I was just checking for updates for my NAS device, when I thought about the Internet Of Things, and how it promises much, but is also a surveillance nightmare that would make George Orwell cringe.
With Sense8, the Wachowskis (the Matrix) and Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) try to explore what happens if eight random people around the world get mind-linked. I think they failed. What they made instead was eight hours of watching paint dry on cardboard cutouts of characters.
To my amazement the show has rave reviews and a high 8 on IMDB. Personally, I feel it’s highly over8ted – pardon the puns. Continue reading “Over8ed – a Sense8 rant”
Ancillary Justice is the first part of a science fiction trilogy by Ann Leckie. I recently finished the first two books and am now eagerly awaiting the third installment. I like it enough that I decided to plug it to the internet at large.
A person who is in a situation where they can make a decision has agency. Characters in stories have agency when they are in a position to make choices that affect their story. Unfortunately, some characters in stories suffer from agency deficiency. Today, I’ll talk about this particular writing smell and how to fix it.