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June 22 2015


26 essential science fiction novels to get you ready for tomorrow | ZDNet

Vernor Vinge: True Names

Vernor Vinge: Rainbows End

John Brunner: The Sheep Look Up

John Brunner: The Jagged Orbit

John Brunner: Stand On Zanzibar

John Brunner: The Shockwave Rider

Bruce Sterling: Heavy Weather

Bruce Sterling: Distraction

Bruce Sterling: A Good Old Fashioned Future

Bruce Sterling: Islands In The Net

David Brin: Existence

David Brin: Earth

Charles Stross: Halting State

Charles Stross: Rule 34

Paolo Bacigalupi: Shipbreaker

Paolo Bacigalupi: Pump 6

Neal Stephenson: Reamde

Ramez Naam: Nexus

Ramez Naam: Crux

Kim Stanley Robinson: 2312

Laura Mixon: Proxies

M J Locke: Up Against It

Brenda Cooper: The Diamond Deep

Linda Nagata: The Bohr Maker

Alastair Reynolds: Blue Remembered Earth

Cory Doctorow: Little Brother

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June 12 2015

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June 01 2015


10 Captivating Short Stories Everyone Should Read


1. The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell — The story of a big game hunter finding himself stranded on an island and becoming the hunted.

2. The Last Question by Isaac Asimov — A question is posed to a supercomputer that does not get answered until the end days of man.

3. The Last Answer by Isaac Asimov — A man passes away and has a conversation with the Voice in the afterlife.

4. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman — A collection of journal entries written by a woman whose physician husband has confined her to the upstairs bedroom of the house.

5. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson — The story of one small town’s ritual know only as “the lottery.”

6. Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway — A couple has a tension-filled conversation at a train station in Spain.

7. All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury — A group of schoolchildren live on Venus where the Sun is visible for only two hours every seven years.

8. Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut — It is the year 2081, and all Americans are equal in every possible way.

9. The Monkey by Stephen King — The story of a cymbal-banging monkey toy that controls the lives around it.

10. We Can Get Them For You Wholesale by Neil Gaiman — A man named Peter searches the phone book for an assassin to kill his unfaithful fiancée.

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— Neil Gaiman, Sandman
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​Write. Write every day until your head is empty and your demons are quiet.

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1. Latin: “New Life”, also La Vita Nuova - “The New Life”.

2. a text written by Dante Alighieri in 1295 - it was an expression of the mediaeval genre of courtly love in a prosimetrum style (a literary piece made up of alternating passages of prose and poetry).

[Tomasz Alen Kopera]

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the library put a whole bunch of these out today and I think i’ve found my new year’s resolution.

Yup, I’m doing this.

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October 16 2014


"The Riot Club"

(UK, September 19, 2014, directed by Lone Scherfig, starring Sam Claflin, Max Irons, & al.)

[...] Der Verfasser gesteht, selber sogar Mitglied einer Dining Society gewesen zu sein, des Claret Club, der sich aus Studenten seines Colleges, Trinity, rekrutierte. Leider handelte es sich dabei um eine Veranstaltung von erschreckend harmlosem, ja fast schon biederem Charakter. [...] Die Abende endeten an der Mauer des Nachbarcolleges Balliol mit einem in die Nacht gehauchten Lied:

I'm a bastard, I'm a bastard / I'm a bastard, yes I am / But I rather be a bastard / Than a bloody Balliol man!

Leser und Zuschauer werden es nicht wahrhaben wollen: Kauzige Rituale dieser Art sind weder der Erbhof eines verschwindend geringen Anteils von Sprösslingen aus der Oberschicht noch der Zeitvertreib rechtskonservativer Burschenschaftler deutscher Prägung. Sie verführen normale Kinder aus der Mittelschicht, aus denen die Universität mehrheitlich besteht, sich die Kostüme des Ancien Régime überzustreifen, bevor sie dieses infrage stellen.

Es ist das Erfolgsrezept des britischen Konservativismus, "Druck von unten" nicht zu bekämpfen, sondern dosiert zu assimilieren. In Oxford hat das Establishment seinen Vorhof geöffnet und lädt durch Exzentrizität zum Tag der offenen Tür. Das Leistungsprinzip der Aufnahmeprüfung, bei der strikt nach Noten und Intelligenz entschieden werden soll, steht jedoch auf tönernen Füßen, da eine soziale Vorselektion bereits durch die Privatschulen erfolgt ist.

Carl von Siemens ist Autor des Studentenromans "Kleine Herren. Ein Deutscher in Oxford".

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