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Review of "A GLEAM IN HEAVEN" Kay Kenyon - The Factory

Flash in the skyA Flash in the sky It is a different book. In some ways is the typical science fiction book "discovery of alien world", but the world shows us is really original, well built and worked characters.

The story tells the adventures of space pilot Titus Quinn in a parallel universe that you accessed through a kind of wormhole when he was in space mission.

The first time you visit this parallel universe (christened Omniverso by Kay Kenyon) makes it by accident and with his family. The family is stranded in the Omniverse and Titus Quinn appears in the normal universe, without memory and with 14 years more (although in the real world have only been a few weeks).

The corporation you work for it apart from all spatial plan and ostracized because they do not believe anything that has (small pieces of memory). Time passes and the protagonist is plunged into a deep depression, until because of an accident in another spacecraft, the corporation begins to give credence to the possibility that there is a parallel universe and decides to organize a mission to investigate.

He Omniverso which tells us Kenyon is interesting. It is home to different races, some humanoids. For hundreds of years, from Omniverso You can see parts of our universe, which made flower a whole similar to the medieval Chinese culture, although race that dominates and has subdued all the Omniverse, the Tarig not know where they come from, have sophisticated technology (with travel space included) and fears our universe.

At times the Tarig remind Goauld from Stargate, Although the construction of Omniverso It is completely original and more or less consistent.

The only criticism I would make is about the irregular rhythm of the book. At times get bored, others get to read hours on end. It is also somewhat disappointing when as it nears the end're realizing that the author can not finish the book on pages remaining and you begin to suspect that there will be a second part. When you finish the book, it is clear that it is only a first part, and when you investigate a little more, you find that is the first of three books (A World Too Near Y City Without End). This explains some scenes filling and uneven pace of the book.

Still, the book is worth reading and is entertaining but does not give it a 10, more entertaining books with which to hang out.

About the author: Key Kenyon. It is interesting to know who started his career as an advertising writer and actress, and this explains in part the freshness of its proposal and originality. This is his eighth novel and has been a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award and the John W. Campbell

Review of "CHILDREN OF PARADISE" by Nick Sagan - The Factory of Ideas

The children of ParaisoThe Children of Paradise It is the second part of Genetic code but it is meant to be read individually ... Of course all this did not know to start reading the book, so I spent a long time thinking if he had read or not. And that is to put the new situation reader, the first chapters are very similar to those of the first book (almost equal would say) ... and a bit confused.

After the initial shock and checking it was a second part, I was reading the book as usual (one hour daily approx.), But as advancing the plot, every time I liked less and eventually recovered memory and the entire first book and my thoughts as they read came to me: conclusion, this book is as bad as the first.

Well ... I do not know if it is bad literary level, because I have no idea and do not dare to issue such judgments, but I can say that I do not like it and surely, I'm not the target audience of the author.

The argument would give much of himself in the hands of any other (in the hands of the father of Nick Sagan, for example), but I think this book is intended to be read by teenagers, and both issues raised as the type of decisions made the protagonists are primary and banal ... no offense ... but teens say they are different approaches that you have when you pass forty.

La historia transcurre en un futuro en el que una cepa de la peste negra ha terminado con toda la humanidad, excepto con un pequeño reducto de posthumanos creados por un laboratorio genético mientras se buscaba una cura para la pandemia, y que como han sido criados por entes de realidad virtual están un poco desquiciados. Esto es básicamente el resumen de Código Genético, la primera parte. En esta segunda parte, nos encontramos con una segunda generación de posthumanos más desquiciados que los primeros, que nos plantean dilemas y retos de lo más estúpido y sinsentido. …Con lo bien que hubiese estado que relatase cómo es este mundo casi sin humanos y cómo intentan sobrevivir y conseguir que la raza humana no muera con ellos. Obviamente, estos temas sí los toca, pero lo hace por encima y sin entrar en discusiones filosóficas o científicas.

Anyway ... I think Nick Sagan uses the name of his father to introduce his books in publishing houses adult science fiction, but actually writes books for pre pubescent teens.

