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The Sun is dying, and mankind is dying with it. Our last hope is a spaceship and a crew of eight men and women. They carry a device which will breathe new life into the star. But, deep into their voyage, out of radio contact with Earth, their mission is starting to unravel. Soon, the crew are fighting not only for their lives, but their sanity.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Dec 03, 2012 Mariel rated it really liked it
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Kaneda? What can you see?

I can't remember who it was that said God was dead. Stephen Hawking? Actually, I don't really want to talk about that. I would have to hold inside of me what absolutely everyone everywhere else (and more every second) believed about or in God. What was and what isn't. Do the dead go on living with you after they are gone? I don't know what I really believe in either. It's not a place where there had been something and now isn't, or where there is a lack. If I'm honest th
Sep 08, 2008 Scott rated it really liked it
Alex Garland wrote one of my fave books/movies The Beach. He has brought an amazing perspective in this book. The movie is awesome. I watched it twice in one weekend. The sci-fi is intriguing and not over the top. The psycho-thrillerness kept me at the edge of my seat. Reading this book (which is basically the screenplay) actually helped me with some parts of the movie that I was left wondering what actually happened. Also I read this in a day and a half which made me feel like I can read real f ...more
Mar 16, 2008 Darren rated it really liked it
Third act crazytown.
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Jun 02, 2012 Andy Zeigert rated it really liked it
Despite devolving into sort of a weird slasher at the end, SUNSHINE remains a cerebral and poignant sci-fi film. It poses big questions and pits humanity against the void of space and the ultimate destruction of the sun.

I've enjoyed Garland's novels — most recently THE COMA — and was curious what an original screenplay by this author would look like. I was not disappointed. The script is neat, the dialogue tidy, and his action and stage directions must have been a joy for the storyboarder and d
Mar 17, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
Sunshine is an excellent Sci-Fi film, the book adds an extra dimension to it and is definately worth reading if you are a fan of the film. There are many aspects of the story in the book which were left out of the film meaning the book explains further some of the unanswered elements from the film.

The only downside to the book is it doesn't cover in any detail what happened to the crew of Icarus one. I had hoped it would be mentioned somewhere as I always felt a bit disappointed it wasn't covere
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Feb 14, 2013 Guy Salvidge rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Haven't seen the film yet, but I will. I haven't gotten around to reading Garland's novels, but as a scriptwriter he's certainly the real deal. He also wrote the script for 28 Days Later. This is a taut, atmospheric story about a ship travelling to the sun to deliver a 'bomb' to remedy its ailment. Garland knows his SF history - he even names a character after one in Dark Star, for chrissakes. Very, very good stuff.
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Jul 25, 2015 Emily Randall rated it really liked it
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This was a really interesting read...I haven't read a play since I left school! Once I got into the story I found it flowed and I was making myself put the book down to get on with things I needed to do...if I'd have had more spare time I think I'd have read it in one sitting!

When I finished the book I downloaded the film and watched it which was quite fascinating as I was able to compare the images the play had created in my mind with what ended up in the film.
Feb 28, 2015 Nərmin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sci-fiction lovers
Very nice film, absolutely adored it! Make me love physics more and the Cosmos! OMG, the cosmos was incredibly beautiful)))I even wanted to die in space! That would be the best end to my life))) Capa, my beloved physicist! I want to be like you! Meeting the sun...EPIC! I cant even...
Jul 08, 2013 Rose rated it it was amazing
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Alex Garland (born 1970) is a British novelist and screenwriter.

Garland is the son of political cartoonist Nick (Nicholas) Garland. He attended the independent University College School, in Hampstead, London, and the University of Manchester, where he studied art history.

His first novel, The Beach, was published in 1996 and drew on his experiences as a backpacker. The novel quickly became a cult c
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