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BY. Dean Devlin
Report by Adam Smith
The action begins in Egypt in 1928 when archeologists find a
strange object buried in the dessert. The object was not made of any
minerals found on earth. The story then shifts to the present when Dr.
Jackson, an expert on ancient Egypt language, was hired by the U.S.
government to examine the artifact. His job is to determine the purpose of
the artifact, now called the stargate. The gate is moved to an abandoned
missile silo three days after he has been working. Over the next few days
he discovers that the stargate was used to travel across space to another
planet in a distant galaxy. After Dr. Jackson translated the final code that
makes it work, a team headed by Colonel OíNeil is sent through the gate
to explore the planet. Dr. Jackson accompanies the team to be in charge
of the translation of the code of the other gate so the team can get back to
earth. When the team arrives they are surprised to find a human civilization
speaking an unknown language. The team is welcomed to their city. While
some team members, including Dr. Jackson, goes to the city half the
team stays at the gate. That night an alien space ship arrives at the gate
and captures the rest of the team. While Dr. Jackson is at the city he
discovers that the people on this planet were originally from earth. They
were brought here to mine minerals for the alien. Earth had rebelled
against the aliens many years before and had buried the earth stargate.
The main characters are Dr. Jackson and Colonel OíNeil who must find a
way to defeat the alien and give the planet inhabitants their freedom.
Dr. Jackson is a very knowledgeable person with a great sense of
responsibility to take on the trip because he will need to turn on the other
gate so he and the team can return to earth. He is sensitive to others and
it shows in the way he cares about the planetís inhabitants. He is also
very curious about the inhabitants and their history.
Colonel OíNeil is a well known professional soldier who takes
control in difficult situations. For example is when the aliens were attacking
the peasants, he and his men took control and defeated the alien troops.
Before he was selected to go on the trip he had thoughts of killing
himself. He had lost him self in sorrow over the death of his son and no
longer cared for anyone. During the time on the planet he changes and
begins to care for others again.
Both the main characters realize that they must defeat the alien to
preserve both earth and the new planet. Each of them uses their individual
strengths to overcome the alien.
To create a believable science fiction adventure the author includes the
human elements of conflict, love, sensitivity, and freedom. The author uses
many action sequences to keep the reader involved in the adventure. I believe
the authorís main message is to illustrate how important freedom is to us and how
easily it can be taken away by someone (the alien). The alien didnít allow
writing so the peasants wouldnít be able to learn of their past and have an
uprising. This leads me to believe that this alien was very intelligent, but
needed to create the appearance of a god to the peasants to keep them in
fear and obedient to his needs.
The author wrote the story in 3rd person.
I thought the ending was good because the team got to go home
after all the fighting and time away from earth.. When I read the book the
message that got to me was that there could be ways of traveling to
other planets and meeting new civilizations. I also gained an appreciation
for the value of freedom and how easily it can be taken away. I would
recommend this story to others because who knows this could happen.
1. Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, Stargate, Penquin Book, U.S.A,
2. Pictures from Internet
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