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Brian W. Aldiss

Supertoys Last All Summer Long: and Other Stories of Future Time

Brian W. Aldiss

"Supertoys Last All Summer Long" is the haunting tale of a young boy unable to please his mother, a boy who is not a boy at all, a boy whose intelligence is artificial . . .

This tale, which was taken up by the late Stanley Kubrick, and is soon to be turned into a major motion picture by Steven Spielberg, is the title story of Brian Aldiss' formidable collection of futuristic fables. It is typical of the writer's humane power of prophesy and his unerring sense of how technology and intelligence could work together. From the pessimism of "III", where corporate greed controls natural resources, to the optimism of "The Pause Button", where medical advances lead to a more thoughtful society, Aldiss' questioning is subtle yet simple — has humanity the wit and empathetic strength to keep up with the irresistible progress of technology?

Table of Contents

  • Foreword: Attempting to Please - essay by Brian W. Aldiss
  • Supertoys Last All Summer Long - (1969)
  • Supertoys When Winter Comes - (2001)
  • Supertoys in Other Seasons - (2001)
  • Apogee Again - (1999)
  • III - (2001)
  • The Old Mythyology - (2001)
  • Headless - (1994) - (2001)
  • Beef - (2001)
  • Nothing in Life is Ever Enough - (1999)
  • A Matter of Mathematics - (2001)
  • The Pause Button - (1997) - (2001)
  • Three Types of Solitude - (2001)
  • Steppenpferd - (2000)
  • Cognitive Ability and the Light Bulb - (2000)
  • Dark Society - (1996)
  • Galaxy Zee - (2001)
  • Marvells of Utopia - (2001)
  • Becoming the Full Butterfly - (1995)
  • A Whiter Mars: A Socratic Dialogue of Times to Come - (1995)

Super-toys Last All Summer Long

Supertoys: Book 1

Brian W. Aldiss

This short story originally appeared in the UK edition of Harper's Bazaar in 1969. It was included in the anthology The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction, edited by Arthur B. Evans et al. It has also been included in the collections The Moment of Eclipse and Supertoys Last All Summer Long.

The short story was used as the basis for the first act of the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

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