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RetroAhoy: Half-Life

Because I definitely grow up with Half-Life. Because I can’t remember how many times I played the original game. Because I can’t count  the hours expend building maps… playing around… And because I bought the original collector edition with t-shirt (yes, back in the 90’s) and because I gave it to my girlfriend… the t-shirt I mean. This video has to be here.

 

The Princess Bride

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Original title: The Princess Bride

Title of this edition: The Princess Bride

Author: William Goldman

Gender: Fantasy/Adventure.

Saga: —

Editorial: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Edition year: 1, 2007.

Prizes: …

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: This book is written as a story inside a story, so this edition speaks about how Goldman wrote the book, and he pretends it was actually an adaptation from an older one. At the same time, the movie tells us the story as a grandpa reading the book to his grandchild. And it’s like this:

Buttercup is going to become the most beautiful woman in the world… when she grows up. Right now she is only the daughter of a farmer, and Westley is a homeless boy who works for Buttercup’s father. But none of that matters, because Westley is the only who loves Buttercup as she is, and also… Westley is the only one that Buttercup loves.

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But there is a problem. Wesly doesn’t have anything, so he cannot offer anything to her. The only way for Westley to prove he is good enough for Buttercup is leaving to America searching for fortune… but his boat is attacked by the Dread Pirate Roberts who never makes prisoners.

Knowing about Westley’s dead Buttercup wishes to die, but she is so beautiful that the prince know about her and ask her to be his wife.  She doesn’t want this marriage, but also she doesn’t want to disobey her prince. What she doesn’t know is that the passion of the prince is not for her but for hunting and war and he has a secret plan to kill her and make it look like a plot from another country.

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That is why Vizzini, Iñigo and Fezzik kidnap the princess and are going to kill her. But they didn’t count with the masked man in black. He is able to follow Fezzik climbing the cliffs of insanity, he can beat Iñigo Montoya, the best swordsman in the world. The defeat Fezzik the giant in a hand to hand battle, and he kills Vizzini in an intellect battle.

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Who is this masked man that did all this to rescue the princess? It’s the Dread Pirate Roberts (who never makes prisoners). Well… not exactly. Westley boat was captured by Roberts and when he was about to kill Westley he said “please, I need to live”, and being the only one that didn’t try to bribe Roberts for his live, he was curious and allow him to live one day more. Every day Westley learned something from Roberts, and every night Roberts said “well done Westley, I’m not killing you today, but maybe tomorrow”. And so was life for 5 years.

After those years of serving Roberts, he revealed the secret to Westley “I’m not the Dread Pirate Roberts, I inherit the name and the ship from the previous Pirate Roberts, who also was not the Dread Pirate Roberts. The real Pirate Roberts is retired living like a king with his bounty”. And he said also “you know, in piracy the inly important thing is the name” and he start calling Roberts to Westley and hire a new crew for him and he became Roberts.

When Buttercup finds this she becomes the most happy girl in the world. She is in love with Westley, she really never love the prince, and Westley loves her, he overpass all this just to rescue her.

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It’s a moment of great passion. Love reunited, love against every challenge in the world. Love.

But the story doesn’t finish here, The princess is trying to chase them. At the beginning was fake, just to cover his plot, but now he has to recover the princess and kill her himself. Westley has his ship ready to scape, but they need to cross the fire swamp to reach it and they didn’t manage to do it in time. The prince has them.

To save Westley’s live, Buttercup accept to marry the prince if he let Westley go.

But is all a tramp. Westley is sent to Count Rugen (Prince right hand). The count has been studying pain all his life and wants to become immortal writing a book about pain. That’s why he has created a machine that sucks life and produces the most horrible pain.

For months, while the wedding is being arranged, Westley supports all this pain, broken bones, blood, hurts… He was trained to do that… but he was not trained to support loosing Buttercup and that is what they use to break him. He starts suffering when they tell him that Buttercup doesn’t love him anymore. And the pain is so intense that they torture him to death.