Decidedly I liked more like Star Trek screenwriter. I hope you reconsider and return to the script ... that, or that do not include their books in some collections.

Review of "TUF'S TRAVELS" George R.R.Martin - Ed. Zeta Science Fiction

Tuf's TravelsAs indicated Miquel Barceló in the prologue Tuf's Travels, We are faced with a book that actually is a collection of interrelated short stories including a bridge and filled with history just give it meaning. This makes it no less interesting the book, of course. Tuf's Travels It is a book that reads at a time and it's hilarious.

The book tells the story of a man named Haviland Tuf curious, independent merchant, a man of large (more than two and a half meters), bald, with white skin, vegetarian and lover of cats.

Note: Haviland Tuf not look anything like the character of the book cover ... I think that's designed thinking of another book or just came to read the first page of this. ... I wish the publisher would make a little more attention to these details.

Anyway ... back to the review ...

Haviland Tuf logra poseer una enorme nave espacial (de 30 Km) construida con tecnología de la Vieja Tierra y muy superior a la tecnología actual del universo que nos narra George R.R.Martin, sobre todo en materia de ingeniería biológica y ecología. La nave contiene una vasta biblioteca biológica y gigantescas estaciones de clonación.

A lo largo de siete relatos vamos descubriendo cómo Haviland Tuf consiguió la nave, qué características tiene, para qué sirve, por qué es un arma tan temida y cómo puede “ayudar” a mundos necesitados. Cada narración transcurre en un planeta determinado y con una problemática determinada, cosa que el autor aprovecha para describir sociedades y costumbres pintorescas con las que tendrá que lidiar el protagonista de esta historia.

Haviland Tuf, the main character describes how well the author, ends up being endearing, especially for his love of cats and his curious personality. I guess also because I read the book with my cat next door, purring grateful for my attentions.

The book is also fun because of all the stories, the author plays with the names of cats that go with situations in which the protagonist is. This causes some cats "Chaos", "Duda", "disorder", "Stupid" and many other names like that are called.

Anyway ... a highly recommended book, with situations that lend a good time to think about them and how to resolve them.

Review of "THE SOLAR NAVIGATOR" by David Brin - Ed Folio SF.

SundiverThis review should be called Review of "Until the Heart of the Sun: the cycle of elevation I" from David Brin, Because I had to buy in Paris when I lost my lack of foresight reading. Luckily, on the Champs Elysees Virgin have a good science fiction section and found this book I had not read (or if you've read, I do not remember having done so).

I have a little mental mess with him if I had read it or not, because I have not read strange because I thought I had read all the books Elevation cycle (Plus many other books by this author, among which is The postman [That of the homonymous film directed and carried by Kevin Costner] and a prequel The foundation de Asimov) pero al leer la contraportada de éste me di cuenta de que no lo había leído. Y al leerlo entero, creo positivamente que no lo había leído. Por otra parte, podría consultar mi biblioteca, pero resulta que estos libros que fueron escritos hace tanto tiempo (este es de 1980 y supongo que si lo leí, lo habría hecho sobre 1988-90) los tengo en el fondo de la biblioteca y no alcanzo a verlos si no saco un par de niveles que tengo superpuestos a estos. En fin… un drama. Cuando sea rica tendré una biblioteca enorme que me permita leer los lomos de todos los libros. O eso… o digitalizo todo lo que tengo ahora. En parte, el posible olvido y la falta de facilidades para la consulta fue lo que me motivó a escribir estas reseñas en el blog. Al menos ahora estoy segura de recordar lo que he leído estos dos últimos años.

But ... we go to the book review of Brin.

Like all books Elevation cycle based on the premise that humans have contact with other races of the universe, but it seems that none of these races has reached the stars without the help of a guide race that has helped her rise.

In the case of humans, it seems that no one helped us rise ... or someone helped us, but for unknown reasons abandoned us to our fate. This causes both on Earth and beyond, there factions are in favor of a thesis and factions are in favor of the other, which causes some friction between humans, and between humans and aliens.

