Neuromancer by William Gibson


3 out of 5

This is like reading the script of a video game where the player only has time to react and not to strategize. The prize is attained, but then their hectic life goes on. I migth’ve enjoyed the ending more if I didn’t feel like I had to sprint all the while to get there. This book probably came before video games were established and might’ve been used as inspiration for them. It’d work better as a video game than a book.

Update 07/14/19: Some responses to this post on Facebook made me decide to read a text copy of the work instead of just listen to an audiobook while I multitask. So far it makes more sense this way. I haven’t finished it yet but I already have more respect for this work.

 

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2 Publishing Credits in 2018


So far I have 2 publishing credits in 2018:

“Wampum Writing” is a non-fiction piece that’s been accepted in the indigenous anthology: Voice:Appropriation and Representation in Canada. I received the check for it. It’s a historical piece and not related to my scifi and fantasy works, but I couldn’t help expressing my opinion on this issue.

“Welcome, Furries” has been accepted into FurPlanet’s Exploring New Places anthology. It’s about spoiled cat aliens.

Movie Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story

4 out of 5

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the comfort food of the scifi world. Meaning that its fans are fussy and demanding. People don’t appreciate the skill shown when you deliver a pleasing product yet will be quick to tell you when you’re off. There is some room for seasonings and flavorings but it’s very narrow. I was worried after I saw the Last Jedi but I liked this movie.

Alden Ehrenreich does a credible job despite the fears of the fans. People are quick to call anyone who is cast as a character as iconic as Han Solo and follows after a star as charismatic as Harrison Ford “cocky.” However, that’s what’s called for in the character. I am a fan of the OT myself but does anyone want to see Han Solo’s antics in an old age home?

It’s almost too bad Han didn’t wear a mask. Masked Star Wars characters are allowed to have multiple actors in the role without irritating the fans. Darth Vader has had different physical and voice actors. The Chewie suit is now worn by a younger man.

I’m a fan of comfort food, so I give this movie 4 out of 5. It’s a credible addition to the Star Wars cannon and I’m a Star Wars fan. Some people may prefer a more cutting edge production but there’re newer franchises for that.

Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov


4 out of 5

The mule is defeated by a decoy “Second Foundation”, and the main Foundation is established. I liked this part of the Foundation Trilogy the most because it came closest to a space opera. The other books struck me as mere backstory rather than proper installments until now. I know they were meant to showcase the struggles creating the Foundation, but the scientists’ contention they were apolitical when they’re trying to establish a foundation makes them come across as socially dense or hypocrites.

Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asmiov

3 out of 5

The remnants of the Empire resents the Foundation’s expansionism. They encounter a mutant with mind control powers, and I found myself cheering for the mutant. I should say I’m a Mohawk, and I know what it’s like to have a colonial power convinced of its own
superiority imposing paternalistic policies on your people. Dr. Sheldon’s followers are trying to impose social programming on society even as they claim they are apolitical. It’s little wonder they are resented by the society that rejects their rule.

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

3 out of 5

This feels like a nerd’s wish fulfillment that science can make humanity mathematically predictable. The Encyclopediests use social engineering to further their goals for intergalactic society, and are able to meet their goals. I get the impression real science has setbacks, which you’d expect from psychohistory which hasn’t been perfected by the time Dr. Seldon puts it into place. It might’ve been better if Sheldon had to prove his theory first before he got permission to set up a scientific outpost when he got his commission rather than having it granted so easily.

Double Star by Robert A Heinlein


5 out of 5

This is my favorite Heinlein novel. Not only is the main character a conman he is
an actor who accepts commissions to impersonate people. He is not only concerned with
pulling off scams but giving the best performance possible. This is a rogue who’d be
winsome in any genre. This being scifi he has the solar system as his stage when he steps into the role of a life time.