Review of "THE CODEX OF ATLANTIS" Stel Pavlou of - The Factory

codice atlantidaFollowing my "Year Atlantis", this Christmas I read "The Codex of Atlantis" No. 1 in sales in the United States and Italy (as indicated by the editors in Spain). Just in case, the editors have published Thrillers collection rather than on Science Fiction, which is where it really should be, I guess to see if the sales figures are emulated in other countries. (I get? ... I think you go for the 5th edition).

The book is interesting and well written to be read evasion.

A nivel de teorías sobre la Atlántida es bastante original. Parte de la base de que los atlantes eran una sociedad avanzada, con conocimientos más allá de los de nuestro tiempo en campos como la nanotecnología, conductividad, estados físicos, etc. Sus construcciones eran a escala planetaria y aún quedan algunos restos de ellas. Como en las teorías de Platón, fueron destruidos por el Diluvio… aunque en el libro vemos que el Diluvio es la consecuencia de una catástrofe a nivel de Sistema Solar, que puede volver a repetirse.

According to the thesis of the book, all the monuments of antiquity are connected and are actually part of a machine on a planetary scale, capable of saving humanity or condemn it. The task of the players is to try to be the first of these premises, rather than the total annihilation of the human species.

... And they do, but just barely.

As a curiosity, commenting at one point in the book, talking about the biological timing of the banks of jellyfish, the author uses to explain the resonance and makes one of the protagonists explain how Huygens in 1660 when he was ill in bed, he noticed that the pendulums of two of its timepieces ranged at the same time when the clocks were coming. If they moved causing them to lose the pace, they came back after a while to move in coordination. If the clocks are separated, they not tuned.

This reminded me of a video demonstration of this same effect, but this time, illustrating tuning 3 metronomes.

This tuning approach is the same that governs the movements of groups of animals: groups of fireflies, flocks of birds that change direction, fish stocks, etc.

I like to find non-academic books that leverage to popularize science!

Review of "CULTURAL TOURISM" José Antonio Donaire - Vitel • the Editions

Cultural tourism, between experience and ritual"It is a book worth reading by little you feel a certain interest in tourism.

The author knows what he's talking and knows the subject, not in vain is a specialist in tourism management in historic cities (among others related to geography and tourism topics).Turisme Cultural - José Antonio Donaire

Although in principle the book is aimed at an academic audience, the content is treated in a pleasant and at the same time is an amazing scholarship. It is recommended for all audiences.

The book is really dense in content, so it's not a book to read at a stretch. It is rather a bedside book. Something to read for a while and then stop to reflect on reading.

Some of the topics covered in the book are:

  • Culture (in capital letters) vs culture (lowercase)
  • The image of a destination vs. the real identity of its inhabitants
  • How is a cultural tourist
  • Cultural tourism is an experience or ritual

With deft skill, the author will introduce topics that seem simple and goes by going to dilemmas that require reflection, and eventually force you to leave the book aside, like it or not, and force you to think about what he said to you a opinion and position yourself to one side or another.

It also includes some interesting thoughts on web 2.0 and its applications in tourism issues.

Anyway ... A real pleasure to read.

Blog author: José Antonio Donaire
Publisher website: Vellum Publishing

Review of "REAL TIME THROUGH" by Vernor Vinge - Icarus Ed.

"Through the Real Time" an entertaining book that raises a good story, even though it actually three books written at different times is.

The book presents us with time travel, but only forward, using a technology that allows the creation of bubbles enclosed in a kind of ecstasy all that is left inside, getting no time passes for those who are locked inside.

The book extends over millions of years and narrates the history of mankind.

The frame is divided into two parts. The first, places the reader in the near future in which humanity is recovering after a nuclear disaster caused by a world war. This part is fun and is pure literature "steampunk".

The second part is more Science Fiction of all life (to speak) and explains how humanity's future, in the distant future ... although most are not human because something has happened in the XXIII century and have only left the humans who for one reason or another were emburbujados.

The book presents a future society in which humans must live in different times and access to different types of technology (depending on the time they were emburbujados), and consequently with different social models. The main task of this society is to perpetuate the human species, even though the few hundred copies of remaining humans.

To encourage a bit more plot, the author includes a murder, a police century and to some alien.

