UPDATE: I have recreated this story in the form of a graphic novel, which you can learn more about at amazingscifi.com. The book itself is available from Amazon.
This video is also viewable on youtube, with its complete original soundtrack intact. (The music in this version was composed of smaller sound loops, in order to make a manageable Flash file size)
This is a sequel, or follow-up, to Ocean of Infinity (my first submission to NG).
- Barry Munden
*SPOILER* (Don't read unless you've seen the movie): "The Tao of Space is an allegory for the search for truth. Each of the astronauts represent a differing belief system. Their searches all begin by heading in different directions, and each reaches his destination by his own path, but they all end up together in the same place. I attempted to make each journey mirror the generally accepted path to enlightenment appropriate for each astronaut's belief... the Buddhist astronaut reaches enlightenment by "letting go", the European astronaut is baptised, the Arab prays and the Scientist discovers. It is implied that several of them die before seeing their truth.
The final astronaut is symbolic of science, whose "God" is empirical knowledge. I felt the best way to portray this was with some sort of advanced civilisation... a source of knowledge outside ourselves. If you look closely, the alien is really a robot... I deliberately made him resemble the stereotypical E.T.I., as I have always been impressed by the way E.T.'s have rapidly become the modern equivalent of angels and devils for many people."