With Westley dead, Vizzini dead and the princess ready to become queen, the plans of the prince to start a war quilling the queen are ready…. But he didn’t count with Fezzik and Iñigo.

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Iñigo is the best swordsman in the world for one reason, avenge his father who was killed by the man with six fingers… the man who is torturing Westley… count Rugen. But count Rugen is in the castle with the prince, and the castle is protected with by brute squad. With Vizzini death, who is intelligent enough to enter the castle with only 2 men? The dread Pirate Roberts!

They find Westley just to discover he is dead. But Iñigo is not going to fail! Miracle Max has to revive him. But before doing a miracle, and without so much money… there must be a reason for helping Westley. With his instruments, Miracle Max manages to give a little life to Westley, enough for a couple of words “true love”.

With Westley coming back from death and only a few hours up to the wedding, the chances of killing Count Rugen, stopping the Prince and rescuing the princess are almost null.

But the man who defeated Vizzini has a plan, and they manage to enter the castle and Iñigo faces the count and Westley meets the prince. Almost diying Iñigo manages to kill the count

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
 

And Westley faces the prince… without being able to move a single muscle. But he doesn’t know and as the coward he is, he surrenders and everybody manage to escape the castle.

Personal Review: I cannot just simply comment or review this book, because the movie, which I watched when I was a kid, is one of my big movies. The things that marked my life. And nowadays memes from this story are everywhere, it’s “inconceivable”.

To put you in situation, I watched the movie many years ago, but know about the book just one year back, and was something quite random, somebody just took a fancy book to the lab… I look at it bored, just being curious… and there it was! The princess bride book! I liked so much the movie that I brought the book straight away… and didn’t read it. What if it is not good? What if the story is different?

I waited for months with the book always next to my bed… and when I flew to Italy I rode it. I was on the plane and It was amazing. The flight was so short that I stay awake on the hotel trying to finish it before the next day (which was my first day on a short stay at INRIM).

I admit that the story is a fantasy/adventure, so ideal that most of the people will say it’s for kids. Is it for kids? I mean, maybe it’s not a story to be taken as a love tragedy but as an epic battle. If you consider it this way…

Buttercup and Westley become in love just after knowing each other for a while, and not because of their appearance or rich families, just because they care about each other.

Iñigo studied for 20 years to avenge his father. In the book the story is much more rich with many details. He travelled the world learning from every master, always wishing to fulfil his task to allow his father rest in peace.

Fezzik was a good fellow, he was just big, too big. In the book he travelled the world as a professional wrestler, and when nobody wanted to fight with him, he started fighting groups (that’s where the movie quote “i specialized on groups” come from. And eventually he was completely alone in the world, with nobody who wanted to be near him. That’s a love story again.

When Westley leaves to try to offer something better to Buttercup, that is love again. He could have stay and lived on Buttercup’s parent’s, but he decided to go away for her, to be able to offer something to make her happy.

When Roberts is about to kill Westley and he ask “please I need to live”, that is a tremendous epic moment. His life doesn’t mean being surrounded by pleasures, treasures, women… no, his life is for Buttercup, that’s why he asks to live.

The rescue of Buttercup it’s another proof of love. Don’t you think that Westley, being the Dread pirate Roberts and with fame and fortune, knowing about Buttercup’s wedding could have left her marry the prince? Why he goes back? Because he still loves her and despite everything looks lost, he risks his life trying to see if love is lost or there is a chance. He never give back.

And the sacrifice of Buttercup, accepting the prince to try to protect Westley’s live, that’s again, her life is not her, but for Westley.

The most impressive moment is when they torture Westley. Now they proof again that love is what really matter to him. They can crush his bones and his flesh, but know Buttercup loves him gives him enough strength to overcome it.

And finally, when Westley comes back to live to fight the final battle, with all the odds against him… that is epic. I mean, it’s not just restoring life, it’s fighting for love, coming back to live because his loved is in danger and needs him.