100% recommendable.

Review of "THE SECRET OF ATLANTIS" by Clive Cussler - Pocket Ed.

Following the books about Atlantis, today I dedicate this review to "The Secret of Atlantis", a book written by Clive Cussler, author of numerous best sellers.el-secreto-de-la-atlantida

Por norma general, sólo compro este tipo de libro (el best seller de bolsillo), cuando en verano me quedo sin literatura y tengo que acudir a un Caprabo a comprar algún libro. Con éste libro hice una excepción y lo compré con nocturnidad (era tarde) y alevosía (lo hice adrede aunque no a traición, ya que lo compré en mi librería de siempre). La cuestión es que estaba mirando qué nuevos libros de Ciencia Ficción habían salido y vi este libro en una de las mesas en las que se colocan los libros destacados… y puesto que el 2008 es mi “año Atlántida”, lo compré.

The book is not bad, as all of Clive Cussler, reads well, get hooked and you keep attention on the book.

At the level of Atlantis, not an innovation compared to other books I've read on the subject. In this case, the book is based on descriptions of Plato and places Atlantis in the Atlantic, but indicated that continental drift has led to the South Pole.

The plot is based on the premise that the Nazis found Atlantis at the South Pole and established a base there, which has lasted until today. New Atlanteans, besides Nazis are clones, prepare the icing pole to cause the death of other humans as they shelter in giant ships. The protagonists have a mission to thwart these plans.

It explained so may not seem an attractive plot, but the truth is that it is. So as summer book is fine. As a book to think and reflect, better find another.

Review of "Mars time" by Philip K. Dick - Minotaur

I've read most of the books I have written my favorite authors, especially those who unfortunately are already dead, but there is always someone who escapes and occasionally gives me joy. This is the case of "Mars time”. Tiempo de Marte - Philip K Dick

Last week, in my usual bookstore, I found a reprint of this book, that neither knew I was pending to read ... so I bought it and began "to work".

The book is the typical book of Philip K. Dick. With all its elements: people who dream but does not distinguish between dreams and reality, people with mental illness, some other person with severe depression, etc ... to a "pre-cog" (person because of a mental disorder is able to see the future or thinking of moving over time [as in Minority Report, for example]).

The book tells of the colonization of Mars and coexistence among the inhabitants of Earth and Mars Aborigines, who are Homo Sapiens Sapiens black, but involuted.

The book is written in 1964 so it's fun to see how the author deals with certain issues.

  • The company raised Philip K. Dick is totally sexist (women are either wives dimensional engaged in shopping and cooking are either more or less efficient secretaries are judged according to their physical attributes).
  • Since in the 60s was not known almost nothing about Mars, humans of "Mars time" are installed there quietly, without prior terraforming or any kind of environmental protection. In fact, it is understood that they do not need as other humans and are therefore assumed to colonize the planet is viable.
  • The canals of Mars are clearly works of its former inhabitants.
  • No computers.
  • Radio frequency communications are encrypted and certain messages, you need a "coding machine".

Anyway ... a book is a novella of the most typical science fiction of Philip K. Dick. Fully recommended.

Reseña de “VUELTA ATRÁS”, de Robert J. Sawyer – Nova (Ediciones B)

VUELTA ATRÁS, Robert J. Sawyer - NovaVuelta Atrás” es un libro divertido, ameno, bien narrado, que transmite conocimiento y que hace pensar. ¿Qué más se le puede pedir a un libro?

El argumento versa sobre el descifrado de unos mensajes alienígenas que llegan a la Tierra. El primero de ellos lo descifra una joven investigadora del SETI, que también se encarga de enviar su respuesta. 38 años después, llega un segundo mensaje y de nuevo, la investigadora del SETI esta vez anciana pero habiéndose aplicado un tratamiento de rejuvenecemiento (que ha fallado y que la ha dejado a las puertas de una muerte por vejez) lo descifra, mientras que su marido, cuyo tratamiento ha funcionado bien, explora su nueva juventud.

En el libro se discuten el papel de la tecnología en el desarrollo futuro del ser humano, cuestiones morales sobre los tratamientos para alargar la longevidad de las personas, el aborto, la existencia de Dios y otros muchos dilemas morales a los cuales Sawyer nos tiene acostumbrados a plantear en sus libros.

