Quotable: Mindstar Rising, “Hindsight Must Surely Be…”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY.

The most memorable line from Peter F. Hamilton’s cyberpunk début novel, Mindstar Rising.

 

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Hindsight must surely be the most useless function of the human brain, torturing yourself over the unalterable past.

Peter F. Hamilton
Mindstar Rising

 
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The Spotlight: The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series


BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO THE VAMPIRE MYTHOS.

Will wonders never cease? A book series aimed at women, that even us male readers can enjoy without embarrassment.

 

There is one particular sub-genre within the pantheon of fantasy and science fiction literature that I generally don’t read very often. The said sub-genre being Paranormal Romance. Despite superficial similarities with the related Urban Fantasy sub-genre (which I do read frequently), I have always viewed PNR as inherently unfriendly to male readers. Ideally, I would prefer not to be drawn into an argument as to whether or not this viewpoint is a fair one. The intent of this post is to highlight the one PNR series that I feel really bucks this trend.

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Quotable: Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, “Maybe I’ll Go…”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY.

From one of Philip K. Dick’s most influential works, later adapted for the big screen as Blade Runner.

 

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Maybe I’ll go where I can see stars, he said to himself as the car gained velocity and altitude; it headed away from San Francisco, toward the uninhabited desolation to the north. To the place where no living thing would go. Not unless it felt that the end had come.

 
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Review: Perfect Dark: Initial Vector By Greg Rucka


CORPORATIONS CONTROL EVERYTHING, EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE. WITH ONE EXCEPTION.

Not even sci-fi action heroine, Joanna Dark, could rescue this book from the clutches of abject mediocrity.

 

Book CoverPerfect Dark: Initial Vector
(Perfect Dark Series, Book 1)

Greg Rucka

Genre: Science Fiction, Media Tie-In
Publisher: Tor
Format: Paperback, 346 Pages
Date: 25th November 2005

ISBN-10: 1405090596
ISBN-13: 978-1405090599

 
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There is a good reason why the media tie-in novel has a poor reputation. These books, by and large, are lowest common denominator dreck published for no other reason than to exploit and capitalise on the success and popularity of a “property” produced in a different medium; be it film, television or games. For all intents and purposes media tie-in books are authorised, glorified fan fiction, that sometimes struggles to exceed the quality of the unauthorised variety. With rare exceptions, even when an established, award winning author is brought in to take on writing duties, the end results are invariably sub-par.

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Trivia: The Genesis Of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe


IT ALL BEGAN WITH A PICTURE…

This is how The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe came to be, in C.S. Lewis’ own words.

 

You are no doubt aware that C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe is one of the most beloved and successful children’s fantasy books in history. But have you ever wondered what inspired Lewis to write the story? Well it’s a question that has been answered in the book, Of Other Worlds: Essays And Stories, a posthumously published anthology of essays and unpublished stories by Lewis.

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Review: Mindstar Rising By Peter F. Hamilton


THE RUN-OF-THE-MILL FIRST OUTING FOR GREG MANDEL

A near future, conspiracy thriller that won’t have you guessing, with its all too predictable twists and turns.

 

Book CoverMindstar Rising
(Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 1)

Peter F. Hamilton

Genre: Science Fiction, Cyberpunk
Publisher: Pan
Format: Paperback, 480 Pages
Date: 7th October 2011 (First Published 1993)

ISBN-10: 0330537741
ISBN-13: 978-0330537742

 
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The future. A subject matter that countless authors have speculated upon in their writings, since time immemorial. The predictions of what the future may have in store for humanity are as numerous as they are varied. Yet regardless of the endless possibilities that can be imagined, there are a small number of ideas that have gained so much traction in science fiction literature that they have become well established tropes. Perhaps one of the most common of these predictions of the future, that you might reasonably expect to encounter in a science fiction book, is the advent of the amoral mega corporation engaged in nefarious schemes, not just in pursuit of profit, but in order to exert political control over society. So for those of you who are well read in the genre, it probably won’t be much of a surprise to learn that the future depicted in, Mindstar Rising, deals rather extensively with corporate shenanigans principally motivated by political objectives.

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Quotable: 2001 A Space Odyssey, “The More Wonderful The Means…”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY.

From the late, great, Arthur C. Clarke’s seminal science fiction masterpiece.

 

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The more wonderful the means of communication, the more trivial, tawdry, or depressing its contents seemed to be.

Arthur C. Clarke
2001: A Space Odyssey

 
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