Some very interesting questions from Caite:
I finished reading Galapagos yesterday, and it left me with some questions that I was hoping you might be able to shed some light on. I did a bit of digging on Google, and found out that Galapagos was adapted into a stage play last year. I couldn’t find any visuals [I’ve found some: click here–Dan], but it included projections, puppetry, and a large acting ensemble. As a theatre student, I’m quite curious as to how they brought Vonnegut’s story to life on stage. The entire run was sold out, so I can assume that the production was a successful one. Why a play and not a movie? Would it be any different?
I was wondering what you think is the most successful (or the most popular) medium for science fiction. Does the medium even matter? In my experience in theatre, I know of very few works that could be classified within the sci fi genre. Then again, you showed a great example of the stage adaptation of Frankenstein, how the mirroring of the doctor and the monster could be shown through two actors alternating between both roles-a great decision in visualizing a major theme within the novel.
Back to Dan: Fascinating questions, Caite. I want to take this up in lecture tomorrow, so think about it.