Super-Toys Last All Summer Long
- Super-Toys Last All Summer Long
"Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" is a short story by science fiction author Brian Aldiss, first published in 1969. The story deals with an overpopulated world where child creation is controlled, and the artificial superficiality of the American lifestyle has become more pronounced.
The story has three principal characters: David, a preschool boy who struggles to express his feelings to his mother and ponders the question of what is real; his mother Monica Swinton, who struggles to endure the loneliness of her typically isolated lifestyle; and her husband Henry, who is involved in the development of intelligent robots that will be able to serve as social companions for humans. At the end, it is revealed that the couple have been waiting for permission to have a child; David is not a "real" boy.
It was the literary basis for the first act of the feature film "", which was an unrealized film project of Stanley Kubrick, posthumously developed and filmed by Steven Spielberg and released in 2001.
In 2001 the short story was re-published in the eponymous Aldiss short story collection "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long", along with the tie-in stories "Super-Toys When Winter Comes" and "Super-Toys in Other Seasons." The collection also contained a number of stories not tied to the Super-Toys theme.
From 22 November 2008 - 18 January 2009, Arnolfini, a contemporary arts centre in Bristol presented an exhibition and season of events and project called Supertoys. The season explored toys, play, affective machines and object relations; issues also explored in Aldiss's short story.
* [http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/5.01/ffsupertoys.html Original text]
* [http://www.visual-memory.co.uk/amk/doc/0068.html Text and overview]
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