Quotable: Nylon Angel, “…I’m Not Planning On Dying Yet.”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Proof positive that even an average novel is capable of providing a memorable quote.

 

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“All right, Mei. But I’m not planning on dying yet. So don’t get any ideas about helping things along. Or you might find yourself closer to the spirits than you figured.”

Marianne De Pierres
Nylon Angel

 
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Quotable: Altered Carbon, “The Human Eye Is A Wonderful Device…”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY.

Unforgettable words that are equally amusing as they are insightful in their truthfulness.

 

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The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice.

Richard K. Morgan
Altered Carbon

 
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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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Review: Mindstar Rising By Peter F. Hamilton


INTRODUCING CYBERPUNK HERO GREG MANDEL

A NEAR FUTURE, CONSPIRACY THRILLER THAT WON’T HAVE ANYONE 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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Review: Altered Carbon By Richard K. Morgan


THE CYBERPUNK DEBUT THAT LIVED UP TO THE HYPE

AN ABSORBING NOIR MURDER MYSTERY IN A FUTURE WHERE DEATH HAS BEEN RENDERED OBSOLETE BY TECHNOLOGY

 

Book CoverAltered Carbon
(Takeshi Kovacs Trilogy, Book 1)

Richard K. Morgan

Genre: Science Fiction, Cyberpunk, Mystery
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 534 Pages
Date: 4th September 2008 (First Published 2002)

ISBN-10: 0575081244
ISBN-13: 978-0575081246

 
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Hip-hop legends, Public Enemy, once famously proclaimed: Don’t believe the hype. It is a sentiment that I have adhered to all my adult life, helping to shield me from numerous disappointments. So the first time I picked up the novel, Altered Carbon, a decade or so ago, I was unmoved by all the critical praise it had garnered, and unimpressed by the accolades it had received. The comparisons to Philip K. Dick were unconvincing, as such a comparison must surely be an unjustified exaggeration, especially for a first time author. And as for the reports that the film rights had been gobbled up by Hollywood, looking for the next Matrix; this was not a big deal. But once I had finished reading the book I was pleasantly surprised to discover that all the hype was more than justified.

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Review: Nylon Angel By Marianne De Pierres


THE WEIRD CYBERPUNK MISADVENTURE OF A KICK-ASS HEROINE

Bizarre shenanigans ensue in a future where the media don’t just report the news; they orchestrate it. It’s good for ratings.

 

Book CoverNylon Angel
(Parrish Plessis Trilogy, Book 1)

Marianne De Pierres

Genre: Science Fiction, Cyberpunk
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 336 Pages
Date: 15th January 2004

ISBN-10: 1841492531
ISBN-13: 978-1841492537

 
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At its core, the first book of the Parrish Plessis trilogy is a cyberpunk thriller (at least it starts out that way) set in a near future, dystopian Australia. A setting which is not ruled by a militaristic totalitarian regime, or even a capricious, amoral mega-corporation, but by an all-pervasive and powerful media. Not content with just reporting the news, these media organisations have taken to creating, shaping and controlling the people’s everyday reality; it’s good for ratings.

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