I think the movie can be more commercial, and also the book, but the ingredients for an epic story are there, and in some ways is better not to change it, because it’s perfect as it is. Maybe tragedy is not shown as in other stories, but is there, and love as the most powerful, irresistible, force is also there.

I need to say also that this movie is one special case of becoming better with the ages. Because it seems it is always gaining more fans. It’s more popular now than when it was released, and the memes from it are making it a part of our culture.

I think I cannot say anything more about this story. Just enjoy it, and if you don’t like it, be it.

Just one thing, if you didn’t watch the swords video, this is at the end of it:

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Oh, c’mon, ok, here it is, Lego Princess Bride (kid, grandpa, duel, fight, intellect battle… and kiss)

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Ok, here is the real ending, enjoy ;)

Wil Wheaton answer a little girl about being called nerd at school

For those who don’t know Wil Wheaton, he started his career as Wesley Crusher in Star Trek the Next Generation.

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And is known by appearances in many films and TV series. Specially by the Big Bang Theory show.

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and also by being a Science Fiction fan and is present in many conventions and comic-con. This is what happens in Denver comic-con this year. A little girl asks him what to do when other kids call you nerd.

The Last Starfighter

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Original title: The Last Starfighter.

Title of this edition: The Last Starfighter.

Authors: Ala Dean Foster.

Gender: Sci-fi

Saga:

Editorial: Target Book.

Edition year: 1, 1984.

Prizes: …

Alex Rogan: Hold it! There’s no fleet? No Starfighters, no plan? One ship, you, me, and that’s it?
Grig: Exactly! Xur thinks you’re still on Earth. Classic military strategy, surprise attack.
Alex Rogan: It’ll be a slaughter!
Grig: That’s the spirit!
Alex Rogan: No, *my* slaughter! One ship against the whole armada?
Grig: Yes, one gunstar against the armada. I’ve always wanted to fight a desperate battle against incredible odds.

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: Alex Rogan is a young with great talent but with no future. He is living in a trailer park and his life is condemned to continue there. One day he finishes the arcade game Starfighter… and an alien comes to his door to tell him that the game was only a recruitment test to select the best pilots of the galaxy to defend the League against Xur and the Kodan armada. In the beginning he refuses to join the Starfleet and returns to earth, but then he realises that the threat is real and he has to help. By that time the League has been attacked and he is the only one left able to pilot a Starfigther. He and Grig accept the challenge and themselves alone confront the whole armada piloting the last Starfighter, an experimental ship with the “Dead Blossom” a super weapon able to destroy all ships nearby at the cost of defensive shields. It is a great battle a heroic struggle of only two… humanoids against the whole army. And they win.

Personal Review: To be honest… is there any boy who plays video games who actually doesn’t dream with this happening to him? I mean, beat the game and realize it was a test to become a real pilot who flights in real spaceship. At least I did, and this is one of my iconic adventures. Even if the movie is now a little bit old, remember it was one of the first movies ever presenting such level of computer generated graphics.

I think this book is quite the same as the movie. I read it and immediately after I watched the movie again… and they where pretty much the same word by word. So I enjoed it as wathing the movie. And obviously it’s not a hard science fiction, it’s just a space opera about the path of the hero. But it is cool, and the mixing of video games makes it even more cool. And you know, there was actually a Starfighter game after the movie made by Atari… but it was very bad and not like in the movie.

Fortunately, now, years after, followers made the real game of the movie and you can play it for free (I couldn’t make it work… but it looks nice).

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You can visit their web page and download it there. This how it looks alike.

I think the worst thing (in the movie and not in the book) is the frontier. In the movie it is presented as a real drone-like spaceships making a real frontier, while in the book is like a series of outpost who look after the perimeter. I mean, think of the materials needed to have such frontier. That was a bad mistake.