The civil organization of our world is curious to say the least and Brin describes it in detail.

Despite being "orphaned" humans are respected by the other races of the universe because in turn have raised two landraces: dolphins and chimpanzees.

In this particular book, they show signs of a race of strange beings half average power field, living in the sun. So an expedition was organized to our sun king to try to establish contact with this race and discover, eventually, if it is or is not who gave us a hand in raising.

The characters are endearing and have depth. Aliens from the high races are very curious and description of their societies lends itself to dream to see them sometime. Also the description of solar ship and the technology used to avoid being burned (stasis field generator amending spacetime outside deck of the ship) is detailed and interesting.

The book is highly recommendable, and whether they had read or not, I'm happy having spent a few days of my vacation.

A "drone" to monitor beaches and forests

I have just seen in the French press that this summer our neighbors to the north have launched a drone that will watch over the coasts of its coastline and its forests.French army drone

They are small, completely autonomous airplanes that travel following a pre-established route and that are relaying images and telemetry. The new ones drones in addition, they have the capacity to detect anomalies in the images they broadcast, hence they are considered “drones”And not miniature airplanes.

The first to use this type of drone It was the United States and they obviously did it for military purposes. Since last year in this country, this technology began to be used for the surveillance and prevention of forest fires.

The French claim to have developed at the ENAC (Ecole Nationale de Aviation Civile) in Toulouse a small drone similar to the American who will look for banks of jellyfish, oil remains floating in the sea, will warn of any anomaly that it detects and like its American counterpart, it will also carry out forest surveillance tasks when they are not flying along the French coast. The French army has also just incorporated this type of drone to its army, although with less "green" purposes than that of the ENAC (it was presented during the celebrations of July 14 of this year).Drone developed by ENAC

(All of this is going to further confuse UFO spotters)

I love that this type of technology is being developed and I find it super useful, although I am afraid this is moving towards the “paparazzi drones"Programmed to follow with their cameras whoever, instead of towards the"drone verdes ONG”.

Looking for images of the drone French I found this ENAC wiki created for the community of software and hardware developers to drones: http://paparazzi.enac.fr/wiki/Get_Hardware ... I fear the worst, not from this community, of course, but it is inevitable that this ends up leading to people's control.

(By the way, as a curiosity and for those who are interested, these drones work with Linux [Debian] operating system).

Review of "THE RESURRECTION OF ANTARCTIC" Jeremy Robinson - Thriller (Via Magna)

Although The Resurrection of Antarctica It is not published in the collection Quantum Via Magna, it is a science fiction book.Resurrection of Antarctica

El argumento que el autor plantea en el libro se basa el análisis de las consecuencias de un movimiento súbito de la corteza terrestre (al margen de la tectónica de placas), que provoca que todos los continentes queden movidos unos 40 grados respecto su posición actual. Así, los nuevos polos están ocupados por EE.UU y Australia, respectivamente, y la Antártida florece con una selva tropical.

Según la hipótesis del autor, éste fenómeno ocurre cada 10.000 años porque la Tierra gira sobre su órbita tambaleándose levemente debido a la acumulación de hielo en los polos, y es el desequilibrio entre el peso del Polo Sur y el del Polo Norte lo que provoca que cada cierto tiempo parte de la corteza se deslice encima del magma sobre el que flota. Esto explica mitos como el Diluvio Universal y un gran número de leyendas parecidas… también el de la Atlántida, aunque el autor no la nombra.

Obviously following the global catastrophe caused by the movement of the earth's crust, a large part of the population has perished beneath the waters that caused the melting of the poles and the world has great difficulty in reaching the millions wounded and displaced they have survived the frost that occurred in areas that are now the poles.

Following such an American custom (and I've never understood), the world decides that Antarctica to claim a race in which there will be three winning teams will be divided this continent is organized. So every country prepares its teams.

