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review 2017-09-16 13:42
Non-Flash-in-the-Pan SF: “Counting Heads” by David Marusek
Counting Heads - David Marusek

“I am not pouting, and I am certainly not indulging in self-pity, as Eleanor accuses me. In fact, I am brooding. It is what artists do, we brood. To other, more active people, we appear selfish, obsessive, even narcissistic, which is why we prefer to brood in private.”

 

In “Counting Heads” by David Marusek

 

 

SF stories often regurgitate medieval themes and settings, including wars, sword fighting, emperors, dukes, and so on. Star Wars and Dune do this, too. They would have us believe that people still fight with (light) sabres although they master FTL travel as well. Light sabres may be entertaining, but to me they are not serious SF. I prefer another kind of SF, the kind that shows NEW forms of human/alien behaviour induced by alien settings and new technology, NEW dilemmas and choices, and shows how current developments will play out in the not-too-distant future. In short, it kind of sheds light on the human condition as I’ve been writing “ad nauseam” on this blog. David's Marusek brilliant "Counting Heads" has no sword fighting, no laser guns. It does have court cases being pursued by Artificial Intelligence Assistance up to the Highest Court within milliseconds. People being "seared" - deprived of their online identity and thereby being unable to live a normal life. Societies with large numbers of clones such as "Maries" (that often marry Freds, who are fond of making lists for everything they do).

 

 

If you're into SF, read on.

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review 2017-07-16 23:51
Review to come: Counting Daisies by Nicola Haken
Counting Daisies - Nicola Haken

 

 

 

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text 2017-07-16 21:58
Reading progress update: I've read 84%.
Counting Daisies - Nicola Haken

 

I have to be with you because I WANT to, which I DO, please believe I do…but not because I NEED you.

 

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text 2017-07-16 20:59
Reading progress update: I've read 70%.
Counting Daisies - Nicola Haken

Just this once.
Just today.

 

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text 2017-07-16 20:19
Reading progress update: I've read 60%.
Counting Daisies - Nicola Haken

 

My addict brain felt like he’d abandoned me. My addict brain told me he didn’t care, that he could never love someone like me, that he deserved better. My addict brain knew I couldn’t trust anyone, couldn’t rely on anyone. It made me believe that this was just the beginning, that Cameron would keep leaving more and more often, stay away longer and longer, until he disappeared altogether.

 

No, Dylan... 

 

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