Another weak point is the lack of actual war strategy and preparation. Let’s assume it, the Kodan might be an evil empire made for war… but his strategy is carp and his power is really tiny. A single gunship destroy all of their ships (which by the way where formed completely align and rely on a single central node for control). Seriously? That’s the worst strategy ever. C’mon, at least send thousands of hundreds. And from the League side… even if peace has been for centuries, how it can be that they are not prepared at all for war. Only one base with a few trained pilots it’s hard to believe. I mean, I think war is not necessary, but people trained to survive in hazards environments it is always needed, and I think it will not be very difficult to turn these ones into expert pilots for gunships. A little bit innocent view of life I think.

Ok, I don’t mess more with this movie/book. I really recommend you to watch it!

And if you want to go deeper into the story… before or after watching the movie, here is the documentary.

And here I nice hoodie to buy (I have it).

The Shrinking Man

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Original title: The Shrinking Man.

Title of this edition: The Shrinking Man.

Authors: Richard Matheson.

Gender: Fantasy/Sci-fi

Saga:

Editorial: Corgibooks

Edition year: 1, 1969.

Prizes: …

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: Scott is Shrinking! He is Shrinking at a constant rate and there is no clue why. This book tells the story of his last days before shrinking to the nothing. He is trapped in the house basement with a spider without food and with no water. After struggling for water, food and killing the spider, he finally becomes so small that he start realizing that maybe there is another smaller universes in an eternal cycle that never ends. Before disappearing the reason for his illness is revealed, a strong insecticide combined with radiation is making his body loose vitamins, elements and shrink.

Personal Review: There is 3 things wrong for me in this book. First one, trying to make it scientific with insecticide and radiation. It could have been good reasons back in the 60’s but you get sick or die, not just shrink… Second thing is, even if your body is loosing some elements, not all the tissues will loose at the same rate, so shrinking will not happen proportional to all of them. You probably broke your bones before your weight drops, or your skin maybe shrinks too fast and just rip off… Third thing is that physical laws don’t scale so well, so for instance water can flow through a pipe if it is big, but if it is too small, it will make bubbles. So… it is a good book? It is, but sometimes it is a little bit annoying how he is not able to predict his future needs or how he gets angry instead of enjoying the experience and experiments or explores this new world. I know it will be not funny, but imagine the endless possibilities…

STAR WARS tales Vol 1 #3

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Original title: STAR WARS tales Vol1 #3.

Title of this edition: STAR WARS tales Vol1 #3.

Writers: Ryder Windham; John Ostrander; Rich Handley; Rich Hedden;

Illustrators: Tom Fowler; Jan Duursema; Darko Macan; Rick Leonardi

Gender: Fantasy/Sci-fi

Saga:

Editorial: Dark Horse Comics.

Edition year: 1, 2000.

Prizes: …

Since this is a collection of stories, I’m going to review each one separately.

The Death of Captain Tarpals. Ryder Windham and Tom Fowler.

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: Jar Jar Binks is expulsed out of the city.

Personal Review:  Crap. George Lucas better have kill himself before introducing this stupid Jar Jar Binks. This a useless story of how he is exiliated (not even that, just how he is released out of the city) just before he meets the Jedis. Boring story of boring creatures.

Deal with a demon. John Ostrander Jan Duursema.

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: A mercenary helps a princess to scape from his planet.

Personal Review: Honestly, the story is too short to develop it consistently. And on top of that, half of the images are the demon-like smiling.

Lady Luck. Rich Handley and Darko Macan.

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: Lando Calrissian is playing Sabacc in the cloud city of Bespin. he is not yet in charge of the city and the former governor wants to play against him. He wins thanks to the donations of the miners and becomes the new governor of Bespin.

Personal Review: It’s not a long story, but I liked this one because it expands a little bit the original 3 movies (the best ones). I think they introduce a girl just for showing her… but the rest is fine.

Three Against the galaxy. Rich Hedden and Rick Leonardi.

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: A prisoner gamorrean helps a rich girl to scape from her evil uncle (who kills her father to take possession of his business).

Personal Review: I think this one is not very bad… at the beguining. Because it develops a story and you engage into it, but at the end it looks like they run out of pages and just make things happned. They spend 3 or 4 pages to get out of a mine, and only one image to show how they blow up a complete factory evacuating all prisoners and avoiding the guards.

