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Bithive

bithive@tomes.tchncs.de

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I like Sci-fi. I am also working on my personal hypertext inside my head and follow down trails of books.

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Charles Yu: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (2011) 4 stars

Between stimulus and response there is a space.

5 stars

Charles Yu's How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is not just another time travel story; it's a deep, reflective journey cloaked within the realms of science fiction. The narrative unfolds through a manual-like tone, particularly in its subsequent chapters, which distinctively marries the instructional with the introspective, making for a unique reading experience.

At its core, the novel is a poignant tale about a man trying to rescue his father. Yet, more than a mere rescue mission, it's a contemplative expedition into the past. The protagonist’s use of a time machine serves as a powerful metaphor for the universal human desire to revisit and perhaps alter past decisions—highlighting our deep-seated regrets and the wishes that shape our present and future lives.

Yu ingeniously restricts time travel almost exclusively to the past, with only a fleeting, somewhat bleak interaction with the future, emphasizing the theme that often, we …

Ayn Rand: The Fountainhead (Hardcover, 1979, MacMillan Publishing Company) 5 stars

The Fountainhead is a 1943 novel by Ayn Rand. It was Rand's first major literary …

I wanted to dislike it, but it changed my views

5 stars

Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead" is undeniably one of her most influential works. It is a novel that demands attention - and often, introspection - from its readers. Ayn Rand, known for her philosophy of Objectivism, has been a controversial figure, and upon first approaching this book, I expected my disagreements with her philosophy to color my reading experience. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

Despite being a significant read length-wise, "The Fountainhead" presents a compelling case for Rand's philosophy, embodied in the determined, individualistic character of the protagonist, architect Howard Roark. Rand's commitment to her philosophical standpoint, reflecting in the complex themes and characters in her novel, is undeniable.

The narrative of the novel certainly has its drawbacks. From a modern perspective, the moral framework might seem quite antiquated; the characters often resemble archetypal heroes and villains, unyielding in their respective narratives. However, this stubborn extremity, almost Shakespearean in its magnitude, …

Kim Stanley Robinson: The Ministry for the Future (Paperback, 2021, Orbit) 4 stars

Established in 2025, the purpose of the new organization was simple: To advocate for the …

A cozy book about climate change

4 stars

Title: Review - "The Ministry of the Future"

Kim Stanley Robinson's, "The Ministry of the Future", is undeniably an ambitious novel. Esteemed for his brilliantly envisioned science fiction, Robinson seeks to offer a fresh lens to view climate change - and perhaps therein lies the book's greatest strength and its most glaring weakness.

The book takes us on a riveting journey that begins in 2025 with the establishment of an organization, ironically named the Ministry for the Future. Its mandate is simple yet profound; advocate for future beings and protect all life forms, present and forthcoming. A story recounting the trials of this new ministry, fraught with complications and challenges, unfurls into an engaging narrative that holds your attention from the start.

Robinson’s story shines in the careful crafting of climate change’s apparent reality. It's not a far-off apocalypse but a brewing storm just over the horizon that we might …

reviewed Echopraxia by Peter Watts

Peter Watts: Echopraxia (2014) 5 stars

Echopraxia is a hard science fiction novel by Canadian writer Peter Watts. It is a …

great read, recommended

5 stars

Peter Watts’s "Echopraxia" is a tour de force in the hard sci-fi genre. Peerlessly cerebral and phenomenally gripping, it proves to be not just a book, but a vortex that pulls you in, page by page.

The main theme echoing throughout the novel is the illusion of free will — a question that has puzzled humankind for millennia. This theme, cleverly woven into a multilayered narrative extolling a hypothetical world both fascinating and terrifying, sets a compelling backdrop for the story.

Readers seeking light-hearted, breezy reads might find themselves challenged. "Echopraxia" is not for those looking for a casual dalliance with science fiction. It is an immersion in hard sci-fi, dense with scientific concepts, philosophical ideas, and it pulls no punches when it comes to its narrative complexity. Those seeking a book as mentally stimulating as it is adventurous will appreciate what "Echopraxia" brings to the table.

Adding to the …