27 November 2020

Currently Reading: The Snow Queen

I seem to be on an unintentional run of
 Hugo winners as of late...fine by me.



Sometimes I feel like a bottle thrown into the sea, carried endlessly on the tide,
never reaching a shore.
The message I carry, the meaning I try to give my own life, is never realized...
because no one is ever interested.


23 November 2020

Currently Reading: A Case of Conscience


Ballantine Books
Richard Powers art.




On and on the text ran, becoming more tangled, more evil, more insoluble with every word.



 Almost all knowledge, after all, fell into that category.
It was either perfectly simple once you understood it, or else it fell apart into fiction...
all knowledge goes through both stages, the annunciation out of the noise into fact, and the disintegration back into noise  again.
The process involved was the making of increasingly finer distinctions.
The outcome was an endless series of theoretical catastrophes.


 All that remained of it was a sensation, almost the taste of the words, but nothing of their substance.



 Belief and science aren't mutually exclusive -- quite the contrary.
But if you place scientific standards first, and exclude belief, admit nothing that's not proven, then what you have is a series of empty gestures.



Book One of 'A Case of Conscience' (as I understand) is the original novella published in the September 1953 issue of
IF: Worlds of Science Fiction.
If the story had ended there I would have had plenty to think on, let alone to deal with that stunning end.
Fortunately there is a whole second book ahead of me as I devour this fantastic bit of 'sci-fi'.


20 November 2020

Currently Reading: After Dark

 Atrocious cover art



A brief mention: Rangings 2 


Silver John and The Long Lost Friend




The Tales of John the Balladeer

Dark ambient music by: Out of Orion




On YouTube...of course. 

Based on Silver John Stories...definitely watching this.