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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

question of the day: What great thinkers — writers, philosophers, scientists — whom Hollywood generally ignores should inspire more films?

Ray Bradbury

Yesterday we lost science fiction author Ray Bradbury, who died at the age of 91 after a lifetime as a writer whose speculative words and ideas have inspired, both directly and indirectly, generations of filmmakers. Steven Spielberg, quoted in the Detroit Free Press, said:

He was my muse for the better part of my sci-fi career. He lives on through his legion of fans. In the world of science fiction and fantasy and imagination, he is immortal.

Last week, we learned that the same idea of Stephen Hawking’s that is behind Battleship also informed Prometheus. Hawkings’ words, quoted in USA Today:

If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans. We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.

What great thinkers — writers, philosophers, scientists — whom Hollywood generally ignores should inspire more films? If you can, please share the particular deep thoughts you’d love to see reflected on film.

Have fun.

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