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