"Visually, I liked [the film of The Man Who Fell To Earth] very much...I thought it was striking. The cinematography was really quite fine. I liked David Bowie, as an actor, and as a man, too. I thought he did an excellent job of presenting the character's alienation as I had it in mind...[but] I didn't like the way the film made the motives of my extraterrestrial unclear. What is he doing on Earth? Is he planning to build a pipeline to carry water back to his home planet? I thought there was some needless confusion, a gratuitous muddying of the waters."
Walter Tevis, Starlog #82, May 1984