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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:03 pm 
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The Martian ChildI saw this DVD in a remainder pile and as I couldn't remember anything about it I thought I'd ask here.
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A recently widowed science fiction writer forms an unlikely family with a close friend and a young adopted boy that claims to be from Mars. The new couple ignores some sage parenting advice from the widower's sister and gets more than they bargained for when a series of strange occurrences lead them to believe that the child's claim may be true.


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David Gerrold's original novella is certainly worth reading. It was first published in F&SF (I think), and it has doubtlessly been republished elsewhere. It was based on his own experiences of adopting a child. I haven't seen the film but, from what I've read, they've made it a more coventional family set-up. A widower?

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I've seen that (..of course!), and it's not a bad effort.
Helps a lot if you like John Cusack, and can easily imagine him as a sci-fi writer.
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If I remember right, the film's ambiguity about the 'Martian' boy does not survive past a mawkish ending. Not read DG's original story, but I assumed the film's non-SF ending was in keeping with that..?

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It's been a long time since I read it, but I think it was left open-ended.

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If it's from a David Gerrold original it might be worth a punt.


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VideoVista's review of The Martian Child gives it a 7/10 rating.

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