Friday, July 22, 2011
"Just like you and all the others, you want to believe that everything's so perfect on this planet. You convinced yourselves we're a bunch of regular lads who got a bad break in life. Anything else would have cracked your dream open and made you face reality. Illusion is easy. Illusion is the loser's way out. Your way. You and all of the others grubbing around in the dirt...."
O.K. this book kicks some serious ass, it's a wicked horror filled page turner, and Peter F. Hamilton is giving space opera a good name.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Comic Book God Grant Morrison delivers a talk that's about 45 minutes long, worth sticking through cos he comes up with some interesting things to think about...this is from 2000, so it's a pre 9/11 perspective on the world...but he makes reference to a lot of sci-fi (Abbott's 2 dimensional Flatland, Space and Time as described by H.P. Lovecraft, can we mention Philip K. Dick's collected works, Rudy Rucker's 57th Franz Kafka, and Sex Sphere come to mind)...cool stuff...
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Those new to Philip K. Dick should not start here, as it's a difficult descent into LSD induced para worlds of hell......the hell world of the garrison state is a theme that runs through Dick's other works....some really out there psychedelic bad trip really scary stuff here (the eye eater is so creepy) that really wanders all over the map, from nightmare into boredom......this novel is a bad fascist dream....here is a quote:
"Three men, two of them riffraff with lasers, with the decayed eyes of those who had long ago been bought, hamstrung, lost long ago, came first. And then a clear faced elegant man who would never be bought because he was a great buyer in the market of men; he was a dealer, not produce for sale."
Oh yeah, it's not the monsters that exist in the 10 para-worlds that are evil: all of the evil in the world is done by just us regular old human beings....and don't trust the government, dontchaknow...phew! I was worried there for a minute...