Started by Tenebracid, January 15, 2012, 08:40:21 PM
Quote from: host body on August 21, 2020, 10:37:24 AM Gibson, Dick and Ballard.
Quote from: Atrophist on August 21, 2020, 04:36:02 PMWhile I obviously cannot speak for anyone else, young Finnish female writers are for the most part intolerable: entitled, narcissistic, obsessed with sex and body image. These are some of the most pampered, overprivileged human beings to ever inhabit the planet, yet they insist on turning their works into litanies of victimhood. This a generalisation, of course, and there are exceptions. Imo the most notable is the amazing Maarit Verronen. Not that she is especially young anymore.
Quote from: Duncan on August 22, 2020, 01:51:17 PMA lot of these criticisms make very little sense when they end with sentiments like 'but then I actually read some of this work and it was among the best I've read in years and I recommended it to my friends'. It sounds to me precisely why the discourse suggesting people ought to seek out work from different groups exists.
Quote from: AnonMessAgeSage on August 22, 2020, 07:51:36 PMAs for female writers, I only like Ayn Rand, because she kind of indirectly created Anton LaVey, who kind of indirectly inspired Noise, through Boyd Rice.
Quote from: host body on August 27, 2020, 01:12:26 PMQuote from: AnonMessAgeSage on August 22, 2020, 07:51:36 PMAs for female writers, I only like Ayn Rand, because she kind of indirectly created Anton LaVey, who kind of indirectly inspired Noise, through Boyd Rice.You should probably read more.I downloaded a bunch of comic books on my tablet, to read while commuting. It's the best thing ever, I can get like a dozen comics with me. Pretty much has made me stop buying comics, so maybe not the best thing ever.
Quote from: AnonMessAgeSage on August 27, 2020, 07:03:49 PMI don't really read books these days, unless it's truly unique.I mostly just devour entire Wikipedia pages in an encyclopedic fashion if I want to learn about a particular topic.
Quote from: host body on August 28, 2020, 03:32:41 PMQuote from: AnonMessAgeSage on August 27, 2020, 07:03:49 PMI don't really read books these days, unless it's truly unique.I mostly just devour entire Wikipedia pages in an encyclopedic fashion if I want to learn about a particular topic.Honestly what do you think you can bring to a discussion about books, then? Did you read the wikipedia page for "literature"?I can recommend the following authors to get acquainted with "female literature" (I personally don't think gender has anything to do with whether an author is good): Flannery O'Connors novellas, Margaret Atwood's Oryx & Crake, a great, nihilistic cyberpunk book or Cosey Fanni Tutti's biography. That should get you started and maybe realise that women aren't really that different from men as far as writing books go.
Quote from: Atrophist on August 28, 2020, 02:54:49 AMI asked for recommendations for scifi/space opera earlier in this thread. Now I've found pretty much exactly what I was looking for: Adrian Tchaikovsky's Children of Time. According to reviews this is supposed to belong to a subgenre called biopunk, but there's nothing radically new here that, for example, David Brin, Vernor Vinge or Alaistair Reynolds haven't already done. (In fact the narrative contains a not so subtle nod towards Brin). In the distant future, a terraforning project goes terribly wrong: two shuttles are supposed to land on an Earth-like exoplanet, one full of primates, the other full of lesser Earth flora and fauna. They also carry a nanovirus that is supposed to speed up evolution on the new planet. Well, monkey shuttle gets damaged, burns up in the atmosphere. The nanovirus begins work on spiders, ants and beetles instead. Thousands or years later, another ship with the last remaining survivors of a destroyed Earth show up. What will the evolved descendants of apes and the evolved deacendants of spiders make of each other? A funny detail is the spiders' society's version of feminism, or "male spiders rights" movement. Which is a little more serious than the primate equivalent. Because after all, as hard as life may have been for women in the past, at least it was never considered standard procedure to kill and eat them after mating ...