After reading Ian McDonald’s River of Gods recently, I was compelled to read another science fiction novel that took place around the planet, interacting with a number of other cultures. As William Gibson’s latest novel, and the last of his ‘Bigend’ trilogy, Zero History was recently released, I picked up the first of the series, … More Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson
Published in 2004, Ian McDonald’s River of Gods is a compelling, complicated and fascinating book that ranks amongst one of the best modern science fiction novels that I’ve ever read. Set in a future India, McDonald takes multiple, diverse story lines, over several fields: artificial intelligence, mass market entertainment, traditional values and international politics, to … More River of Gods, by Ian McDonald
A couple of weeks ago, I finished David J. Williams’ second book, The Burning Skies, and came away with about the same reaction that I had with his first novel, The Mirrored Heavens: I liked it, but at points, I completely lost sight of the overall picture of what was happening in the novel. The … More David J. Williams’ Burning Skies
In 1983, the term Cyberpunk was born, with a story by the same name by author Bruce Bethke in Amazing Stories #94. The term is defined as a “[S]ubgenre of science fiction that focuses on the effects on society and individuals of advanced computer technology, artificial intelligence and bionic implants in an increasingly global culture, … More Stop Punking the Genre!
One of the films that I’ve watched lately that’s become a real favorite of mine is 1982’s TRON, which told what I feel is one of the better stories about artificial intelligence and the future of computers. The movie is a dated one, given how much computers have changed in the past thirty years, but … More Deus EX Machina: The Matrix is really just Tron
David J. Williams‘ debut novel came out back in 2008, but it came to my attention after I wrote up piece on military science fiction for io9. In it, I looked to an argument that military science fiction generally avoided some of the root lessons and causes of warfare, which helps to dictate how the … More Review: The Mirrored Heavens
Last Friday, the final episode of Dollhouse ended, leaving viewers with the end of a story, but like with Firefly, the feeling that there was more to tell. While it certainly wasn’t as much fun as Joss Whedon’s other short-lived wonder Firefly, it outstripped it with potential and stories that really felt like they were … More Dollhouse