It took me a bit to pony, but this raskazz is Zammechat, I'm tellin' ya, O my brothers. Me droog recommended it to me and I don't know whether to tolcIt took me a bit to pony, but this raskazz is Zammechat, I'm tellin' ya, O my brothers. Me droog recommended it to me and I don't know whether to tolchock him right across the litso or to put my nogo in his yarbles? Now slooshy here my droogs, this raskazz they call A Clockwork Orange is merzky and grazhny, but an Appypolly loggy isn’t due because the raskazz isn’t a sneety, it’s our jeezny. So as Anthony Burgess would put it, eat it up or spit it out, you are free, O my brothers.”...more
I am delightfully surprised with Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land" and the places in my mind it had taken me, placed me and left me. It is a reaI am delightfully surprised with Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land" and the places in my mind it had taken me, placed me and left me. It is a really powerful novel; and also a very influential one as well. I can easily see how and why this novel was hip and cool to read during the so called "hippie movement" era. Which to my dismay I missed the 60's and 70's, for it was just before mine. I am very curious however, if this book is close to at all with the free lovin', peace and love ideology and attitude that supposedly many people had during this time? And if so, it somewhat gives me a better understanding of how all these people came to their belief system. It is still radical to me; but the beliefs I have right now would be just as radical to the people in the 60's and in the 70's. I can almost grok it but not completely... maybe someday? But thou art God, and never thirst, my Brother's....more
"She shook her head, her eyes fixed, staring at the nightmare scene before them. Who had done this? Why? It was as if the people had converged here to
"She shook her head, her eyes fixed, staring at the nightmare scene before them. Who had done this? Why? It was as if the people had converged here to destroy this place that had failed them in the end so completely."
The scene that is described here was indeed nightmarish, as was a large portion of this story. Although there were a lot of dark scenes throughout, it did have some bright and uplifting scenes to redeem its eerie disposition. I was on a roller coaster of emotions while reading this - which is rare for me, not many stories can evoke such an array of feelings, as this did. The many different scenarios depicted page-after-page, were filled with fantastical ideas that held a deep-down plausible truth.
I have read many books about robotics being used in extending the lives of individuals or prolonging the existence of mankind. However, in this 1977 Hugo and Locus Award winning novel by Kate Wilhelm, she shows humans living beyond their original due date, by way of cloning. Even though much has progressed in the science of cloning in the past 30 years, the ethical questions are still the same and the controversies may never change. I assumed the heated controversies on this topic started in the 90's, with the birth of Dolly, the cloned sheep, but actually it appears to have been a heavy subject way before that. These ethical issues were concerns in the 70's, made apparent by Kate's writings, and perhaps even began far sooner than we know.
Whether or not you have a solid opinion on the cloning of humans, reading this book, will broaden your ideas on man's finite existence on earth, for it has mine.
UPDATE: I recently learned where Kate Wilhelm got the title of her novel. It was from a quotation of William Shakespeare's Sonnet 73.
That time of year thou mayst in me behold, When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. In me thou seest the twilight of such day, As after sunset fadeth in the west, Which by and by black night doth take away, Death's second self, that seals up all in rest. In me thou seest the glowing of such fire, That on the ashes of his youth doth lie, As the death-bed whereon it must expire, Consumed with that which it was nourished by. This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong, To love that well, which thou must leave ere long. –William Shakespeare
Friedrich August von Hayek wanted to create a country that is worth dying for. He wrote The Road to Serfdom and in doing so had greatly influenced sevFriedrich August von Hayek wanted to create a country that is worth dying for. He wrote The Road to Serfdom and in doing so had greatly influenced several government leaders with one of them being Ronald Reagan. Hayek’s Classical Liberal and laissez-faire ideology is put brilliantly in this book. He writes perfectly how socialism and a collectivist governments will only lead to tyranny.
I believe this world would be a better place if more politicians read his work and actually took it to heart. From reading this now, I know his writing had inadvertently influenced my own personal ideology by other great literature by individualist that directly looked up to Friedrich von Hayek’s philosophy....more