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dan simmons is bananas overall and pretty inconsistent afaict. read and enjoyed 'the terror', tried to read 'carrion comfort' and wanted to burn the book after 40 pages.

omar little, Friday, 19 November 2010 19:34 (nine years ago) link

Isn't Buffy the Vampire Slayer also a really creepy concept, when you consider how, throughout literary history, the vampire was an anti-semitic caricature? And then all of a sudden you have an hour on TV a week delighting in a blonde-haired, blue-eyed devil killing racist caricatures of Jews?

― Dom Passantino, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 13:21 (2 years ago)

nakhchivan, Friday, 19 November 2010 19:37 (nine years ago) link

SMG is a jew

Onigaga (Princess TamTam), Friday, 19 November 2010 19:38 (nine years ago) link

guessing he knew that

nakhchivan, Friday, 19 November 2010 19:40 (nine years ago) link

The "bazooka" part is accurate, but not the "hiding" part. If the spacecraft are torchships, their thrust power is several terawatts. This means the exhaust is so intense that it could be detected from Alpha Centauri. By a passive sensor.

SNAAAAAAAAAAP

shirley summistake (s1ocki), Friday, 19 November 2010 19:48 (nine years ago) link

Ha I have just this moment read a Reynolds short story where stealth by way of directional radiation plays a part.

xtc ep, etc (xp) (ledge), Saturday, 20 November 2010 00:12 (nine years ago) link

lol @ dom tryna use fancy pants left wing cult-crit theories to rag on nerds. 'cuz the sopranos is totes pc, right?

ed chilliband (max arrrrrgh), Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:50 (nine years ago) link

Dan Simmons is indeed bananas. I like him.

A brownish area with points (chap), Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:57 (nine years ago) link

The first and second Hyperion books are the best things of his I've read by some distance.

A brownish area with points (chap), Saturday, 20 November 2010 01:59 (nine years ago) link

been reading Hyperion by Dan Simmons...shit is bananas

― glengarry glenn danzig (latebloomer)

They're a blast, just stop after The Fall of Hyperion. I've successfully convinced myself the two Endymion books don't exist but it took a decade.

I really liked The Terror and much of the Ilium/Olympos pair (though some of the racial/ethnic stuff is a huge mess I had to SMH at). I've had Drood for a while but haven't gone back to it after it failed to grab me. As Omar said, incredibly inconsistant writer but chockfull of ideas.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 20 November 2010 02:04 (nine years ago) link

the Ilium/Olympos pair (though some of the racial/ethnic stuff is a huge mess I had to SMH at)

Yeah, there's some right weird stuff about Israel iirc. Still, lots of dazzling things going on in those books. I loved the Proust-loving robot probe thing.

A brownish area with points (chap), Saturday, 20 November 2010 13:00 (nine years ago) link

John Crowley's "Great Work of Time" blew my head up this week

Raage Saga (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 20 November 2010 13:03 (nine years ago) link

Just been to Tate Britain, saw a piece by Gerard Byrne with Dutch amateur actors re-enacting a 1963 Playboy interview with the great and the good of scifi - Clarke, Bradbury, Heinlen, Pohl, Sturgeon, etc, about the state of the world in 1984 and beyond. Very optimistic, albeit lightheartedly, sometimes even satirically, about automation and leisure, longevity, medicine and recreational narcotics, and especially the space race - space travel cheaper than air travel; the moon by the 70s and Mars and Venus by the 80s. Aside from video calls and conferencing, nothing about the information revolution. Makes you wonder what unforeseen transformations await us in the next 50 years.

xtc ep, etc (xp) (ledge), Sunday, 21 November 2010 16:57 (nine years ago) link

lasers

shirley summistake (s1ocki), Sunday, 21 November 2010 17:04 (nine years ago) link

cool i can't hardly wait!

xtc ep, etc (xp) (ledge), Sunday, 21 November 2010 17:06 (nine years ago) link

they are coming very soon iirc!

shirley summistake (s1ocki), Sunday, 21 November 2010 17:06 (nine years ago) link

Makes you wonder what unforeseen transformations await us in the next 50 years

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_jOTDyAXEFv8/SwrkgAOVMRI/AAAAAAAAABo/4B4mXqVaRzE/s1600/waterworld-spotlight.jpg

a ticker tape of "must not fuck up" (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 21 November 2010 17:39 (nine years ago) link

John Crowley's "Great Work of Time" blew my head up this week

Oh, that is a lovely, lovely story. So good!

buildings with goats on the roof (James Morrison), Sunday, 21 November 2010 22:45 (nine years ago) link

Anyone read "The Quantum Thief" by Hannu Rajaniemi? Read some froth about it being the SF debut of the year. Amazon reviews look intriguing but make it sound kind of daunting.

moiré eel (a passing spacecadet), Friday, 26 November 2010 13:31 (nine years ago) link

That sounds right up my street.

