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review 2020-02-12 08:26
Genesis by Bernard Beckett
Genesis - Bernard Beckett

Wow ... just wow!


This is so different from anything I have ever read. I picked this up as I thought it would be a quick read and the author is a kiwi like me. I went into it fairly blind, which is after reading this thought provoking and incredible book, is the best way to do it. This is not a quick read, I found myself rereading chapters after reading them, actively reading each word carefully so I would not miss anything.


I am unable to write a coherant philosphical review of this book but I can just write how I felt when I finished it. Wow ... just wow!

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quote 2015-07-14 18:35
I can say I believe it suits our purpose to make Adam the noble fool. This is always the problem with budding heroes. To keep them pure, we must build them stupid. The world is built on compromise and uncertainty, and such a place is too complex for heroes to flourish.
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review 2015-07-14 18:34
Genesis/Bernard Beckett
Genesis - Bernard Beckett

Anax thinks she knows history. Her grueling all-day Examination has just begun, and if she passes, she’ll be admitted into the Academy—the elite governing institution of her utopian society. But Anax is about to discover that for all her learning, the history she’s been taught isn’t the whole story. And the Academy isn’t what she believes it to be. In this brilliant novel of dazzling ingenuity, Anax’s examination leads us into a future where we are confronted with unresolved questions raised by science and philosophy. Centuries old, these questions have gained new urgency in the face of rapidly developing technology. What is consciousness? What makes us human? If artificial intelligence were developed to a high enough capability, what special status could humanity still claim? Outstanding and original, Beckett’s dramatic narrative comes to a shocking conclusion.


This book was more philosophy than dystopia or science-fiction. I found it strange, though intriguing for the most part.


This entire book takes place through an interview, which was a novel approach. Anaximander is interviewing for the Academy, which isn't just a place of study. People prepare for these interviews by becoming experts in one particular subject area. As such, Anax talks, prompted by the examiners, about Adam Forde and one of the first artificially intelligent machines, this one called Art. (I, writing this, just realized that Art might be short for Artificial Intelligence...)


I really enjoyed this set up. In a way, it felt like a podcast or a lecture, and it heightened the tension as Anax was under so much pressure. The examiners prodded her to get more complex answers from her and to encourage her to explain her reasoning.


Anax had supposedly different views on the series of events Adam Forde had been part of, radically different views, and she supported these through making holograms based on real dialogue transcriptions from Adam and Art.


Though we didn't see much directly about Anax, I felt like I got to know her through seeing how she interpreted events differently from those who came before her. She was also the type of person to watch the sunset every day, which makes her a kindred spirit. Her relationship with her mentor was additionally fun.


I loved the ideas presented in this book, especially when Beckett talked about the idea of Ideas being as much a force as humanity. The ending was a lovely plot twist that added dimensions to this book.


For those looking for something philosophical, this book will get you thinking about humanity and how we perceive the world.

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review 2015-03-02 13:45
Good Story, Boring Execution
Genesis - Bernard Beckett

This book tells a good story. Unfortunately for me, the method by which it delivers that good story bored me half to death. This interesting look at the possible future consists of roughly 70% dry exposition couched as an academic oral exam and 30% philosophical debate on whether machines can actually attain sentience. There are a couple of "twists" thrown in at the end. The first wasn't very twisty and I called it early on. The second I didn't expect until a few pages before it happened, but by that point I didn't really care one way or the other.


I didn't notice many glaring typos (yay!), but the formatting of my Kindle version was atrocious. There was something wonky  going on with the spacing in the paragraph breaks (when there were spaces between paragraphs, which wasn't always the case). Also, and perhaps most annoying, each question-and-answer oral exam section was basically a non-indented, aligned-left wall o' text. Bleh.


Overall, it was just okay. I don't feel I wasted my time, but I won't be running out to get more of Beckett's work right away. Or maybe ever. Life is short, and Mt. TBR is tall.

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review 2014-12-31 00:00
The Quiet Earth: Text Classics
The Quiet Earth: Text Classics - Craig Harrison,Bernard Beckett Klarer Lesebefehl für Fans des Films!
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