" In this universe the night was falling; the shadows were lengthening towards an east that would not know another dawn. But elsewhere the stars were still young and the light of morning lingered; and along the path he once had followed, Man would one day go again"

Arthur C. Clarke Against the Fall of Night

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Anthony Burgess: ‘Metropolis changed my childhood’ (Guardian Link)

In earlier posts I have discussed my love for the pulp covers of Frank R. Paul with their huge machines and sky scraping cities. I wonder how much images from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis has influenced science fiction illustration and indeed our visions of the future in general. I thought this link might be of interest.

 Anthony Burgess: ‘Metropolis changed my childhood’

A previously unpublished 1980s essay by the novelist and critic Anthony Burgess launches this year’s search for new critical writing


Cover credits

Pringle encyclopedia, detail from Metropolis.

A Clockwork Orange, Barbican edition.


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