By W. J. Stuart
The yr, as I write this, is the fiftieth anniversary of the vintage sci-fi motion picture "Forbidden Planet". but i didn't observe until a couple of months in the past that there existed a corresponding ebook. whereas either stick to -- mainly -- an analogous easy plot, there are a few major changes in information and within the ultimate revelation of simply what Morbius (and the Krell) have been up to.
The e-book is written from the alternating issues of view of document Ostrow and Commander Adams, aside from one relevant bankruptcy instructed via Morbius. This machine permits the motivations and internal recommendations of those characters to turn into clearer. Ostrow's first bankruptcy starts off ahead of the purpose at which the movie starts off, and describes the tough journey accompanying the ship's first significant deceleration because it methods Altair IV. The "second-grade deceleration" as they input the planet's surroundings turned the ultimate hyperspace leap of the movie.
The harrowing experience in Robby's "taxi" to Morbius's house is defined intimately -- those scenes have been passed over from the movie for budgetary purposes, based on an in depth and engaging article at the making of "Forbidden Planet" released within the journal Cinefantastique. one other element the place the publication diverges from the movie is the place Adams and Ostrow sneak again to undercover agent at the apartment, believing Morbius's accomplishments should have had outdoors advice -- very likely unseen, secretive Altairans.
As within the motion picture, the ship's characters are visible to us this present day as 1950's army forms (as portrayed within the video clips, besides) transplanted into the longer term. One instance, jarring even by way of today's criteria, is while Jerry Farman pulls out a cigarette and starts off to smoke in Morbius's lounge -- with no even asking permission! (And Morbius doesn't object.)
The presence of earth-like animals is given a completely diverse rationalization from the film's -- I won't damage it via revealing it right here, however it does relate to the ultimate revelation pointed out above.
W.J. Stuart's tale is easily written, if now not particularly the equivalent of these of the vintage technological know-how fiction writers. The booklet differs adequate from the movie that it truly is greater than an insignificant transcription of it, and that i suggest it as a must-read for all who, like me, are zealous fanatics of the movie.