Como el resto de obras de Robert j. Sawyer “Vuelta Atrás” es 100% recomendable y merece la pena dedicarle las pocas horas que se tarda en leer.

Review of "The Glass House" by Charles Stross - Sci Fi VíaMagna

The Glass House It is an interesting book with two distinct parts.The Glass House

On the one hand explains the history of a society highly developed in the areas of genetic engineering, in which people decide to voluntarily cleared the memory and change the morphology of their bodies, where interstellar travel is by teleport and where wars They are made based on "worms" that erased the memory of their victims (both individually and on a global level). This part of the book is cyberpunk style and is a bit heavy.

On the other hand, we have the protagonists of this story as part of a sociological experiment and performing a estage 3 years in a closed habitat (The Glass House) Which recreate a similar to that of the twentieth century, almost without technology society.

We also have a murderer who follows in the footsteps of one of the protagonists and tries to kill it wherever you are, and even though he does not remember anything.

Closed habitat description is interesting and is somewhat reminiscent of the descriptions of the ships that are the characters of Arthur C. Clarke in stories like Rendezvous with Rama.

The society initially recreates the habitat reminiscent of the 50s: women who are obedient housewives home, men who go to work to earn a salary with which to support his wife, his children and his home. And together, on Sunday, they go to church to remain indoctrinated. The company is based in controlling the actions that deviate from this normal, on the basis of "what they will say"And based on public recriminations on Sunday in the Church. I could not help thinking of the social control exerted in some societies such as those found in Arab countries or even in some Spanish towns, where everyone is aware of all and in which the "what they will say"The law does comply normal.

The recreation of this society ensures that reading the book will smother much as the protagonists suffocate ... but there is no escape. In order to survive the protagonists will have to discover the true purpose of the Glass House, they will have to discover how to prevent this objective is met and have to deal with the murderer that seeks but does not know their identities.

Only one criticism, and not the fault of the author, the book is riddled with typos. So many that come to irritate the most patient reader (and I'm patient).

Nevertheless, the book is original and has an unexpected ending. Worth reading.

Reseña de “LUZ ROBADA”, de Gary Gibson – Quantum Ed. VíaMagna

Libro interesante que se lee rápido (o eso, o es que las vacaciones de verano me sientan bien). Dentro de la Ciencia Ficción lo clasificaría como “space opera”… protagonista que va de una parte a otra, todo con poca profundidad, pero con una historia que engancha.Luz Robada

El libro está ambientado en un futuro lejano en el que el secreto de los viajes superluminales está en manos de una raza alienígena llamada Shoal, que ejerce un control absoluto sobre esta tecnología y por ende, controla el comercio y la exploración de la galaxia. Las razas que desean utilizar esta tecnología deben ceñirse a las normas que dictan los Shoales, sin excepción.

Por su parte, los humanos (que utilizan la tecnología Shoal) están divididos en diferentes tipos de sociedad y mientras que unos han adoptado todo tipo de tecnología invasiva en sus cuerpos y por lo tanto llevan implantes craneales entre otros dispositivos, otros grupos han rechazado este tipo de tecnología y rehúyen a los que la han adoptado. Las estructuras sociales de unos y de otros también varían y despiertan el interés del lector.

La protagonista de esta historia es una ex piloto militar cargada de implantes y con un pasado turbio. A lo largo de toda la narración tendrá que lidiar con su pasado, con los extraterrestres, con mafiosos y con militares. También con naves que casi tienen sentimientos y finalmente con otra raza extraterrestre. Este personaje es el más trabajado y el que tiene más dimensión, aunque el protagonista Shoal también está bien tratado. En cambio, otro de los personajes principales, el humano mafioso, pienso que podría habérsele sacado más partido.

El libro tiene sus momentos divertidos, por ejemplo, los Shoales, que son criaturas acuáticas con tentáculos incluidos, utilizan nombres humanos de lo más sugerente. Nombres como: Comerciante-de-Excrementos-Animales, Rigor-Mortis, o Guardián-de-los-Secretos-Íntimos-de-los-Comprometidos-Involuntariamente.

Un libro 100% recomendable.