Talk:The Postman

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Include the Movie Information[edit]

I thin more information about the movie and a comparison of the differences between the novel and the books would hep understand that atrocity commited by Kevin Costner

It would also be worth pointing out, while we're comparing the movie and the book, to point out that David Brin did like the movie, though he had relatively little involvement in it (see the link to his website at the bottom of the article)--Raguleader 21:20, 26 August 2006 (UTC)
I added a note referncing David Brin's opinion of the movie, citing his website (linked at the bottom of the article).--Raguleader 03:11, 19 September 2006 (UTC)

This Movie[edit]

I actually corresponded with David Brin (briefly) about this movie and how it compares to the book. While there are some nice things about the movie - and most of the heart was still there - I'd have to say that overall the movie was a very large disappointment.

I'd have to say it SUCKED!!!!!! --Yancyfry jr 02:49, 7 July 2006 (UTC)
I never thought I'd watch the movie version of The Postman with my finger on the Fast-Forward button, but alas.. there I was. Bleah.--Pittsburghmuggle 06:21, 14 September 2007 (UTC)
The film version is actually quite terrific and a marvelous film. A shame some people are unable to overlook unfounded hate and simply see that. I think it says something when the original author is pleased with an adaptation. --Michael24 6:32PM, August 11, 2010

book/movie differences, correction[edit]

There're a lot more differences than those mentioned in the article, from what I can remember (it's been years since I've read the book, however).

One thing that's worth mentioning: in the book, the title character does actually impersonate a mailman out of spite for a town that won't let him in.

He does not. He pretends to be a mailman in order to survive, not for spite. Clarityfiend 07:14, 6 August 2006 (UTC)
Sorry, but he does pretend out of anger. Its not exactly for refusing him entry, but his response to finding a feudal structure which is oppressing the poor of the town. He even notes to himself that he is perhaps the last man alive who would take a more dangerous option out of aesthetic pleasure. It wasn't a situation where he needed the townsfolk to live -- he was going to pass them by, but his anger drove him to pretend and try to force a change. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.246.116.3 (talk) 01:33, 3 April 2009 (UTC)

Book/film split[edit]

I'll do this next week if no one else is into it, but I do think (especially after reading these comments!) there should be 2 separate articles. Cheers, Her Pegship 01:38, 13 July 2006 (UTC)

I agree, this needs to be two different articles. I'd suggest putting comparisons of the major diferences between the movie and book in the movie article, and in the book article, throw in a link to the movie article (in addition to the disambiguation link at the top), and also briefly describe the vital info (who made it, who starred, overal critic and audience reaction, as well as possibly a note mentioning the author's reaction to the movie, since David Brin did go through the trouble of writing an article about it on his website).--Raguleader 21:24, 26 August 2006 (UTC)
I think it should be split too. I do like the movie (one of the few it seems sometimes), but unless a movie follows the book word for word, their articles should be separate. --Gero 22:40, 24 September 2006 (UTC)
Agree IanOsgood

All right, its been done - there is now a The Postman (film) page. I have moved all the corresponding info there. -- Grandpafootsoldier 21:07, 22 October 2006 (UTC)

Info Box[edit]

Since there is now an Infobox for the article, I removed the "Infobox Needed" thingy from the Discussion page.--Raguleader 03:11, 19 September 2006 (UTC)

First published in which magazine?[edit]

I remember reading The Postman and Cyclops when they first appeared in either Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine or Analog - but I can't remember which one (I subscribed to both at that time). Could someone fill in the missing detail? --Davecampbell 22:56, 17 January 2007 (UTC)

About russian translation. The book was translated and printed in 1992 in Riga by small printing house "Vagrius". —Preceding unsigned comment added by 2.60.30.240 (talk) 01:59, 26 December 2010 (UTC)

Parallels with Lucifer's Hammer?[edit]

In Lucifer's Hammer, also dealing with a post-apocalyptic world, the character of Harry the Postman seems to have some interesting parallels with the title character of this book. Is this just a coincidence, or was Harry somehow the inspiration for The Postman? Farnsworth1968 15:06, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

Could be, but they're by different authors. Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle wrote Lucifer's Hammer and David Brin wrote The Postman. But still, it might. You'd have to ask Brin, I guess.--Pittsburghmuggle 06:25, 14 September 2007 (UTC)

--- I have read Postman several times. It is one of my all time favorites. I have always felt that the skeleton who Gordon encounters in the abandoned mail truck and whose uniform he appropriates was probably homage to the character of Harry in Lucifer's hammer. Compare Gordon's musings about the likely personality and circumstances of the man in the truck to the actual character of Harry as depicted in LH. And, if any here have contact with David Brin, by all means inquire. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.206.103.11 (talk) 07:41, 29 September 2007 (UTC)

major charachter[edit]

I just got thru reading this book. It may well be added to the very short list of best books I've ever read. The pages authors make no mention of the neohippy character. Odd, especially since he is the calvary (saves the day) @ climax of the book (btw: I started the book and had already decided to finish the book before it was adopted to film).Thaddeus Slamp (talk) 21:57, 8 January 2008 (UTC)


Citation at introduction[edit]

I found a matching citation a sentence in the introduction:
"It has been stated that the impetus for the novel was as a statement against the survivalist movements in the western United States in the early 1980s."
It is from David Brin himself on his homepage, at: http://davidbrin.com/postmanmovie.htm , 6th paragraph:
"The Postman was written as an answer to all those post-apocalyptic books and films that seem to revel in the idea of civilization's fall.".
Alas, I'm lacking the skills for adding a reference. Could someone else change that, please? :) -- Omones (talk) 21:54, 20 November 2009 (UTC)

Proposed merge with Scintilla-tor[edit]

An aspect of the book's plot should be mentioned within that book's plot summary. 331dot (talk) 13:06, 16 December 2014 (UTC)