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Subject: Supertoys Last All Summer Long
Date Posted: 2/27/2011 6:07 AM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2010
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The title of this book jumped out at me as I was perusing a Bookshelf.

It is  is a short story by British science fiction author Brian Aldiss, first published in 1969. 

It is also the basis for Spielberg's excellent movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence

 

Here is the Wiki synopsis:

 

A.I. Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., is a 2001 science fiction film directed, produced and co-written by Steven Spielberg. Based on Brian Aldissshort story "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long", the film stars Haley Joel OsmentFrances O'ConnorJude LawSam RobardsJake Thomas and William Hurt. Set sometime in the future, A.I. tells the story of David, a child-like android uniquely programmed with the ability to love.

Development of A.I. originally began with director Stanley Kubrick in the early 1970s. Kubrick hired a series of writers up until the mid-1990s, including Brian Aldiss, Bob ShawIan Watsonand Sara Maitland. The film languished in development hell for years, partly because Kubrick felt computer-generated imagery was not advanced enough to create the David character, whom he believed no child actor would believably portray. In 1995, Kubrick handed A.I. to Steven Spielberg, but the film did not gain momentum until Kubrick's death in 1999. Spielberg remained close to Watson's film treatment for the screenplay, and replicated Kubrick's secretive style of filmmaking. A.I. was greeted with mostly positive reviews from critics and became a moderate financial success. This film was dedicated to Kubrick's memory with a small credit after the end credits, saying "For Stanley Kubrick".