Once in Antarctica, teams to various types of risk will face: animals that have revived thanks to the Anhydrobiosis (a kind of liofiliación but allows animals to revive ... I know there are certain agencies that do have this capacity for regeneration ), dinosaurs and finally to biblical demons that the author calls Nephilim.

Since Jeremy Robinson (author) is scriptwriter, the whole book has pace and is very well told. If something sins, is that at times we seem to be in the chapter of a TV series.

One issue that yes I liked is how the author mixes crustal movements and the whole issue of the cycles of 10,000 years, with the map Piri Reis (An Ottoman map based on another map 1,500 years prior to Columbus in which the coasts of America and Antarctica appear). Jeremy Robinson makes the characters will appear mapped finding areas on this map and this gives an additional interest to the story.

One thing that strikes the author is the extreme religiosity of one of the protagonists ... it's almost as if we were reading science fiction Orson Scott Card ... although in the book's foreword, the author confesses that is Christian and prepares us for what We await us during reading.

However, the book reads well and is fun. Hooked from the first chapter and is one of those that if I get to catch during August, I would have read it in one fell swoop, regardless of the number of hours it took to spend. As it has been the case and apart from work in the office I had to teach, I used 4 days ... but I recognize that there have been times when I have heard bad having to leave the book for another quiet time.

Looking image to illustrate this blog post I found this video presentation ... not surprise me that the book ends in film ... the trailer for presentation have carefully worked.

More information about the Anhydrobiosis: anhydrobiosis
Information on Piri Reis map: Piri Reis Map

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Review of "UNINHABITED SPACE" Jerry Oltion - Quantum, Ed Via Magna.

Uninhabited spaceUninhabited space I could not tell if a science fiction book or not ...

The book consists of two distinct parts, one part type Dutchman mixed with science fiction novel, then, clearly a part of Fantasy and semi novel Epic. So it becomes difficult to classify in a single genre.

El argumento nos presenta un astronauta desencantado con el plan actual de exploración espacial (que se limita a enviar astronautas a la Estación Espacial Internacional) y que sueña con poder volar algún día a la Luna. La acción se sitúa unos años en el futuro y todo empieza el día siguiente del funeral de Neil Amstrong, cuando un cohete fantasma, idéntico a un Saturno V, aparece en Cabo Cañaveral y despega hacia la Luna. Esto se repite de forma fija durante tres meses, hasta que nuestro astronauta decide entrar en una de estas naves fantasma e ir a la Luna en ella… pasando antes por la Estación Espacial Internacional a recoger a una “amiga”. En el viaje a la Luna descubren que cuando la humanidad tiene interés en la nave, la nave funciona, y cuando la humanidad pierde interés, la nave se vuelve invisible. Así que les queda claro, que la realidad la crea el pensamiento conjunto de la humanidad y que por lo tanto tienen que canalizar la voluntad de la humanidad (todo muy Zen hasta aquí… y a mí me hubiera gustado que desarrollase más esta parte desde un punto de vista científico).

Cuando regresan a la Tierra, la novela da un giro total hacía la Fantasía y se explora cómo sería nuestra sociedad si con el pensamiento se puediera crear la realidad… lo malo es que no lo analiza desde una perspectiva científica, sino desde la fantástica… hasta crean dragones voladores a partir de la voluntad de la gente y hacen aparecer el Rey Arturo… por suerte, también tenemos la CIA que desea controlar los poderes canalizadores/creadores que poseen nuestros protagonistas, y hacia al final, aparece también un dictador en Europa que intenta conquistar el continente con un ejército creado con la mente de su pueblo y canalizando su voluntad a través de él. Por lo que a mí respecta, pierde interés a partir del momento en el que los astronautas regresan a la Tierra, aunque es un libro que he leído en 3 días porque engancha, está bien escrito y es imaginativo.

The book is based on a novella Jerry Oltion who won the Nebula Award in 1997 and bearing the same title as this: "Abandon in Place". About the author, I recognize that he did not know and had never heard of him. In the review on it that is included in the book he is said to have been a gardener, stonemason, carpenter, oil, Ranger, Surveyor, disk jockey rock, typesetter, proofreader, editor, computer specialist, an extra in films, excretory and driver garbage truck ... also indicates that the author of a hundred short stories and a dozen novels.

