I got ten thousand years time to do that. But I think I would not got such a kind of patient to be alone for such a long time. Chopping it into a thousand of ten years might be a good idea. ;P


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星星

心血來潮走去看自己很久以前的一個個人網站,看到一段很久以前由《銀河英雄傳說》節錄出來的句子:

那些星星經歷過數億、數十億年的生命。早在人類誕生之前就一直閃爍著光輝,在人類滅絕之後,它們仍會繼續綻放著光芒吧?人的生命連星星一瞬間的光輝都不及。這是自古以來人們就明白的事情。然而,認識到星星的永遠和人世的一瞬的是人不是星星。

中學時代,我偶然會很喜歡望向蔚藍有些白雲的天空或滿天星星的夜空。我從來不懂得看星,但她令我想起每顆星其實只是很遠很遠的太陽,或者比太陽大幾百幾千幾萬倍的恆星。一切煩惱事和浩翰的宇宙相比,只是雞毛蒜皮的小事。哈,我這幾年似乎忘了很多往日自我開解的方法。


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Contact

I have bought Carl Sagan’s Contact today. Indeed, I never finish a serious english fiction (Except those in book list of sec. school) although I have bought some in past. Hey, it is really painful if you need to ask help from your dict several for just a paragraph. Once I was really interesting on cyberpunk culture (Umm.. about 94-95) I have bought a electronic dict in order to minimize the pain and try to read Wiliam Gibson’s Neuromancer. But, of course, I have finually withdraw it before the end of the first chapter.

You can say that Contact is one of my favourite movies. I really love the main charactor - Ellie Arroway, acted by Jodie Foster. Coz it really reflect something about me. Especially when her professor Drumlin scolded her that her stubborn on SETI would only kill her career, She responsed, “So what? It’s my life!”.


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瑟斯‧艾弗莉的 21 日

有想過生存是為了什麼嗎?來自星野之宣 (Yukinobu Haoshino) 短篇漫畫集星塵之旅 (StarDust Memories) 中的一個故事 - 瑟斯‧艾弗莉的 21 日就曾引起我對生存意義的一些聯想。

故事女主角瑟斯因所乘撘的調查般意外爆炸而流落行星林登,種種原因令救援隊要最少 21 後才能到達。要獨個兒在陌生星救生活廿多天對瑟斯本不是什麼一件很難的事,但她慢慢察覺到在這星系的生物之生物時鐘走得異常地快。只消兩天,瑟斯就老了差不到十年。即是說她等不 到救援隊來到就已老死了。面對這悲慘的事實,瑟斯決定到用逃生艇上的培養器為自己複製一個女兒出來。瑟斯利用壓縮學習機教曉小瑟斯一切需要的知識及技能就去了。而小瑟斯亦照老瑟斯的吩咐複製出第三代的瑟斯。就在這短短的 21 天,瑟斯就經歷了三代。第三代瑟斯到最後成為唯一被獲救者,但在她的回憶並不是短短 21 天的獨自生活,而三代…….

妳還能得救!過了 21 天救援隊來了,你就能得救! 可是我呢? 如果我是妳 …….. 媽媽! 我是為什麼來到這世上的? 只為了養育這小孩? 我沒有過去! 也沒有未來! 只為了存活數日的一生… 太殘酷了!

小瑟斯


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譚劍 及斷章

早排提過譚劍…去過佢網站,係佢個留言冊寫左幾句野… 竟然收到回覆,不過令我覺得最得意既係.. 佢又係開始玩緊 Linux 。

譚劍呢個名最早應該係係新雅兒童故事創作比賽 - 科幻組中知道。我有段時間每年都有買個比賽既得獎作品集,譚劍係呢個比賽既常客,仲係最後一屆以『黃昏的人』囉左冠軍。個比賽停左之後,比較少機會見到佢既作品。不過上年回歸之後幾日,突然係書報攤見到叫『虛擬未來』既書,作者寫住係『譚劍』。當時都唔係太記得邊個打邊個,只係記得譚劍應該係最後一屆新雅比賽既冠軍定亞軍。Anyway.. 點都好.. 都係香港少有既科幻小說作家,咁就買左返屋企。一開始就因為 張系國既序而先煲完『斷章』,其他搞到最近先得閒睇番晒。

『斷章』可謂我讀過譚劍所有作品中最喜歡既一個。故事係過主角同佢班師兄弟由細到大一路都被佢地師父迫去練劍,但只有主角最用心,因而招其師兄弟妒忌,最終引致大家為爭奪劍譜自相殘殺而死剩佢一個。但係主角發覺一切切都只係佢地師父一手安排既測試。當時地球因為核戰而變得唔可以住人,佢地師父想籍劍去選出一個人同一位一早安排好既夏娃一齊返去地球,喚醒係地底冬眠既人類,共同重建地球,成為眾人的救世者。不過主角痛恨其師父既擺佈,今佢同一齊長大既師兄弟自相殘殺,對所謂故鄉既地球亦無感情。結果佢將太空船同夏娃毀滅,選擇孤獨地留在他出生的星球,『創造』真正自己的命運。

個結局真係好震撼,主角既選擇無疑係一個死路。無論佢點『創造』命運最終都逃不過孤獨終老人類滅絕既結果,反而乖乖咁接受安排同夏娃返回地球做救世者先係唯一生路,但主角仍然作出呢個咁『愚蠢』既決擇。究竟人生存係世上係為別人定係為自己而生?


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小說世紀

最近出左本 以小說為主題既月刊 …. 係香港呢個文化沙漠敢出本咁既野都算佢 ……. 不過有張小嫻壓陣… $15 .. 都或者做得住。當然我買既原因唔係因為 張… just for 譚劍 …本野有兩篇科幻小說都係一集完 .. 一篇 譚劍 .. 一篇 宇無名 …或者有先入為主.. 會覺得 譚劍 那篇好一點 ….

譚既”魔神傳說” 係講述 下世紀初有個新慶宗教- 魔神教 (Moses, 犘西.. 玩變音..不過個中文名都幾精景) .. 其教旨只有一個 … 相信當電腦網絡發展到一個程度.. 電腦會變成一個有強大自我意識既個體… 醒覺變成一個神…擁有全宇宙最高智慧 …帶人類進入一個新紀元 .. 講真.. 呢種宗教係將來真係出現都唔算係一件怪事 … ( 以人類既宗教歷史睇唻) 故事結局既電腦癱瘓更加係耐人尋味得唻.. 亦都幽人類一默 … 究竟係根本個病毒只係 destory 所有電腦系統.. 定係當時電腦真係成為左神.. 但以睇見人類既愚昧都不屑做人類既主宰而頓身而去呢?…. 當人人都為將被電腦統治而擔憂.. 而電腦反而覺得人類連做佢既傀儡都不配.. 好大既諷刺。文筆上.. 雖然宇無名既 “幸福由這裡開始” 比較好… 佈局技巧都唔錯.. 但到底都係 Total Recall 既變體.. 玩唔出乜新意….


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