A memory called empire won Hugo award this year. We read it on the !

Inheritance by N.K. Jemisin (minor settign spoilers) 

I read the Inheritance cycle by N.K. Jemisin recently. (We read another book by this author)

You can read this as a romance book.

However I read it as another take on Octavia Butlers major theme --- humanity dealing with non-human (I mean mostly Xenogenesis cycle).

Also you can read this as story of fanatical facist regime, where everybody is unhappy (including actual fanatical facist establishment).

I really enjoyed diaries for . I'm not sure what to say more about it?

I'd be happy to know more about politics of that world, however this is not something Murdebot is interested in, so slim chances (unless he will get into contemporary political drama).

Walkaway Review 

I did read Walkaway by Cory Doctorow (it was nominated to ).

I will post review, starting with minor setting spoilers in a thread.

I've read first murderbot novella ("All Systems Red") and I like it very much.

Review in thread.

Waste Tide 

I really liked how mechanical information and spiritual world would mix in the book.

Like Mimi transferring to the mecha, or metaphor of Web guardian spiders stinging people that circumvent bitrate restrictions.

Waste Tide // Deus Ex Series 

Those fashion prosthesis reminded me of Deus Ex game series that deal with transhumanity.

In one of the games we see a fall, where due to series of events augmented persons would become subhuman nearly overnight. And the fact that their bodies came with maintenance costs exacerbated their problems.

Covid ancillary 

I'm really waiting for new book. I need to get some physical books, as it turns out that audiobooks are not that great when you stay at home for most of the time.

Waste Tide no spoilers 

I got Waste Tide on audiobook. And I really like that narrator says local names and whatnot in proper Chinese with nice tonal accent (I can only guess its proper Chinese since, but it sounds believable).

Prepping questions // Parable od Sower 

Did passages Lauren preparing for emergencies influence your behaviour related to preparing for any emergency?

I started to at least think how could I prepare to survive power / gas cutoff (which is not that big thing to do if you live on the remote rural outskirts of Warsaw).

I'm reading two books in parallel one is "Parable of Sower" by Octavia E. Butler the other is "Fall" by Neal Stephenson.

I can't shake the feeling that they are telling story of the same* Armageddon, but one from the perspective of 1% of tech bros (tech persons?) other one from the perspective of 99%.

In the Fall they even ride through "Ameristan" rural, "crazy", part of the USA.

* obviously causes od the armagedon are different somewhat but its still similar enough.

Parable of the Sower first chapter or two 

this book is so good at predicting the future/now it is scary.

- Right wing fanatic wins elections. Check.
- Smart people / middle class not voting due to "disgust in politics". Check*.
- Social stratification. Check**.

* Actually voter demobilisation was one of the more effective strategies employed by the Cambridge Analitica.
** This is only hinted, but since new VR gear is researched and produced, somebody can afford it.

I'm finishing "The Killing Moon" by N. K. Jemisin. So far I like it, not as much as "The Broke Earth Trilogy" but still good.

I read second book of Ann Leckie in Raadch series, and listened to third one. Now listening to Provenance (which is set in the same universe apparently).

I will do some (increasingly spoiling) remarks in thread from this post.

Ann Leckie Ancillary Justice Spolilers // Raven Tower Spoilers 

There seems to be a trope in Ann Leckie's prose, where we have some weird aromantic love story between god/AI and human being.

Anyhow I found it common in both books.


Ann Leckie Ancillary Justice 

I've just read Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. A nice, weird, science fiction / space opera.

I read it in Polish translation, as far as I understand in the original language (I mean fictional one) the protagonist is narrating there are no gender pronouns. Polish translator choose to use female pronouns everywhere.


If I were to contrast Chineese fiction with "eastern block one from late communistic era" I'd say that, eastern block focuses much less on labour issues. Societes described there could be poor, but biggest problems were that there were lied to by the rulers. If there were any wealth disparities, the wealthy were always ruling class, and they were wealthy only due to their political power.

As far as I'm into Invisible Planets, the labor and broader economic issues are present.

I'm reading for . An anthology of Chinee science-fiction translated by Ken Liu.

It really reminds me of Polish sf of late communism, in both cases sf was best avenue left to criticise current world and kinda sorta automatically focused on this topic.

Stories I read really remind me of eg. Zajdel (cult sf Polish writer that often commented on living in, kinda sorta, totalitarian state using pretense of telling story about future).

Stranger in Olondria Polish politics 

I appreciate part about rising theocracy that influences legislation. Also the fact that this theocracy started from a prophet that came from a desert.

Strong political parallels to current Poland.

Have been re-reading Becky Chambers books, which were released in recently, and I bought the translations.

Very good fluffy science fiction (definetly not hard-SF).

I found them via 🙂 which I recommend.

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