How we became posthuman by N. Katherine Hayles

After I had recently posted some notes from the net to an essay about the transhumanist movement and later to the skepticism about not-quite-unrelated-yet-almost-orthogonal idea of super-intelligence, I recalled that the top three (out of the dozens of) unfinished posts for this web page relates to similar themes. The oldest is an own essay on […]

One year of reviews

One year and one day ago I announced a string of new book reviews. My usual habit of writing a brief (or not so brief) post about the books I was reading had stopped. In effect I hadn’t done any reviews for three and a half years. It was time to do something about it. […]

The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross

The second book in Stross‘s Laundry Files series is part homage to Ian Fleming‘s James Bond books. It is also a comment on the modern mythology that has sprung up around the worlds best known fictional agent. As in the first installment of the series we follow computational demonologist (not much different from sys admin […]

The Old Ways by Robert MacFarlane

When I was sixteen or seventeen I spent a couple of warm summer days in the company of two friends following an old trail passing through my childhood’s forests and hills. The path we walked is said to be part of an old peregrine way to Nidaros, which was the Viking name for Trondheim in […]

The State of the Art by Iain M. Banks

The State of the Art is listed fourth in the Bibliography of Iain M. Banks and then also in the order of my task to read them all. It is a collection of short stories (one of them actually a novella of the same name as the book). There are eight tales in total. A […]

The Frood by Jem Roberts

As I have mentioned elsewhere, the voice and humor in Douglas Adams’s books were a source of inspiration to my teenage self. And probably at least some of my nerd-snarky attitude in the nineteen-nineties was a result of poor imitation attempts. Of course, that was ten-fifteen years later than the actual premiere of The Hitchhiker’s […]

The Peripheral by William Gibson

Well, I have said it before, but I do like William Gibson‘s books. I think he is an excellent observer of the world, a social critic, and a fine writer. So, it is probably not extremely shocking to anyone if I write that I found his latest book, The Peripheral, engaging. It is hard to […]

The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker

My small collection of writing guides was recently extended by an unplanned addition of Steven Pinker‘s recent The Sense of Style – The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.  In it Pinker argues for a common sense approach to writing, and does so, at least partially, by employing linguistics and cognitive science. […]

Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks

Well, Use of Weapons is the third of Iain M. Banks‘ Culture novels, and I am tempted to say the best one thus far (and that is saying a lot, I liked the previous two in the series). The topic of Player of Games may be closer to my heart (social systems as games) but […]

The Fry Chronicles – Stephen Fry

I saw a review of a new memoir by Stephen Fry the other day, and promptly remembered that I had read his previous one a couple of years ago. In other words: my review is one book late. The Fry Chronicles collects Stephen’s memories from his time at Cambridge and the early comedy years with […]