The email correspondence between author and filmmaker (in Sri Lanka and Los Angeles, respectively) is interesting in that I find all behind-the-scenes material on filmmaking interesting. What makes this book such a treasure is Clarke nerding the hell out about the miracle of the then very much embryonic internet.
To send and receive email in 1983 was a very difficult process – and Clarke’s extremely detailed descriptions are a wonderful capsule. That he recognizes how swiftly the method of communication will be adopted and altered is just as striking.
Hyams meant well with 2010. I should watch it again.