BIG NEWS! Jonathan Coulton and I just launched the Kickstarter for a children's book called THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HER FRIENDS! Please do check it out and spread the word! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gregpak/the-princess-who-saved-her-friends
The October #sffbookclub book will be The Girl with all the Gifts
Three-Body Problem, final chapters Show more
I'm seriously impressed by the concept of the sophon. It's one of the most overpowered pieces of impossible tech and yet it's a simple extrapolation from string theory - and making use of known quantum effects gives it a lot of other abilities that handily explain the mysterious happenings early in the book.
Hey! I’m editing an amazing book of #autistic people’s writing and art. 20 artists have produced essays, short stories, creative non fiction and illustrations. Publishing is an industry dominated by neurotypical voices and I wanted to create a space to showcase the talents of some amazing people.
But we need to hit 100% for it to happen. Come check the project out and consider preordering the book to guarantee its publication.
That sound CRTs make when you press the degausse button boost if u agree
I'm still reading through #ThreeBodyProblem, up to the 1980s, and another new book on my must-read list has come out. I think I'm going to skip September for #SFFBookClub, catch up on the pile a bit, then depending on what the October pick ends up being, either come back to the club selections at that point or pick up Dark Forest.
I didn't re-read Requiem. I still haven't picked up Rage of the Red Lanterns. (I'd forgotten the Alpha Lanterns were involved in Final Crisis.)
I also didn't re-read Legion of Three Worlds, which IIRC has nothing to do with Final Crisis except Superman passes through it between Superman: Beyond and his return to Final Crisis when Braniac 5 shows him the Miracle Machine. (3 versions of the LSH, none of which were the one that I actually followed).
I do want to re-read Multiversity now, though.
Rogues Revenge was in the works before Final Crisis, and it shows. It still works as Rogues: Rebirth, but now I think the FC connections hurt more than they help.
Revelations is a much tighter story that weaves in and out of issues 2 & 3 (if not seamlessly), picking up the Crime Bible & Vandal Savage and showing the early stages of Darkseid's takeover. I didn't read it originally, but I'm glad I finally got around to it.
After listening to the audio version, I re-read Final Crisis, Rogues Revenge & Superman Beyond, plus read some of the tie-ins for the first time.
- Superman Beyond is essential.
- Submit (Black Lightning/Tattooed Man) adds a lot by showing the personal impact of the event, plus fills in plot.
- Resist (Checkmate) broadens the scope but can be skipped. (I do like using the captive villain AIs as a way to get around the ALE's control of communication channels)
Three-Body Problem ch 21 Show more
I don't quite buy the game as a recruiting tool.
They're supposedly all about replacing human society with the aliens' (one way or another), but the game doesn't tell you much about that society except that it's persistent, can hibernate for eons, and coming for us.
It conveys key facts about their environment and biology, but doesn't present a culture to emulate. Unless it's in the chapters Wang misses?
Three-Body Problem ch 17 Show more
I love the idea of using NPCs to simulate a computer in-game. It reminds me of the working CPU models made in Minecraft with redstone, except more creative because NPCs aren't designed for circuitry.
I also like the way the author mixes up the narrative structure, with documents, a personal statement, and of course the game interspersed with the regular narration.
Yesterday, I was cringing at the pronunciation of "Ultima Thule" in the audio adaptation of Final Crisis. Today I discovered (by accident) that they were pronouncing it right, and I've been pronouncing it wrong for years. 🤦♂️
A lot of that is probably the novelization it was based on (it credits the story only to Greg Cox, with no mention of Grant Morrison or any of the artists, which seems a shame), but I don't think it would work well as a book.
The voice acting, music and sound make up for a lot of the lost visual punch and visual structure of the story, and it needs more than just the words.
Finished listening to the Graphic Audio adaptation of FInal Crisis. It actually flows better than the comic, especially toward the end, when the comic starts fragmenting the narrative (which is great metatext, but there's a lot of "what just happened?"). Scenes are fleshed out, and the multi-flashback structure of the last chapter is made linear instead.
Three-Body Problem, through ch.11 Show more
Now that I've gotten through another cycle of the VR game story, it's become more intriguing. Presumably we're going to work through a bunch of cosmological models as it goes on.
I'm also really curious as to how the trick with the cosmic background radiation is supposed to have been managed.
And of course, is the countdown really leading to something, or is it, as Shi suggests, just a way to mess with Wang's head?
One of the weird things about the Final Crisis audio book is that it incorporates *some* of the tie-ins, but excludes the one that sets up Mandrakk. Scenes showing what's happening to Batman in the Evil Factory are included, and all of the Black Lightning/Tattooed Man story from Submit...but nothing from Superman Beyond. It (or the novelization it's based on) actually replaces the Monitor who recruits Superman with Braniac 5, sending him off to L3W but not including it!
In Final Crisis, the Anti-Life Equation is able to compel the surrender of free will. Those who have submitted spout slogans about how it justifies anything, how it's so much easier than the struggles of life and love.
It's insidious, because in some ways it *is* easier to offload tough decisions to a schedule, a policy, a leader, etc. The brain likes taking shortcuts around cognitive load. But people want to be *able* to make choices when they want to.
Possible the best retro/gaming bookmark 😆
A place for sharing and discussing books. After suggesting a Mastodon-based book club and getting a lot more interest than I expected, I decided to make a place specifically for facilitating that. So this aims to be a home for creating and organizing book clubs and read-alongs.
Not just for clubs, though. Like books? Want to talk about books and read about what other people are reading? Congrats, you're welcome here.
Well, with some restrictions. No hate speech, threats, etc. See our rules/code of conduct for more of that and general posting guidelines.
Not looking to join a new instance but wanting to join in the discussion anyway? No problem, just look for and use the hashtags.
This instance also now has its own Patreon page to help with the basic costs and maybe even (if I'm being very optimistic) help it grow into more. Check it out if you're willing/able to consider helping me out that way.
Thanks for stopping by!
This instance uses Mutant Standard emoji, which are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Become a Patron!