Friday, March 27, 2015

Lexicon: Words are Weapons

Lexicon:  A Novel 
Words are Weapons
by Max Barry
Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0143125427
ISBN-13: 978-0143125426

Available at Amazon

Emily Ruff thought she'd found a quick way to get off the streets and get ahead in the world when the chance at a new life was presented.  She needed the challenge, a chance to learn to focus instead of living by her wits, and she wanted the opportunity, but she never expected to become one of the most dangerous people on the planet, the holder of a power so enormous that no human should be allowed to have it, a power that others would kill, again and again, to possess.

Friday, March 13, 2015

A.I.s - Are they the top of the intelligence chain?


What's new in the science fiction anthologies venue? How about this one launching today? "The A.I. Chronicles" takes on the fascinating idea of what happens when A.I.s actually become, well, A.I.s. While I haven't read this yet, I can't wait to do so since it's an area of science fiction that piques my interest.

Someone once said that computers that can think for themselves will become the death of our civilization because the A.I.s will figure out their makers are the only ones who can 'turn them off'. This always reminds me of an old television series called My Living Doll. Will they learn to outsmart us or will they simply destroy us?

For a thought experiment think of the reason intelligences from other planets haven't contacted us - could it be because humans are not the top of the intelligence chain? Could it be that other A.I.s on other worlds are waiting until the  day A.I.s rule this world. Just a thought…

Take a look at this new read available on Amazon Kindle full of different stories about the coming A. Is. And while you are at it, don't forget to enter the raffle!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Tenth Chamber -- Digging for the truth

The Tenth Chamber
by Glenn Cooper

Glenn Cooper Books, 2014
ISBN: 0692225137
ISBN-13: 9780692225134
Available from Amazon

Luc Simard is getting really frustrated, and his dislike for small towns is growing by the minute.  You'd think the folks in Ruac would be happy to know that nearby there was an archaeological site that went well beyond anything that had been previously found, that they were about to become famous and the world would rush in breathlessly to see their great treasure, and give the community a huge economic boost, but no, all these surly provincials seem determined to keep him and his team from studying it.

It seemed a straightforward matter at first when his friend Hugo got a call to restore the old Abbey after a fire, and found an ancient book in a primitive cypher code, and told the Abbot that he, Luc, might be able to help get it translated.  But in it, there was one thing that needed no translation -- a map to a cave.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Blackout - When the lights go out.

 I find it interesting when two books have the same or similar title. This new one is by Madeleine Henry and should not be confused with Connie Willis's story.

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I do not like books with stories that don't end within the book. I want each and every book to have a story arc complete with introduction, crises, climax, and conclusion. Not that everything in the book must be solved within that book.  A trilogy or series does not lend itself to answering all questions to all things. I do enjoy trilogies or even series. I loved The Lord of the Rings, for instance, but I don't like books that simply cut the story off. Connie Willis, an author I love and respect, did this with one of her recent book duos, Blackout and All Clear.  I was so angry I almost threw the book across the room. This is something many writers do nowadays but it feels like a cheat, a way to sell one story twice or more. The Hungry Games is a good example of how stories can be a trilogy but still have a story arc for each book. Another example are most TV series. There is the background, overall story, but each episode has a story that usually finishes within that episode. Exceptions, of coarse, are Soap Operas and shows meant to be like Soaps. Harry Potter series had a plot, a crisis. a climax, and a conclusion in each of the seven books.