Overall a weekend book, which does not think much (beyond the issue of whether actually create reality with our thoughts), but it is entertaining and can be read well is. 100% recommended if you do not have high expectations.

Review of "TITAN" Ben Bova, the Factory of Ideas

This is a book of science fiction classic that will appeal to fans of the books of CF is lifelong. In him we have space exploration, descriptions of new worlds, sense of wonder that spreads the reader, sociological analysis of companies subject to the restrictions that entails life in a small habitat, etc.Titan Ben Bova

Read a book like this, from time to time, is comforting, but at the same time, is remind a how much has changed science fiction, and therefore how long it takes reading novels of this genre ... and unequivocally, it always ends remembering how old a ... but ... let's leave this issue and focus on "Titan".

Reading "Titan" dirías que estás leyendo una novela escrita en tiempos de los dos grandes maestros ya difuntos: Asimov y Clarke. Pero no… Ben Bova la escribió en 2006. Una vez conoces este dato, no puedes evitar pensar si este Ben Bova, será o no será el mismo Ben Bova editor de Asimov y de otros muchos autores de Ciencia Ficción, ganador de un sinfín de premios y mítico en el mundo de la CF… y resulta que sí, que es el mismo. Lo que nos lleva a pensar ¿qué edad debe tener Ben Bova? Menos mal que tenemos a Wikipedia que nos saca de estos apuros y nos ofrece este tipo de información. Así que descubrimos que Ben Bova nació en 1932, que por lo tanto, tiene 77 años (Ver ficha de Ben Bova in Wikipedia) And that indeed is the same Ben Bova who have spent years following through the books we read, but which, as far as I'm concerned, there was a silence that has lasted nearly a decade.

It is not surprising then that the book written by this author seems out mismamente an open fracture time in our library. It really is from another time.

Bromas aparte, el libro está bien escrito y la narración tiene ritmo. Se lee muy rápido, excepto quizás algún trozo que hace referencia a una campaña electoral en el hábitat en el que viven nuestros protagonistas (y que imagino que no es culpa del autor, sino de la saturación en campañas electorales que sufrimos los lectores), y deja buen sabor de boca.

El argumento nos narra las aventuras de varios personajes que viven en una gigantesca nave colonia (que recuerda mucho a las naves de los diversos libros de Rama de Clarke) y que orbita en el espacio próximo a Saturno. En esta nave encontramos a científicos que están estudiando a Titán (uno de los satélites de Saturno), encontramos a científicos que están estudiando los anillos de Saturno, encontramos a astronautas jubilados, a un administrador del hábitat que no tiene escrúpulos a la hora de perpetuar su poder en el mismo, a exiliados políticos, y a un sinfín de personajes secundarios que dan dimensión al resto de personajes y crean un contexto en el que puede desarrollarse una historia creíble e interesante.

The book without hesitation, is 100% recommended.

I read somewhere that this book had been written taking advantage of the interest generated by Titan following the landing of the European spacecraft Huygens, who was traveling inside the NASA spacecraft Cassini and reached Titan in January 2005. It is possible so be it, although the Castilian version of this novel has come a little late to Spain and here in 2009, almost no one remembers or Huygens and Cassini as names of spacecraft and space missions, but as scientists who they took their name.

While writing these lines I realized that I knew nothing of these ships for some time and I have sought information. I discovered that no news about them since July 2008 ... I guess Huygens should be abandoned on the surface of Titan and Cassini should be orbiting Saturn sending data to NASA ... so ESA is concerned, the mission ended in 2008.

For those who want to refresh your memory on these ships, here are the links:

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Review of "HEAVENS REFLECTED" by David J. Williams, Ed Via Magna. - Quantum

Skies Reflected a different book. It is a novel of Science fiction fresh and entertaining tells stories that intertwine 3 and lead both the Earth-Moon system and through cyberspace.Mirrored heavens

Its author, David J. Williams, debuts with this novel and is perhaps why it has something special that is not found in other books: the approaches are different and both scientific and social developments are also different. So, it's so interesting both for the story that tells how the atmosphere.

