It’s an Absolute Truth that Dune, Frank Herbert’s 1969 classic novel, is the greatest work of science-fiction ever put to paper. The sci-fi equivalent of Lord of the Rings, Dune is a without competition, a fully realised world of ecology, history, and human societies that interact and devour one another. Dune is the finest the genre has to offer, of that there is no doubt or argument.
Oryx and Crake tells the story of Snowman, a strange, bedraggled loner who lives outside of what remains of human society as he struggles to stave off hunger and survive. To say much more would be to spoil the story, but Oryx and Crake is one of the most intelligent, clearly defined works of dystopian — or is it utopian? — science-fiction I’ve ever read. Atwood clearly understands not only the science of genetics in some depth, but also the worrying implications for the development of the human race.
I’m reading a lot of Philip K. Dick at the moment — so far A Scanner Darkly made me a real fan; Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said made me a devotee; and Ubik…well…it’s just amazing.
Before you read too far, I want to make clear that this isn’t a review of William Gibson’s Alien 3 screenplay comic book. You’ll understand why further down… There have been eight films in the Alien series — you can…
You know that YouTube blackhole that’s it’s easy to get sucked into? One minute you’re watching a video showing you how to make a great beef stroganoff, you click on the next recommended video, and an hour later find yourself watching a three-hour ASMR video on the Mexican moon landing conspiracy?
Well, that’s like me with second-hand books.