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Month: January 2017

An Allegory for Obsession

Fifteen years ago, I developed a minor obsession with the woman pictured above, Luba Shumeyko. It was no big deal. I thought she was gorgeous, and though she hadn’t starred in any Hollywood talkies, I admired her the way I admired Natalie Portman, Milla Jovovich, and Alyssa Milano. The main difference between Luba and the actresses is that Luba’s eventual husband, Petter Hegre, was launching a website dedicated to high-quality erotica, so naked photo shoots of Luba were showing up online every few weeks.

If you’d like to check out of this blog post, now would be the time to do it. It’s gonna get a little weird.

An Allegory for Anxiety

In the opening chapter of Por Vida, a survivor of the MX Invasion blows the head off a synthetic killing machine with a high-powered rifle. Later, a character uses virtual reality to plan an incursion into a heavily fortified office building. Technological wonders pervade the novel, but they are merely a smokescreen for the real issues hiding underneath.

Recent Reviews

I love being fooled by a story. There was something about the multiple storylines that nagged at me, something not quite right… Until it was, and my “NO WAY” echoed in the room. I think in the back of my mind I knew “something was up” but it turned out I was one the wrong side of the line. I can’t wait to read it again, to see how many ways the author told me what was happening and I just missed it. That’s a win in my book.

M. Grubbs – Por Vida

An unexpected gem. I had zero expectations going into this book. It had been sitting on my Kindle for ages and I remembered nothing about it. Anyway, I’m glad I started reading because it’s FANTASTIC. A lot of SF theses days seems to congregate around certain themes and tropes, but Veneer is something very different indeed. It takes an emerging idea (augmented reality) and runs with it into the distant future. The writing is really tight, the story grips you right from the start, the characters are fully realized, and the central conceit of the book (which I won’t spoil by going into) is very, very smart. Highly recommended.

David Gaughran – Veneer
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