The book tells us three stories mechs Y razors (In some cases the same sex, in others of the opposite sex), which have different missions and end up converging on an unexpected end.

The mechs They are more or less what would be an elite commando, someone with special training missions high physical violence.

The razors They are more or less the same, but trained to work in cyberspace and enter through any network to hack all kinds of systems and information legally or illegally.

The mechs and the razors They can work together or separately, and both the former and the others have no qualms about killing ordinary citizens.

Society in which pass the adventures of our five protagonists is a company located in the XXII century in which humanity has already built a space elevator (hopefully not be necessary to wait as long as in the book) but contrary to what we believe would be an advanced society, this is not an idyllic society in which nations are understood, but quite the opposite: in the first chapters of an unknown faction lift loads and shows how weak were the foundations of peace which it had led to the construction of this great engineering work.

The mission of some of the protagonists will be to discover the saboteurs of the space elevator, the other is fleeing for reasons unknown to us, and which is decoupled is killing someone who will make the balance of power runs decanting by one of the sides involved in the game that we discover along the narrative.

In this story we have colonies on the moon, spacecraft, transport of all types, combat drones on Earth ... and we have great metropolis in which there is a span without building and whole areas that are post apocalyptic. Some of the players have contributed to the destruction of any of these major cities. The world is divided into two parts, the Western and Asian (Europe is part of Asian side), and both a part and the other coexist affluence and misery.

Overall, this is a novel that keeps pace and engaging, although initially a bit disconcerting. The action scenes involved in our mechs Y razors They are well told. The chapters are very short and will explain the three stories that intersect on up, it forces the reader to be attentive and watch carefully what happens every time. It is a good book and easy to read despite its 590 pages.

100% recommendable.

There is a website where you can learn more about this work and recreating society: http://cielosreflejados.com/

Review of "Philip K. Dick, TALES COMPLETE V" by Philip K. Dick - Ed Minotauro.

This is the fifth installment of this collection of short stories by Philip K. Dick. Each and every one of them worth being read, and this is no exception.Philip K Dick, V Full Story

All short stories by Philip K. Dick have something special ... something that only this author is able to get from the first paragraphs of his stories: a promise that something big will happen and he will tell us. As an example here's the first paragraph of one of the 24 stories included in this release, the story is entitled "I hope to arrive soon”:

After takeoff, the ship routinely checked the status of the sixty people who slept in cryogenic tanks. It appeared an anomaly in the subject number nine. His electroencephalogram showed brain activity.
Shit << >>, said the ship
.”

These four lines are enough to stay hooked and want to read more. It is not surprising that the author is of the opinion that "what matters it is not what happened, but how to tell the tale". Dick is a master telling stories.

Although as Thomas M. Disch indicated in the introduction of this release, the books of Philip K. Dick are written for writers, not readers. Thomas M. Disch refers to the fact that at the end of reading the stories of this author have the feeling that there would a very good novel "long". And in fact films like Minority Report, Total Recall (I do not remember his name ... is Castilian Schwarzenegger on Mars) or Blade RunnerThey are based on short stories by Philip K. Dick. All these stories appear in the collection of 5 short stories deliveries of the latter book is part. Specifically in this fifth installment stories written between 1963 and 1980 are collected.

Some of the stories are hilarious, others leave you bemused, others are worthy psychedelic stories, so typical of this author ... and there are even some of them that surprises with its hardness. I am referring to "Las Prepersonas"A story that chronicles the lives of members of a society in which abortion is permitted up to 12 year old children. That is, parents have the option of "abort"Freely until the children reach age 12 and are no longer"pre-persons"To become people with rights. A story that makes one wonder.

At the end of the book, the same Philip K. Dick says each of the narratives and helps place them in their creative context.

The book is 100% recommended.