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February 07, 2012

A musing on the destructive nature of government power

Good science fiction bends expectations in a way that encourages us to reexamine the way we think about things.  This morning, I finished Zero History, a noire thriller from science fiction great William Gibson (inventor of the term "cyberspace").  While primarily focused on the tension between cutting edge and mainstream culture in an age of ...

June 28, 2011

Summer reading: Harmony and the soft tyranny of paternalism

Author: Brian T. Hodges The Japanese science fiction novel Harmony, by Project Itoh, is a timely cautionary tale about the struggle between individuality and government control.  Itoh shares his intricate and multi-layered vision of a world in the not-too-distant future where much of the population has been lost to disease and war.  Adv ...