My general review of this comic is that it is very bad. Doesn’t worth the money you pay for it. But despite of that, for those who manage to read up to here…

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Great Modern Science Fiction

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Original title: Great Modern Science Fiction.

Title of this edition: La Mejor Ciencia Ficción.

Authors: Norman Spinard; Robert Silverberg; Philip José Farmer; Frederick Pohl; Milton A. Rothman; Forrest J. Ackerman; Thomas N. Scortia; Robert Bloch; A. E. van Vogt; Frederick Pohl.

Gender: Fantasy/Sci-fi

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Editorial: A.T.E.

Edition year: 1, 1976.

Prizes: …

Since this is a collection of stories, I’m going to review each one separately.

Una cosa bella. Norman Spinard.

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: In the future the United States are completely broke. They are so broke and hit by wars, that they need to sell their major monuments and buildings to survive. In this story a seller is showing a rich Japanese different things to buy. In the end, he buys the Brooklyn bridge.

Personal Review:  I like it and I didn’t like it at the same time. I mean, it is a good story, but it lacks of some interest. Once you realize he is selling old buildings like towers, stadiums and bridges… the story looses all interest. I think it can be shorter. In the other hand, I think those places are only interesting while they are famous, not longer after they passed away. I understand that one can say the same about the Coliseum in Rome… but for how many years the coliseum was not important? Only in the XX century it became world famous and interesting to the mass.

Lo que supimos por el periódico de esta mañana. Robert Silverberg.

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: Suddenly, a whole neighbourhood receives the newspaper one week in advance. And the story describes how they go from surprise, to terror to greed. Finally, they decide that the best thing to do is buy shares and try to earn lots of money. They do… but in the end is not quite sure what is happening, if they are lost somewhere or what…

Personal Review: I must admit that the story initially look like interesting, but soon it was obvious that nothing more was going to happen. The problem is that either the news are going to happen, or not, but there is no history changing due to the new knowledge.

Setenta años de DECPOB. Philip José Farmer.

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: Basically, a crazy genius releases a chemical that blocks reproduction and the world prepares for a drastically reduction of population (obviously, there is some immune people). The book tells the story of one business man and how is his live through the whole process. In the end, the population starts increasing again, but now it is a different world, since there is more resources to much more people.

Personal Review: The idea of a chemical blocking natality is not new (at least now), but it’s a little bit strange. I mean, even the best natality control methods are not 100% effective. Even the worst epidemics cannot encircle the whole world (in the worst world epidemic, The Black Dead, there where only 100,000,000 dead). So, the plot of the story is a little bit difficult to believe. But, ok, if we forgot that, then… imagine a world with no kids, with so many useless indsutries, with no new population to support the old ones… that will be a great chaos, no easy transition to the new world. I think the story creates a too easy transition.

La forma de la ciencia ficción por venir. Frederick Pohl.

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: This is a short review of the actual (1970’s) state of the science ficction. Very short, and the main point is that authors has become conformist and there is no new topics, just repetitions.

Personal Review: Quite strange hearing this in the 1970’s, but the truth is that after reading a few anthology books, you realize it is truth. Space, aliens, nuclear destruction, greed, massive contamination, mega corporations… and of course, time travel, alternative realities and robots or human-machine interaction. Most of the stories fit in one of these topics. The worst thing is that, in my opinion, most of the stories develop using common accepted ideas (for example human-like aliens). This is good in the sense that it helps to develop the story (the reader already knows about the things told in the story), but bad in the sense that there is no new speculation, it’s the same story over and over. In short, I agree with him.

Integrarse. Milton A. Rothman.

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: One robot goes to therapy to learn how to feel and show emotions.

Personal Review: The main point here is that a robot, doesn’t matter how complex, cannot be like a man. He is not able to have emotions or being creative. I understand that in the 70’s it was very difficult to anticipate some things, but nowadays is not impossible that machines can be creative. I have to admit that I also wrote some stories involving not creative robots. But I think I was wrong. The actual algorithms involved in machine learning have some kind of creativity from the machine side (thinking of new solutions, not just calculating them).

