Friday, August 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Ray Bradbury!

Ray Bradbury turns 88 today. Did you know he helped create the Addams Family. Read all about him.

Glossary for Anathem

Seems like somebody is as excited about Neal Stephenson's new novel Anathem as we are. Boing Boing has uploaded the glossary from the book. Check it out!

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Demolished Man

Just finished The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester. Truly an amazing book, particularly for its time (early 1950's). As is my preference, I read one of the early (although not a first) edition, that I bought on Abebooks. Many of the styles and themes we associate with cyberpunk are present in here, and it has a fast, quick style that really moves things along. Not a space opera with a cast of thousands. The take on ESP was intriguing - the 10% or less of the population is graded as three different levels of "Espers" (also the name of a psych-folk band from my hometown of Philadelphia).

I'm surprised someone hasn't taken this and made a truly aweful Tom Cruise or Will Smith movie.

I also like that it was short - puts those 800 pound paper weights to shame for how much ground it covers in so little space.

Next up is the Foundation Trilogy - truly criminal that I've never read it and I want to finish it before Neal Stephenson's new book comes out in September.