A brownish area with points (chap), Friday, 26 November 2010 14:01 (nine years ago) link

whenever I hear the word quantum, i reach for my revolver

e.g. delegates at a set age (ledge), Friday, 26 November 2010 14:01 (nine years ago) link

...and end unwittingly causing a typhoon in South East Asia.

A brownish area with points (chap), Friday, 26 November 2010 14:03 (nine years ago) link

weird, i was looking at the reviews of Quantam Thief earlier as well! anyone?

zappi, Friday, 26 November 2010 15:27 (nine years ago) link

I've bought a copy, and it seems genuinely interesting but I've only read one chapter so far.

treefell, Friday, 26 November 2010 15:29 (nine years ago) link

I've been reading some Adam Roberts, he's pretty good. Not at all hard. Some real oddball concepts and fairly literary.

A brownish area with points (chap), Friday, 26 November 2010 16:15 (nine years ago) link

Also often very funny. He moonlights writing Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter spoofs, presumably for ££.

A brownish area with points (chap), Friday, 26 November 2010 16:17 (nine years ago) link

reading the new culture, am pretty into it

shirley summistake (s1ocki), Friday, 26 November 2010 20:39 (nine years ago) link

The Quantum Thief is pretty cool. It doesn't take any prisoners though. Rajaniemi is a String Theorist by trade; the weird, cutting-edge science stuff is laid on pretty thick and with no quarter given to those who might have no idea as to what on earth he might be talking about...

Stone Monkey, Friday, 26 November 2010 21:45 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

just finished the quantum thief - it was great. a lot left unexplained but it had enough of a 'human' (or post-human even) story underpinning the crazy stuff to keep me reading. the stuff abt the exomemory + 'gevulot' was particularly cool

whitney from mtv's the city (tpp), Thursday, 13 January 2011 19:20 (eight years ago) link

i'm currently reading 'stories of your life and others' by ted chiang....wow

whitney from mtv's the city (tpp), Thursday, 13 January 2011 19:25 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

so are there any good SF novels of the endgame of climate change? I could google, but that's no fun.

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 26 July 2012 18:43 (seven years ago) link

the bacigalupi(?) thing, The Wind-up Girl touches on this. it's not about that, but is set in a post climate change, post GM crop disaster world. (i didn't like it tbh)

(wow, i spelt bacigalupi right!)

koogs, Thursday, 26 July 2012 19:33 (seven years ago) link

John Brunner "The Sheep Look Up"

Dunn O)))))))) (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 26 July 2012 21:37 (seven years ago) link

I can think of a bunch of books that touch on it or use it as background (Robinson's Mars Trilogy, for example), but that's the only one springing to mind that uses it as the central focus

Dunn O)))))))) (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 26 July 2012 21:38 (seven years ago) link

baccy-go-loopy is more about the exhaustion of resources than climate change maybe? but i did read ship-breaker first. i got the feeling that that was one of the coming areas in the genre, that and the neurological basis of consciousness

thomp, Thursday, 26 July 2012 21:43 (seven years ago) link

I can think of a bunch of books that touch on it or use it as background (Robinson's Mars Trilogy, for example

Isn't his new book more about that?

Like Monk Never Happened (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 26 July 2012 21:44 (seven years ago) link

hm forgot Bruce Sterling's "Heavy Weather" uses some serious climate change/weather disruptions as its backdrop. it's not very good though.

haven't read KSR's latest but I wouldn't be surprised

Dunn O)))))))) (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 26 July 2012 21:44 (seven years ago) link

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where_Late_the_Sweet_Birds_Sang

thomp, Thursday, 26 July 2012 21:46 (seven years ago) link

Early Ballard disaster novels? The Drowned World, The Burning World...I haven't read The Crystal World so I can't speak to that one.

Neil Jung (WmC), Thursday, 26 July 2012 21:47 (seven years ago) link

http://www.orbooks.com/catalog/greenhouse/

thomp, Thursday, 26 July 2012 21:48 (seven years ago) link

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nausicaä_of_the_Valley_of_the_Wind_(manga)

Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 26 July 2012 22:30 (seven years ago) link

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Pail_of_Air

caek, Thursday, 26 July 2012 22:31 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

Kim Stanley Robinson's 2013 is very very good (and has a load of stuff about climate change if Morbs is still checking this thread).

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Monday, 2 December 2013 02:40 (six years ago) link

Haha, it's actually called 2312. 2013 is the year we are in.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Monday, 2 December 2013 02:41 (six years ago) link

five years pass...

jonathan frakes telling you you're wrong for 47 seconds pic.twitter.com/zU7HqQjGdN

— *gated reverb snare* (@softsynthbear) April 12, 2019

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