Wednesday, 26 February 2020

This week The Two Johns have nothing but Science Facts for us, including 40,000-year-old worms, spiders that use electricity to balloon, fruit flies that learn language, and more!

The Two Johns review "Head On" by John Scalzi, the HBO adaptation of "Fahrenheit 451", and they discuss the evolution of Dragonflies during the Science roundup.

The Two Johns do a review of "Han Solo: A Star Wars Story", "The Expanse", and Westworld and John Austin rolls out his proof of concept for the Cry4 Protein story.

This episode The Two Johns talk about "Lost in Space", and the science roundup includes Cry4 protein in birds, self-aware ants, and finally an answer from on the habitability of tidally locked planets.

The Two John's give a detailed review and have an in-depth discussion about the science fiction novel "Sisyphean". A book originally published in Japanese to great acclaim and translated into English by Daniel Huddleston.

The Two Johns' Review the 2018 Nebula Short Format Award Nominees.

This episode "The Two Johns" discuss Curating your SF collection, "Annihilation", Science Facts roundup, including Proxima B, Oumouma, and Trappist.

This episode The Two Johns discuss "Infinity Chamber, "The Cloverfield Paradox", and "Altered Carbon". They also review the book "Punishment" by Scott Holliday.



This is the second time in as many months that we are sharing something by Rudy Rucker.  But what can we say about one of our favorite Cyberpunk authors?  He's a great guy and loves to share his stuff for free.  I will say that these works are also offered for sale on Kindle and other electronic formats as well as paper formats.  If you like the works, or even if you don't we think you should support the artist and buy it.  We are sure Mr. Rucker would appreciate it and if you like Cyberpunk it would be hard not to find something of his that you do like.  This week we are offering "Postsingular".  As its title suggests, the story takes place after a singularity event.  Or after a period where machines achieve some modicum of awareness if not complete awareness.  It is told in the style of Rucker's "Transreal" method, which many who don't understand what it is, become frustrated with it.  In other words, it is told from the perspective of, as Cory Doctorow puts it, : "...a dope-addled exploration of the way-out fringes of string theory and the quantum universe...".  

I'm going to take the time to explain something about my feelings about Rucker.  Ever since the "Ware Tetraology" I have viewed him as my "Steve Jobs".  Steve was this so-called hippy who was, in part, responsible for the advent of the modern age of computing.  He was a high priest of the oncoming digital age.  Rucker has always been that for me.  He didn't just extoll the virtues of technological advancements.  He tries to tell stories that surround those advancements and from the point of view of some very improbable characters.  He wasn't just some hippy selling computers (sorry Jobs fans), he was a person with an intimate knowledge of the topics his stories encompassed. If transrealism is confusing to you, it's only because you haven't bothered to step into the character and the story.  Not unlike being swept into an undertow, reading a book like this will take you off your feet and leave you disoriented for a time.  As it should.  

Included below is a link to the book and as a bonus, a link to Mr. Rucker's writing notes for all those who want to geek out over his process a bit.

Postsingular (mobi)

Postsingular Notes (pdf)