October Sky/Rocket Boys

Max More (max@maxmore.com)
Sat, 17 Apr 1999 20:01:19 -0700

I've been too busy to read the list much lately but have glanced at some posts about The Matrix. Today, Natasha and I saw a movie that, while not having the flash, budget, or promotion of The Matrix, had more of an impact on me. The movie is October Sky, though it would have been better named Rocket Boys (the title of the book it was based on).

I found October Sky highly extropic, as well as a well done piece of '50s Americana. The title comes from the profound effect on the life of a 17 year old boy in a coal-mining town in 1957 of seeing Sputnik passing in the night sky. He decides that a life in the coal mines is not for him, and that he's going to build rockets. Many obstacles stand in the way, but courage, determination, persistence, intelligence, and the good will and cooperation of others win out. It's based on a true story (if that matters to you). It's only showing in a couple of places in Los Angeles so catch it soon, or look for it on video.

No high tech special effects, no famous actors or director, no uploaded minds, but pretty damn extropic!



Max More, Ph.D.
<max@maxmore.com> or <more@extropy.org>


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