Announcing the Start of Khiatons Kindle Short Reads

Khiatons Kindle Short Reads publishing program starts May 1st. These will give blog readers a chance to see the kind of works my trend watching inspires. They’re geared towards Kindle Select Readers who want to stream short reads and are composed of approximately 5000 word ebooks. They’ll be available for sale at 99 cents individually. If you’re not a member of Kindle Select, and prefer to save money, I’ll gather them into themed story collections and offer them as larger ebooks and print books.

The themed collections will be uploaded to Smashwords. However, the individual short read books will be kept exclusive to Kindle Select.

I figured this was a worthwhile experiment for 2017, and will see how it goes.

This is the first ebook Machine Learning: Two Short Reads which is available on May 1st.

Machine Learning: Two Short Reads

What will machines learn from humanity? We can hope they’ll hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil and obey the Three Laws of Robotics but Gidget the Gadget may become a respected member of the family, while the Dissembly Meme still goes viral in these two short reads. (Approximately a total of 4607 words)

Movie Review: Metropolis

Writers can learn a lot from movies so movie reviews will be a semi-regular feature if I feel a movie has taught me something writers can use for their works.

Metropolis is credited with being the first #scifi movie.It was released in 1927 and produced by Fritz Lang. It’s best regarded as a historical document. It’s overacting, melodrama, and the fashion sense of its stars is comical to modern tastes. The evil factory uses oppressed blue collar workers never anticipating a time when manufacturing jobs would face automation. It’s set design of the technology is still eye catching. This movie made me grateful for all the progress made in movie storytelling throughout the decades. I recommend this movie if you are a history buff, but not for general #scifi fans unless you have a taste for pulp.

Review: HBO Westworld-Damaging Hosts Unnecessary Expense

Itunes has released season 1 of HBO’s Westworld and I am now able to finally review it. I like it. However, I see a plot hole.

Guests are allowed to act out sadistic impulses and enact gruesome assault, murder and death scenes with their “Hosts” robots. This is meant as a metaphor about God allowing suffering. It doesn’t work as a metaphor for me since what company would allow valuable equipment to be constantly damaged? Especially when the offscreen Board demands cutbacks in the park’s budget. Allowing guests to damage equipment is an unnecessary expense.

This show’s trope might work if Westworld was cast in a far–future, post–scarcity society that could afford to be so wasteful but this is the dawn of sentience in A.I. I figure the Westworld company may not care about the Hosts’ civic rights but what about the protection of their capital and tangible assets?

 

Review: In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography, 1920-1954

In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography, 1920-1954
In Memory Yet Green: The Autobiography, 1920-1954 by Isaac Asimov
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Isaac Asimov is one of the few people who can make their autobiography interesting. He may sound like he’s bragging but there’s no escaping a fact he’s a Master of Science Fiction and denying it would be ridiculous. It’s interesting for writers to see his mind at work and will answer any questions fans of what happened behind the scenes while he was writing his stories.

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