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Inconstant Moon 

When Professor Stanley Hurst sees the moon suddenly shine brightly, he concludes that something must have happened to the sun. If it's gone nova, it means the end of the world. It's the ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph L. Scanlan

Writers:

Larry Niven (short story), Brad Wright (teleplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Michael Gross ... Professor Stanley Hurst
Joanna Gleason ... Leslie
Jeremy Hart Jeremy Hart ... Henry Walker
Tom Heaton ... Crazed Man
William deVry ... Bartender
Scott Swanson Scott Swanson ... Silver-Haired Man
James Bell James Bell ... Drunk Executive
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When Professor Stanley Hurst sees the moon suddenly shine brightly, he concludes that something must have happened to the sun. If it's gone nova, it means the end of the world. It's the middle of the night and few people know what's happened. He decides to contact Leslie, a woman he has known for many years - she runs a local bookstore he frequents - and ask her out for coffee. She thinks he's crazy but goes along. He's been in love with her for a long while and never had the nerve to ask her out, let alone tell her how he felt. Now he has only a few hours to make up for his foolishness. Written by garykmcd

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TV-PG
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Trivia

Adapted from a classic Larry Niven story of the same title See more »

Goofs

While talking to Leslie on the phone, Stanley says that her bookshop has the largest collection of astrology books that he has ever seen in reference to the Moon's strange appearance. He should have said "astronomy." See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Leslie: What do you see?
Stanley: [surveys the widespread devastation outside from the window of an apartment on a higher floor] Another day.
The Control Voice: Perhaps how we face death is not as important as how we face life - to live each day with hope, with courage and with love... as if it were our last.
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Features Inherit the Wind (1960) See more »

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More Brad Wright than Larry Niven
15 February 2016 | by flash-104See all my reviews

This episode is much more Brad Wright than Larry Niven—not terribly cerebral, and with lots more special effects than the Hugo-winning story. (I'm trying hard to avoid spoilers.)

This might not be surprising, except that someone at Wikipedia started the rumor that Niven himself wrote the screenplay. IMDb is, however, correct and agrees with the on-screen credits.

I'm still trying to avoid spoilers, though there's not much more I can say without them.

IMDb seems to be doing a bad job of avoiding spoilers itself, in e.g., the synopsis.


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Release Date:

12 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Delta, British Columbia, Canada

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Atlantis Films See more »
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