El cuento de ciencia ficcion más corto que se ha escrito nunca. Forrest J. Ackerman.

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: This story is basically one sentence:

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Personal Review: This is an example of what Frederick Pohl was pointing. This is a quite recurrent topic. Earth destroyed, over populated or contamination everywhere. I really think that those pessimistic topics are quite exhausted. I mean, people can be good, people are whilling to be good and do things rigth. The future doesn’t need to be bad. It can be good. The other thing is that this story can be so short only because the reader has a background in topics of science fiction, so he can understand the meaning of it.

Para cuando llegue a Fenix. Thomas N. Scortia.

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: A man finds a girl in the desert. A girl with psychic powers able to give him all the pleasure he can imagine at one single cost, she becomes older and older each time she uses the power. In the end, she dies and a new worm, able to imitate human form, born from her.

Personal Review: The ability to take human form has been used many times. Even the ability to “show psychically” a human form. I personally don’t like stories about psychic powers, in the first term, anything that can be called psychic power has been proved to exist, it’s just against all the know physic, and for those non physics, there is no enough room for “hidden” things. I think this story doesn’t provide anything special or new.

Para siempre amén. Robert Bloch.

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: Seward Skinner is the richest man that had ever existed, and he doesn’t want to die. To become inmortal, he pays a scientific to develop clones of himself, a whole planet made of clones. And because all of then have the same memory, they need mental barriers to obligate them to work in different things. Only one of them is grown without barriers. Ideally, when they die, new clones will take their place, inheriting the memories from the old ones. His megalomania has no limits, at some point he considers himself as God. Fortunately, the original body is still alive, and all the others are linked to him. In the end, when that body dies, all the other die, stopping that nightmare.

Personal Review: I must say that it was a good idea on the beginning. It is full of good ideas but bad executions. First one, do not make all the clones identicall, diferent bodies have diferent abilities, use them. If a man is good running and not cooking, probably he will be bad cooking even if there is mental barriers in his mind that makes him go into cooking. Try to look for the best one in each field and clone them, not the same clone. And by the way, always the same face can be a little bit boring. Second, inherit the memories! There have been a few stories about that topic, none of them is based in actual cloning techniques. I mean, memories are due to connections in the brain made after the creature born, it’s part of it’s phenotype, not genotype. So there is no way of copying it through normal cloning. The aleternative is making a copy atom by atom… but to do that you need to know the position of every single atom, molecule, protein… and that cannot be made without smashing the original body, and if you smash it… then how you continue the copying? Ok, third one, clonned bodies linked? How they can be linked? Psychic linking? That is a good ending for the story, but unfortunately, completely fantastic.

Ersatz eterno. E. van Vogt.

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: This story is like a nightmare, nothing is clear. It’s about 3 men lost in a desert planet and how suddenly they become part of a civilization where they are the only ones immortal.

Personal Review: As I said, it’s like a nightmare. It’s very difficult to explain the story and also to review it. I personally don’t like this stories with so many unsolved questions.

Los mercaderes de Venus. Frederick Pohl.

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: A few years ago, strange alien structures where found beneath the surface of planet Venus. They were the remains of an ancient civilization called Heechee. But nothing interesting was found, so the place it’s just a tourist resort with many people trying to go and look for forgotten technologies. The story is about one man that lives there and is struggling for medical care. His opportunity comes in the form of a rich man willing to explore the planet. But this rich man has lost everything and the main character is about to die. His only opportunity to live is finding more artefacts that can pay for the treatment he needs. Fortunately for him, he finds it  in the form of new Heechee technology.

Personal Review: I love the Heechee saga. The first book is called Gateway, and tells what happens after the things told in The Merchants of Venus. Actually, Merchants of Venus was written several years after Gateway. I think that Frederick Pohl always knows how to transmit the problems and suffering of the characters. In this case, you can feel the heat on Venus surface, and the struggling for life that the main character has to do. I think this story is a magnificent start for his Heechee saga. It can’t be better I think.

