SF/F


Via The Book Swede: It appears WoT is to be finished despite Mr. Jordans sad demise. By a Brandon Anderson. God luck to him, eh? But really, let’s hope he does it well. I really loved the first couple of books, and despite the their sluggish pace and endlessly repeating characterization I still have a soft spot for them.

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And so Robert Jordan have left us as well. Even though I’m one o his readers that think the Wheel of Time lost it after book 3 or so, I’ll happily give him a good number of credits, and I was waiting for the last installment.

Here’s to hoping there’s notes and knowledge enough for a ghostwriter to get on with it.

Sooo, Gaimans Stardust is becoming a movie. Wheee!

But, they show the trailer on Yahoo Movies only. Booo!

But what kind of retarded moron of inbread stupid som-of-a-manager put it on Yahoo Movies, the worst movie site ever to be created?! I mean, mixing Flash and ActiveX (?) to embed Windows Media Player? What a great idea!! NOT!

Let’s see, I’ve got a Windo$e XP at work. Will it work? No, because I need to use MS Interfuck Exploder, and funny enough M$ has fucked it up, so I can’t install Flash on it. Morons. Firefox I have got flash on, but lo’ and behold, the ass-licker incompetent bloody visual basic scripters have made it impossible. Idiots.

Linux+Firefox, no. Linux+Opera, no. Windows+IE7, no (because of flash install). Windows+Opera, no, Windows+Firefox, no.

And I don’t have a Mac at hand. Coffe cup IQ bloody amateurs.

After much wailing and gnashing of teeth I finally figred out how to paste the source link of the embedded stream stright into Linux+Firefox and get my MPlayer plugin to fix it. *sigh*

Seems hyped ehough. They seem to have added a lot more action than what I remember from the book. That’s fair enough in my mind, as long as the Gaiman style and pace survives. Stardust is a remarkable book, much thanks to the same said pace and it lovely fairytale-for-grownups groove.

So here’s to hope. Despite the morons at Yahoo+Paramount.

The CD’s

  • Alice Cooper, The Last Temptation
  • Birgint Nilsson Sings Verdi
  • Alanis Morisette, So Called Chaos

Nothing too exciting here. I’ve been slightly in love with Alanis since Jagged Little Pill. And the Cooper album is surprisingly good. If you’re one of those that believes Alice was only good in the seventies, you should give it a chance. Birgit+Verdi is a classic to have, let’s not forget she did not only sing Wagner, shall we?

The DVD’s

  • Pain of Salvation, BE
  • Montserrat CaballĂ©, Beyond Music
  • Dream Theater, Images and Words Live in Tokyo / 5 Years in a Live Time

The CaballĂ© docmentary was very good. I would have wished for more un-intrrupted music though, but it does show without a doubt what an amazing singer she was (and, I’ve no doubt, still is). And what a lovely lady. And what a diva. I love her!

Dream Theater. Live in Tokyo is good. I had it only on VHS before. Live Time, well… I expected the Once in a Live Time album, but on DVD. Of course it isn’t. Hum.. I’m rather dissapointed I’m afraid. I’l give it a chance though.

And PoS, BE. I know very many thinks BE the album is pretty amazing, but I don’t perticulary agree. If nothing else because I did actually see it live, and the album never really could be compared to the full thing. This though, is damn good stuff.

The Books

  • Arthur C Clarke, Childhood’s End
  • Ray Kurzweil, The Age of Spiritual Machines
  • Donald A Norman, The Design of Everyday Things
  • Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel
  • Gaiman / Zulli, The Last Temptation
  • The Essential Epicurus Reader (O’Connor)
  • Richard Miller, The Structure of Singing
  • Karl R. Popper, The Open Society and it’s Enemies

This list I’m quite proud of. And slightly amazed of. It struck me the other night, that the range of topics and styles is quite… Amazing. Otherwise I haven’t got too much to say yet. I certainly haven’t had time to read any of it through. But I’m looking forward to it. Very much.

I should say something about Richard Miller, but that a topic for several posts in itself only. Let’s just say I’m now the proud owner of his magnum opus.

Popper, Epicurus, Diamond and Kurzweil. Nice quartet, don’t you think?

I expect I’ll have things to say about The Design of Everyday Things, at least I’m very much looking foward to reading it.

Of course, Gaiman / Zulli’s temptation goes and in hand with Cooper’s. Looks slightly trivial, but… Damn, its Gaiman and Cooper. At the same time! What can go wrong?!

Via Pharyngula: “Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books of the Last 50 Years“. Here’s my list, boldface for what I’ve read, “+” for those I though very good indeed, “-” for those I whish I hadn’t read, and italics for those I’m wanting to read.

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien +
The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov +
Dune, Frank Herbert +
Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein +
A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin +
Neuromancer, William Gibson
Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley –
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe +

A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
Cities in Flight, James Blish
The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester

Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany –
Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card +
The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson +

The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
Gateway, Frederik Pohl
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams +

I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin

Little, Big, John Crowley
Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick

Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith

On the Beach, Nevil Shute
Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke +
Ringworld, Larry Niven +

Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner

The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock +
The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks –
Timescape, Gregory Benford

To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

Not too bad I guess, but you’ll notice I’m sorely lacking in the field of Dick, Ellison, Bester, Farmer etc. I’ll have to remedy that. Otherwise it’s a fairly good list as such lists go, I can agree to books that I thought was terrible, like “The Sword of Shannara” (I guess I should just by happy Eddings isn’t in it at least), as they have had an impact even though I perhaps don’t think it was necessarily a good one. There are some missing books though.

And hey, Donaldson is in. That counts as a major plus in my book.