The New Generation of Classic Short Stories

Vol. 18, No. 1

Super-Toys Last All Summer Long

by Brian Aldiss

“Super-Toys Last All Summer Long” first appeared in print in 1969, and its film rights were quickly acquired by Stanley Kubrick, who spent the next two-plus decades endeavoring to adapt it. Among Kubrick’s concerns was that the state of computer-generated imagery was not yet sufficiently advanced to depict the character of David, a part he believed no child actor could credibly portray. Prior to his death in 1999, Kubrick ceded the project to Steven Spielberg, in part as he was so impressed with the director’s work on Jurassic Park; and Spielberg finally completed the adaptation as the 2001 film A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

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