I am a meat popsicle
- Sep 18, 2001
- Inside a starship, watching puny humans from afar
Oh God. I'd never heard that stuff. I'll just crawl back into my corner and rock for a while.
Try Aurora. A generation ship, finally approaching its destination. There are problems, shortage of trace elements, people not having a choice about which ship habitats they live/work in. The story is mostly told by the ship's AI who is asked to construct a narrative of the voyage. In doing so it may have achieved consciousness.
How did you come across this book? I am always amazed at the wonderful, wide range of reading by my fellow Forteans.I was a kamikaze by Ryuji Nagatsuka
The author went from being a student of French to being conscripted as a trainee pilot. He of course survived the war, but the book nevertheless gains momentum as the inevitable "final" mission approaches. Interestingly, the pilots who volunteered to do this were not fanatic nut jobs - the author was a mild-mannered agnostic.
Anybody mentioned Neal Stephenson yet? All the stuff i have read by him has been interesting and different. I loved the Baroque cycle particularly. I admit i have Anathem by the bed waiting to be read - it is a bit of a doorstop and i am a bit intimidated but i should just treat it like Bleak House and get stuck in
He’s a very clever and talented chap. I might skip the maths though (makes me feel queasy)Anathem is an epic tale, with peanty of maths thrown in the appendix if you're interested.
Here's a review of Some Remarks, I wrote for FT mag
Some Remarks by Neal Stephenson.
WilliamMorrow Paperbacks (2014).
PB: 336 pp. $15.99. ISBN: 9780062024442.
Some ask: where are the flying cars?
Stephenson asks: Where's my donut-shaped space station? Where's my ticket to Mars?
Known for the SF novels Snowcrash and Anathem Secret History Cryptonomicon and the Historical Novel Cycle The System of the World, Some Remarks gathers together 16 pieces: Stephenson's journalism, meditations, interviews and a short story.
In articles ranging from 1993 to 2012 he muses on the development of rocketry in Locked In; early e-Money in The Great Simoleon Caper; academic snobbery in Everything and More Foreword.
In a wide ranging Q&A, The Salon Interview (2004), he expands on the historical background to The System of the World, the quarrels between Newton and Leibniz, the development of Calculus, Puritanism, the reconciliation of Science, Religion and Alchemy both Leibniz, Newton and other savants of their time, and the links between System and Cryptonomicon. Perhaps of equal importance is how the System novels turn the birth of modern banking into entertainment!
Some of the same territory is covered and updated to the 21st Century in Metaphysics in The Royal Society 1715 - 2010.
A book within a book, is Mother Earth, Mother Board, (118 pages). This collects Stephenson's Hacker Tourist articles on under-sea telecommunications cable-laying in the 1990s. Introducing divers, engineers who calls themselves cable trash and who lay the modern cables it also provides a history of the art. And Art it is as every hill, dip, and shallow has to be taken into account. Read how Lord Kelvin invented the mirror galvanometer, a new improved compass and a depth sounder, making a fortune from each.
While some of the material is dated it covers the development Stephenson as an SF writer and the adolescence/growing to adulthood of the World Wide Web. 8/10.
The Baroque Cycle is one of my favourites - Quicksilver blew me away.Anybody mentioned Neal Stephenson yet? All the stuff i have read by him has been interesting and different. I loved the Baroque cycle particularly. I admit i have Anathem by the bed waiting to be read - it is a bit of a doorstop and i am a bit intimidated but i should just treat it like Bleak House and get stuck in
Was Whitchurch mentioned Simon? There's at least one pub here with poltergeist activity. Another one I must read is; https://www.google.com/url?q=https:...cQFnoECAcQAg&usg=AOvVaw16l_oa6DID9AqDjd6-x8jYI just finished reading Haunted Hostelries of Shropshire by Andrew Homer, a local ghost book I picked up in Shrewsbury last summer. I must say that it is a cut above many local ghost books, by an author who has put in the legwork and stuffed with original testimony, rather than regurgitated tales as so often is the case. I really enjoyed it, it makes me want to book a night in many of the places mentioned.
Whitchurch certainly has a section... with The Black Bear, Old Eagles and The Old Town Hall Vaults all down as haunted.Was Whitchurch mentioned Simon? There's at least one pub here with poltergeist activity. Another one I must read is; https://www.google.com/url?q=https:...cQFnoECAcQAg&usg=AOvVaw16l_oa6DID9AqDjd6-x8jY
MrsF grew up in a nearby village called Ash. When her boyfriend (who had a far bigger penis than I by all accounts) came to stay one night, as her room was so small, he had to pile up his motorbike gear against the bedroom door. They both saw a figure appear who she describes as looking like Abraham Lincoln. They saw him for a few seconds, then he faded away. A few strange things happened there.Whitchurch certainly has a section... with The Black Bear, Old Eagles and The Old Town Hall Vaults all down as haunted.