Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Opening Lines: Neuromancer

Some novels have the ability to draw you in from the start. A single line or paragraph can grab your attention in such a way that the novel just demands to be read. Opening Lines is a new feature where I'll share some of the best opening lines that hooked me.

To kick things off here's an absolute classic (although it might not translate as well to a more modern audience).

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.

NEUROMANCER by William Gibson
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The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus- hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace . . .

Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employers crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Broken Monsters Book Trailer

The book trailer for Lauren Beukes' Broken Monsters is fantastically creepy. It manages to capture both the imagery and general feel of the novel brilliantly.

Broken Monsters is one of the must-read novels of 2014. Read it. It might leave you a little bruised and dazed, but you won't be disappointed!

Read my review of Broken Monsters.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The History of Science Fiction

The history of science fiction is a topic I've been meaning to do some posts about, but all the research and writing involved in doing a decent job turned out to be a bit too daunting.

Luckily the immensely talented Elizabeth has done a brilliant video series on the topic. It has costumes, hilarious wit and is far more informative and entertaining than anything I could come up. Did I mention the many, many costumes?

So for your viewing pleasure here's the entire series embedded below. Be sure to check out Elizabeth's other videos. They are just as great and demand to be seen!

Informative and entertaining. What more could you ask for? I think she deserves huge kudos (and more viewers) for a job well done!

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