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Screen: Special Showings

Sci-Fi Summer Shorts

When: Fri., Aug. 1, 7 p.m. 2014

Remember those crazy low-budget short films based on classic short stories they used to show in public schools? This screening has a trio of them—on rare 16mm prints courtesy of the A/V Geeks—based on stories by three of the all-time great science fiction authors. "Rescue Party," adapting the first story ever published by Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey), is about the dangers of evacuating Earth when things get rough. "All Summer in a Day" is a Ray Bradbury tale about schoolchildren on Venus, where it only stops raining for one day every seven years. Some cruel kids bully a girl from Earth who's looking forward to the sunny day (having seen this one in my youth, let me say, this story will mess you up). Finally, Isaac Asimov's "All the Troubles of the World" involves a computer that controls everything and a plot that could destroy it. It has a good moral: Even computers can get stressed out. —Zack Smith

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