The Abyss.

By: Card, Orson Scott

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Novelisation of the James Cameron screenplay of the sf movie of the same title: published in the USA as a paperback only. Three page afterword by Cameron and ten page afterward from the author.

''despite the largest budget of the period's undersea fantasies at about $60 million, and despite director Cameron's impressive track record with sf, this was not a box-office smash. A nuclear-missile-armed US submarine crashes at the edge of the Cayman Trough and the crew of an experimental, submersible drilling rig are asked to help rescue any survivors. A hurricane cuts communications with the surface; the laid-back, jokey rig workers clash with a paranoid team of naval commandos who blame everything on the Russians; and aliens dwelling in the Trench (looking a little like angels, and therefore good) teasingly appear to some people but not others. The peace-lovers clash stereotypically with the ''nuke the aliens'' group, and mayhem is followed by transcendental First Contact. Cameron is good at the low-key establishment of team cameraderie among working people, but the cute-alien theme and the relationship between estranged husband and wife have traces of marshmallow softness. The moral-blackmail finale of an earlier version of the script (aliens threaten world with tidal waves if world peace is not restored) is replaced by something that looks more like divine intervention. The film's moralizing is attractive but simplistic. More interestingly, most of the miraculous technology on display is either actually possible today or plausible for the near future. The novelization, whose author not unfairly calls it '' real novel'' is The Abyss * (1989) by Orson Scott Card'' (Peter Nicholls/Encyclopedia of SF)..

Title: The Abyss.

Author Name: Card, Orson Scott

Categories: Other,

Edition: First hardcover edition (& 1st printing).

Publisher: Legend: London.: 1989.

ISBN Number: 0712634037

ISBN Number 13: 9780712634038

Binding: Hardcover.

Grading: Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).

Seller ID: 00207