Part two of the Dune Houses trilogy.
Here’s one of our rare textbook reviews. This one, however, isn’t about the hard sciences as most are, although it should still appeal to a fair portion of our readership.
In the early 70s, many government secrets became public knowledge. Among the more interesting revelations: the president and his cabinet would not have time to gather their families in the event of nuclear war, but they would be permitted to take their secretaries with them to the bomb shelters. The American way had to survive, you understand.
This inspired Suzy McKee Charnas to write a brutal work of sf satire.
This review submitted by Nibbler.
Hey, we’ve got “42” in the name of our site. I can’t pass this one up.
According to the BBC, the third Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy novel, “Life, the Universe, and Everything,” will be adapted in spring 2004, with the fourth and fifth books being combined into one series for later in the year. This appears to be straight adaptations of the books, rather than a logical sequel to the original radio plays, but I don’t really care. New Hitchhiker’s Radio! Time to move to London so I can hear them!
After hating Chapterhouse: Dune, I put off reading this one until now. Boy, was I wrong.
William Gibson coined the term cyberspace and turned SF inside-out in the 1980s with the original Cyberpunk Trilogy. Idoru, his mid-nineties thriller, looks at the emerging future. It contains some exceptional writing, interesting concepts, and a plausible (though satiric) world, but will likely prove most engaging to people who have not read Gibson’s other work.
Author: Neal Stephenson
Original Publication Date: May 1999
$19.25 U.S. (hardcover)
$7.99 U.S. (paperback)
$10.99 Canadian (paperback)
Having arrived late to the Bureau42 staff, I was unaware that we have never reviewed the great nerd novel of the last century’s end, Neal Stephenson’s 900+ page work, the title of which literally translates as “the Book of Hidden Names.”
The “big three” utopian novels are generally listed as Zamyatin’s
We, Orwell’s 1984, and Huxley’s Brave
New World. I’ve read the other two before (although I don’t
believe I’ve reviewed them), but this was my first read of Huxley. How
does he stand up to the competition?
I was asked to review this book by Fiziko who had recieved a request for it. He asked me because he knew I was a fan of the series and thought I might like to review it. Here is certain proof that “fan of the series” doesn’t mean “fan of every book”.