Let's play a name association game. When I say "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle," what comes to mind? Sherlock Holmes, I'll wager. But did you know that, in addition to being a quite accomplished non-fiction writer (his The War in South Africa: Its Causes and Conduct
won him a knighthood), Conan Doyle was also a science fiction writer? Contemporary with Edgar Rice Burroughs, Conan Doyle wrote a series of adventures starring the irascible Professor Challenger.
The first one, The Lost World
, involves a trip to a remote South American plateau where dinosaurs still thrive. This was the sort of conceit one could get away with in Edwardian times, back when there were still blank areas on the map where dragons might reside. Burroughs, for instance, placed an entire mini-continent in the Pacific Ocean, also populated with dinosaurs, in his Caspak
With giant lizards festooned with costume accoutrements now a fad (e.g. Journey to the Center of the Earth
), it is no surprise that Hollywood is looking for vehicles to showcase this new advancement in special effects. Hence, The Lost World
has found its way onto the silver screen.
Now, I'd been looking forward to this flick, in large part because I mistakenly thought it was going to be a movie about Burroughs' Pellucidar
series (sort of an updated Journey to the Center of the Earth
). I don't know where I got that impression. Nevertheless, Lost World
is in color, and it's a lovely Cinemascope production, so I kept my cinema tickets and, with little difficulty, enticed my daughter to join me for a night at the movies.
Would that I could turn back time.
(see the rest at Galactic Journey