Prehistoric Pulp – West of Eden

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There’s a nice review of West of Eden on Walter Williams’ Prehistoric Pulp blog.

West of Eden is essentially a more literary take on One Million Years B.C., although Harrison would probably loathe hearing it described it as such,” Williams writes. I’ve spoken to Harry Harrison a number of times about West of Eden, and I know there were a couple of things which inspired it – one was a museum exbibit of a humanoid dinosaur which was created to show what an intelligent dinosaur might have looked like. And the other was the fact that because of bad Hollywood movies (like One Million Years B.C.) many people believe that dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus Rex were on the Earth at the same time as Man. The alternate history which HH created for West of Eden was – in part – designed to make this possible.

After the Stainless Steel Rat books, West of Eden is probably may favourite of Harry Harrison’s creations, and one I’d really like to see turned into a big budget Hollywood movie.

Walter Williams’ blog contains reviews of dozens of other novels, collections, comic books and boardgames with a prehistoric them – worth a look if, like he and I, you think dinosaurs aren’t just for (little) kids…

2 Responses to “Prehistoric Pulp – West of Eden”

  1. Willie C. Womack Jr Says:

    I TOO WOULD LIKE TO SEE MR. HARRISONS EDEN SERIES TURNE INTO A MOVIE. IT COULD BE ANOTHER BIG BLOCKBUSTER LIKE STAR WARS AND LORD OF THE RING’S. THIS WOULD BE A GOOD PROJECT FOR THE SCI-FI CHANNEL!!!

    WITH EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE……WILLIE C.

  2. Paul Tomlinson Says:

    Yeah, I’d love to see this as a movie too. Not sure the Sci Fi Channel would do it justice — I just watched ‘Earthsea’ on DVD and wouldn’t want to see a HH book treated in the same way!🙂

    West of Eden is among my favourites of HH’s works – I wrote more about it on the website, including a teaser of how I thought the movie should open (at the bottom of the the ‘Introduction’): http://www.iol.ie/~carrollm/hh/chap-woe.htm.

    For some reason Steven Spielberg hasn’t been in touch yet…

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