Based on a short story by seven-time Hugo Award winner, three-time Nebula Award winner and Science Fiction Grand Master Laureate Harlan Ellison ("A Boy and His Dog," "Star Trek"). Story of ... See full summary »



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Himself - Host (as Professor Stephen Hawking)
Barney Curran
Harmony Teet
Donny Lucas ...
Leanne Adachi ...
Samswope 2 (voice)


Based on a short story by seven-time Hugo Award winner, three-time Nebula Award winner and Science Fiction Grand Master Laureate Harlan Ellison ("A Boy and His Dog," "Star Trek"). Story of despised minorities forever adrift in the darkness of outer space. As a last resort born out of their loneliness and despair they are forced to make an ominous pact with those responsible for their plight, in the hope that they will finally be offered refuge at home on Earth. Written by Anonymous

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25 August 2007 (USA)  »

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The short story "The Discarded" first appeared in "Fantastic" magazine in April, 1959. See more »


Bedzyk: Did you ever wonder why you were discarded, Annie?
Annie: Yeah. Yeah, I do, but... It's that thing about Malthus. At least that's how they always explained it to me. Too many people on Earth. No place to stand. The sheep look up.
Bedzyk: Yeah, that's what they always say. It's too crowded. Somebody's gotta go. Why not send the infected ones? I don't buy it.
Annie: So what is it, then? Hm?
Bedzyk: You ever hear of Father Damien?
Annie: No. Who's he?
Bedzyk: He was a priest. He worked with lepers. They used to send people with leprosy to ...
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The Discardable
11 March 2008 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I guess the first installment of this series was about being nice to people (and not blow them up). Come to think of it, so was the second one.

Now the third one was, well, about being nice to people, whereas the fourth – I'm sorry. It's just too much being nice.

At least JERRY WAS A MAN had an edge to it. This is pure mush.

It's all about these mutants, but of course we all know it really isn't, but just to be on the safe side, we get a lecture on AIDS. It's about society being beastly to some people we could mention, this is a story about society being beastly to the less than perfect, the voice-box of Stephen Hawking tells us, and it's very beastly – just so we know.

They're all aboard this spaceship (so you see, it really is science fiction) and everybody's having a hard time. BRIAN DENNEHY at least gets a big hand, and JOHN HURT is reminded that two heads are better than one, even though the other one is very small and seems to have originally belonged to KLAUS KINSKI.

Of course, anyone not applauding such a noble intention, whatever its literary and cinematic qualities, is an insensitive brute, and here I go being beastly to a less than perfect piece of - Saturday evening entertainment. So sue me.

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