Hey, sorry it’s been most of the year since an update. Let’s get back in the driver’s seat (figuratively speaking) with a classic Stephen King story – Trucks.
(Note: Sorry for the lack of updates for the last couple of weeks. I’ve been working in wilderness area and am in the process of moving.)
Isaac Asimov’s “Nightfall” (first published in 1941, collected in “Nightfall and Other Stories”, 1970) is considered to be one of his best stories. The tale is an account of a civilization experiencing total darkness for the first time as a result of a rare astronomical phenomenon. What I find most interesting is that it “predicted” a science that wouldn’t be formalized for another 30 years: geomythology.
I am currently reading through Haikasoru’s wonderful collection of short stories The Future is Japanese. The collection is a blend of Japanese-style short fiction written by both Japanese and Western authors. I’m four stories in so far, but the first one to really impress me is Project Itoh’s The Indifference Engine (2007, 49 pages, translation by Edwin Hawkes). A basic synopsis for those interested:
The fictional African nation of Shelmikedmus is in a state of civil war. The sides are divided along ethnic lines, the ruling Hoa and rebel Xema. The civil war is a bloody one, with both sides committing genocide against the other. The Americans and Dutch intercede in the war, negotiating a ceasefire between the two armies. With them, they bring an invention, the indifference engine, that will bring peace to the country. However, the invention isn’t necessarily what you say…completely ethical.
A full synopsis (warning: spoilers), and discussion after the jump. Continue reading