Archive for Science fiction

Some interesting food for thought for you

Posted in Words with tags , , on March 13, 2009 by bradellison

A little science fiction novella about first contact with a couple of alien races whose values differ rather radically from our own.  The dilemma: how do we respond to a species whose ethical system is much like ours, except built upon a foundation of eating babies?

The questions raised are fascinating.  Any answers the story might be said to offer are probably less so.  I don’t trust the author’s ideology enough to go along with all his conclusions (and frankly, I think the man’s a bit loopy, although I guess it’s just as well that somebody is standing on the walls trying to make sure Skynet doesn’t come into existence and cause Judgement Day), but the questions he’s asking deserve consideration.

Also interesting is the fact that there are really three alien cultures at work in this story.  The humans are recognizeably human, but their society is not our society.


We are living in a cyberpunk future right now

Posted in Stuff I think is cool with tags , , , on March 12, 2009 by bradellison

We stand at the cusp of Augmented Reality.

The future is a quite exciting place.  The world our children will inherit is, I suspect, beyond imagining, as our world is beyond the imagining of an eighteenth-century yeoman farmer.  Wonders will multiply, art and communication and commerce and socialization will evolve in ways we can’t anticipate, and the waking world will blend with the world of dreams.

Of course, people will always be people.  The barking of the marketplace dogs will continue to be essential.  And there’s no telling what kind of devilry our grandchildren will get up to with the godlike powers science will bestow upon them.  New technology creates the potential for new sins.

Or maybe things won’t turn out that way at all.  Prognostication is tricky.  In the golden age of pulp SF, the pages of Amazing Stories teemed with adventures set in the far off days of the 1990s, when man would have colonized Venus but would still perform his spaceship navigation using a slide rule.

Still, it’s all very exhilarating, isn’t it?