De Weldon, who created the U. Suribachi on Iwo Jima, died of causes associated with old age on June 2 in a nursing home in Woodstock, Va. During a career that spanned more than 70 years, De Weldon created more than 1, public monuments on seven continents, including a monument of Adm.
I postponed updating this list because I wanted to find out if the library had records of the books I borrowed and returned in January. I have such a poor sense of time in cojunction with a swiss-cheese memory. It turns out that in this post-Patriot Act world they erase patron records as soon as borrowed items are returned.
Sigh, so my best guess is that the two Hugo award winners I read before Spin were completed in January. I remember curling up much of New Year's Day and thereabouts So here are my prequel posts.
A very interesting book, but not one I am interested in rereading. It is a very unusual parallel-universe premise where the state of Israel is never created.
Instead, the United States offers temporary residence to Jews up in Alaska.
They have their own bureaucratic territory with their own law enforcement and so on, much like our current reservation system for Native American tribes. However, the expiration date for this Jewish territory is fast approaching, reminiscent of the handover of Hong Kong to China in This is a noir murder mystery complete with the requisite broken-down police detective, bleak atmosphere, run-down motels for transients, ex-wife cum superior officer, run-ins with street thugs, and on and on.
Chabon's prose is very evocative and lyrical in an ugly and angular sort of way. I have not read any of his other books, so I don't know whether his descriptive artistry always has such an unpleasant tang, or if it is a function of the genre he is portraying. His dialogue and characterizations were spot on.
I could just hear the Yiddish and see the hands waving in classic form as portrayed in endless movies and TV shows. He weaves all of the characters together into a well-rounded plot brought to a fairly neat and tidy end, yet without resolving any of the bigger issues facing the people in the story.
I thought the first two were fantastic. I like this one as well, but it is perhaps not quite as interesting to me personally because it is not grappling with the big ideas involved in the physics of space travel and intergalactic civilizations and alien biology.
Instead, it is a near-future novel that isn't quite cyberpunk and isn't quite as radical as Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Ageanother spectacular Hugo award winner. Vinge continues to explore ideas about the future of humanity. Rather than following the cyborg trajectory of computer interfaces, Vinge describes a virtual reality superimposed on the landscape through a network of wireless transmitters and accessed through microprocessors integrated into clothing, contacts, and other personal paraphernalia.
The communication technology and activities such as silent messaging, or sming he describes are only a couple steps removed from today. Sadly for us, the medical technology is far more futuristic and improbable. The pivotal character, Robert Gu, is a first-class asshole, or at least was in the old days before Alzheimer's set in, when he was a Nobel Laureate in Poetry who mentally abused pretty much everyone around him, especially his wife.
The medical miracles reverse the Alzheimers and rejuvenate him to a second youth. That is the starting point of the story, along with the discovery of a possible conspiracy to mind-control the world. As a triumvirate of international security experts tries to hack into a U.
Rabbit, plausible deniability, anyone? As the storylines converge, mayhem ensues. The story is well-crafted, the plot is engrossing, the characters are sympathetically portrayed, and the myriad details are a romp. The pop culture references are hysterical.
The author leaves many, many loose ends that beg for a sequel. I'll keep my eyes open for it. Perhaps I will try the Vinge books as well. Thanks for the recommendation! Remember that I was reading all of these Hugo award winners after going on hiatus a few years after Neuromancer burst onto the scene.
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