A for Andromeda

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A for Andromeda

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In 1970 in the Yorkshire Dales, a group of scientists receive radio signals from space. Once decoded, these give them the ability to build a supercomputer. The computer demonstrates its power by creating a girl called Andromeda. One of the scientists decides that the computer must be destroyed. See also The Andromeda Breakthrough.
Peter Halliday

Peter Halliday

John Fleming

Patricia Kneale

Patricia Kneale

Judy Adamson

Esmond Knight

Esmond Knight

Professor Ernest Reinhart

Julie Christie

Julie Christie

Christine/Andromeda

Noël Johnson

Noël Johnson

J. M. Osborne

Mary Morris

Mary Morris

Professor Madeline Dawnay

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  • A digital Alien Invasion plot -- all done over a radio signal.

    9.3
    I saw this when I was a child -- it was the first science fiction I'd ever seen (yes, even before Doctor Who or Star Trek). Being written by a famous astronomer, it was allowed to use hard-core SF concepts for a mainstream audience. A signal is received from outer space by Britain's biggest radio telescope and the country's largest computer is pressed into service to decode it. The laboratory assistant (played by Julie Christie in her debut role) is electrocuted by the computer, who uses her body as a template to create an android ambassador. [spoiler] At the end of the story the android flees across the Scottish wilderness and the last line of the story is delivered by the scientist who loved her: "We taught her everything... except how to swim."



    Memorable stuff indeed - what a shame the original serial no longer exists.moreless
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