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Current Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature

Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 11:59 am EST, Jan  4, 2003

Cayce Pollard is a coolhunter, "a 'sensitive' of some kind, a dowser in the world of global marketing," able to recognize trends (i.e., patterns) before anyone else ...

Gibson's usual themes are still intact -- globalism, constant surveillance, paranoia, and pattern recognition -- only with the added presence of real-world elements (pilates, Google, Bibendum, Echelon, Buzz Rickson's). With incredibly evocative prose, Gibson masterfully captures the essence of a specific time and place ...

Gibson fans will not be disappointed.

The book goes on sale February 3, 2003. Man, this is going to be one hell of a year for sci-fi!

Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson

The Infinite Matrix | Cory Doctorow | Down And Out In The Magic Kingdom 1
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 2:04 pm EST, Dec 26, 2002

] I pinged the elf. He had a lot of left-handed Whuffie;
] respect garnered from people who shared very few of my
] opinions. I expected that. What I didn't expect was that
] his weighted Whuffie score, the one that lent extra credence
] to the rankings of people I respected, was also high — higher
] than my own. I regretted my nonlinear behavior even more.
] Respect from the elf — Tim, I had to remember to call him
] Tim — would carry a lot of weight in every camp that
] mattered.

A short excerpt from Cory Doctorow's new novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, which seems to have some, ehem, familiar ideas.

The Infinite Matrix | Cory Doctorow | Down And Out In The Magic Kingdom 1

JURY SERVICE - Episode 1
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 3:07 pm EST, Dec  4, 2002

] The splintery metaconsciousness of the solar-system has
] largely sworn off its pre-post-human cousins dirtside,
] but its minds sometimes wander nostalgiawise. When that
] happens, it casually spams Earth's RF spectrum with plans
] for cataclysmically disruptive technologies that emulsify
] whole industries, cultures, and spiritual systems.
] A sane species would ignore these get-evolved-quick
] schemes, but there's always someone who'll take a bite
] from the forbidden Cox Pippin. There's always someone
] whom evolution has failed to breed the
] let's-lick-the-frozen-fencepost instinct out of. There's
] always a fucking geek who'll do it because it's a
] historical goddamned technical fucking imperative.

More fun Sci-fi from Cory Doctorow. This one is him and another author basically bouncing emails back and forth.

JURY SERVICE - Episode 1

Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 2:22 pm EDT, Aug 28, 2002

Dol says: A new short story from one of science fiction's bright young stars.

"Ten years in the Valley, and all Murray Swain had to show for it was a spare tire, a bald patch, and a life that was friendless and empty and maggoty-rotten."


The Infinite Matrix
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 2:41 am EDT, Aug 22, 2002

"a journal for people
who love science fiction
as a literature of ideas "

This is interesting. A number of science fiction short stories and a short weblog by Bruce Sterling. For when you get sick of my political rantings...

The Infinite Matrix

Philip K. Dick's Mind-Bending, Film-Inspiring Journeys
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 11:04 am EDT, Jun 17, 2002

To call Philip K. Dick, whose 1954 story "The Minority Report" is the basis for the new Steven Spielberg movie, a science-fiction writer is to the underscore the inadequacy of the label. Dick, who died of a stroke in 1982 at 53, was fascinated by the scientific future largely as a vehicle for examining his own anxieties, longings and unstable perceptions. It would be more accurate to call him one of the most valiant psychological explorers of the 20th century.

... Thinking about these ideas can make your head hurt, which is true of virtually all of Dick's 36 novels and more than 100 short stories: mind-bending was almost his religion. Calling himself a "fictionalizing philosopher," he began with an assumption that causality is a shared delusion and that even concepts like space and time have a limited basis in reality.

"Minority Report" (opening Friday) stands as the most fluid and conventionally exciting of all the Philip K. Dick adaptations.

Philip K. Dick's Mind-Bending, Film-Inspiring Journeys

A Business Proposition From the Fourth Dimension
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 11:48 am EDT, Jun 15, 2002

Rudy Rucker has a new book out.

Rudy Rucker's Spaceland challenges readers to imagine what life might be like in a world with four spatial dimensions. ... "Spaceland" makes mild fun of self-important dot-commers and their venture-capitalist backers.

A Business Proposition From the Fourth Dimension

John Shirley: Glimpses of the 21st Century
Topic: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature 5:33 am EDT, Oct 26, 2001

JLM: A noted cyberpunk author predicts the future. Linked from Plastic, where most people found fault with Shirley's comments. Your thoughts?

ME: Feeling less and less happy about living in a densly populated coastal city with that is internationally known.

John Shirley: Glimpses of the 21st Century

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