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Day: February 5, 2011

[Book Review] Newton's Wake


Newton’s Wake by Ken MacLeod has some good ideas and interesting characters within it’s pages but in the end it can’t find an ending or a villain to cheer for when the good guys possibly win the day.
Taking place in the future where singularities, faster than light travel and backing yourself up before going out on a dangerous mission the story is quite simple: A group of combat archeologists find a world named Eurydice that was cut off from Earth after a devastating war and bit by bit everyone from Knights of Enlightenment to AOL Off Line to the Korean Republic to intelligent machines show up.
The beginning of it turns out rather well, one of the archeologists, Lucinda Carlyle is captured and separated from the group and is introduced to a culture around her. Turns out her family owns a expanse called the Skien that allows for wormhole travel. Along the way two musicians are raised from the dead at the request for a promoter so he can produce one of his off the wall musicals that from the sound of it could have been a book all by their own. With the news of Earth still existing he sees the flavor of the month.
Somewhere along the way the evil war machines someone should be worried about finally show up and then and….I suddenly I realized by the time I got three quarters of the way through this book and I did not care.

[SDCC] Oh, the Nerd Prom carnage…oh the humanity!

I’ve been in the depths of Scrivener tweaking character bio sheets and adding faces to names.  I’m happy to say the application is fun to use.  Picked up lunch, came back and found #sdcc is trending on Twitter.
Decided to swing by the website site and lo and behold:

Last years post about the Nerd Prom Carnage just for Hotel Rooms can be found here.
Guessing from the twitter feed from SDCC, the website is still up and tickets are being sold properly.
It’s unfortunate this process has gotten this bad. Hopefully those who didn’t get tickets but had their hotels booked did not have airline tickets purchased.
In the end, it just means that the 2012 ticket section is going on the list of things to do first once they set it up…