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Just watched the Miniseries

I just finished the Battlestar Galactica miniseries.

Crake: The Ultimate Environmentalist?


Pattern Recognition

Pattern Recognition Science Fiction?

Time Travel in Midnight Robber?

After finishing Midnight Robber, I got to thinking. There is a lot of talk about how New Half-Way Tree is in a different dimension. What if instead it was in a different time? I don't know exactly what that adds to the work, but it seems to fit better, and explain current Touissant more fully.

Snow Crash vs Jennifer Government

Both Snow Crash and Jennifer Government postulate a fairly dystopian future. Snow Crash is very much science fiction, while Jennifer Government is merely fiction, and has nothing really scientific about it. However, both overlap in their portrayals of business, corporations and government in the future.

Camera and utilisation in Slow River

In any world where identity is important, the camera is going to be a focal point of observation. In Slow River, in response to Tok's "Find something," an admonishment to keep Lore sane with the parents she has, Lore acquires a camera and edit board. Lore's filmography becomes a very important part of the book. It shows not only the fluidity of identity, but shows first how perception of identity can change things. "Lore's first projects are wish fulfillment," and are of her parents happy together.

Detail in Delany's world


The best part about Samuel Delany's Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand is the immense amount of detail he puts into his world. In the introductory passage about Rat Korga, the amount of back-story in the world is simply incredible. At first, the novel merely hints at interesting events, polar research stations, and the q-plague. But when Korga is bought illegally and hooked up to General Information, the amount of work Delany has put into his world really shows. Korga is soon asked what the four largest geosectors on the world are.

Reading response

Reading response

Somthing I was thinking about


Gender Pronouns in The Left Hand of Darkness

Throughout her novel, Ursula LeGuin mainly uses the masculine set of pronouns, he and him. This seems strange for a novel set on winter, an androgyne world. Why did LeGuin not create her own set of gender pronouns for use in the novel? Couldn't the use of such words lessen the bias that the reader had to a specific gender? LeGuin had many reasons for her choice of pronouns, and use of he as the main pronoun helps rather than hurts the book.

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