The Lathe of Heaven.

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Original title: The Lathe of Heaven.

Title of this edition: The Lathe of Heaven.

Author: Ursula K. Le Guin.

Gender: Fantasy/Sci-fi

Saga:

Editorial: Panther Science Fiction.

Edition year: 1, 1978.

Prizes: …

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: George Orr has discovered that some of his dreams become true and is afraid of dreaming and change things. Dr. William Haber has a dreaming inducting machine that can help Orr. After a few sessions, Dr. Haber becomes aware of the true powers of George and starts using his machine to manipulate the dreams and making a better world. Only him and George are aware of the changes, but Orr is scared and at the same time cannot do anything. In the end aliens appear that also uses the dreams to navigate into different realities, and they help George to stop dreaming and prevent Dr. Haber from using the machine himself to induce those powerful dreams.

Personal Review: What is happening here? The explanation in the book says that during the REM phase of George dreams he is able to create such a complex electrical pattern that allows him to travel between different realities. The dreams job is to select which reality to choose.

Hmmm ok, I don’t have problems with the machine. I do have problems with changing realities… but it is not clear how conscience links with reality, so I don’t feel like having enough knowledge to discuss about it. The thing I can discuss about is why if other people are not dreaming, they remain aware of the changes. I think that, is the major problem of this book. I mean, is a very long book where actually doesn’t happen too much. If Dr. Haber was not aware, then you can make a book about what kind of adventures George has to overcome in the different realities, but with Dr. Haber aware of it, is like the main story with with him, not with George, and the book is not telling us about it.

Actually, George is scared, but can you image how much scared Dr. Haber must be? He is going to be in the new reality that arises from George’s dreams… Where maybe he is going to die because of a war, an alien invasion, or just a cancer.

I think that the book don’t explain well this point, and just “being present while George sleeps” doesn’t warranted anything. The only explanation that can fit is if we think that George dreams about Dr. Haber being conscience about the dream. So… that introduces a new dimension… Dr. Haber is manipulating George dreams because George is dreaming it in that way! So, George own worries introduces this kind of “nightmare” in his dreams. Nice.

The Call of The Wild

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Original title: The Call of the Wild.

Title of this edition: The Call of the Wild.

Author: Jack London.

Gender: Fantasy/Adventures

Saga:

Editorial: Bloomsbury Books.

Edition year: 1, 1993.

Prizes: …

Synopsis [Warning: Spoiler]: Buck us a family dog that is sold to pay a gambling debt. He is sold to become a trail dog in the north, in the new gold fever that has arisen in Alaska. The book tells the adventures he has to face and how he manages to survive to become leader of a pack of wolves. 

Personal Review: I really like Jack London. I have read a few of his books and I always love how he manage to put you in the point of view of the narrator (a dog in this case). The best book for me… The Star Rover. It’s a book about a criminal in San Quentin State Prison that is tortured during days, weeks, and even months, to be inside “the jacket”, a device which can be tightly laced so as to compress the whole body that keeps him from moving or breathing. During his torturing, he manages to go into a state where he can live other lives, and the book describes these other lives.

Well, back to this book. You know? I get this book traveling on the train. It is a part of community sharing books. In one of London suburb train stations there is a waiting room full of books that you can take, read and put back again for other people. I wen there and I found this one. And to tell the truth, I have already read it before, but it was the better one on the waiting room.

I like this book because it lets you know how living in the north was. Specially, it is able to make you feel like the dog. It makes you feel the pain, understands how it thinks, and what kind of motivations he had. It fails a little bit in the sense that introduces too much characters and Buck changes too many times from one owner to another. That makes a little it useless to prepare the plot, because when you start to have interesting things happening, you have to start over again to prepare the plot.

But is a nice book. Maybe not for kids, but truly for young people. It’s easy to read it and is quite short. Totally recommend it.

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