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Machina Paperback – October 28, 2004
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What would happen if God were to die? That's a question scientists are giving serious thought to as Machina opens. There have been ominous doings in the cosmos; certain stars, for example, have quite disappeared. Light and matter have begun to behave rather strangely in certain scientific experiments. Reports of metaphysical anomalies across the world have been increasing. Scientists are taking this very seriously, and their only conclusion is that God is dead - that God is no longer there to look down upon all of creation, and for that very reason natural laws have begun to break down and remote parts of the universe have up and disappeared. The world of Earth may suffer the same fate.Read more ›
BURN was so bad that I was reluctant to pick up MACHINA for over 6 months. Not 20 pages into it I was regretting not throwing it out together with its predecessor. This is a book a half-educated, overly impressed teenager would write to impress his English teacher. And fail. Without the adolescence excuses.
MACHINA was written following the same recipe used on BURN - only emboldened to tackle more fundamental issues: elementary Philosophy (which seems to be exhausted with Descartes' famous quote), first semester particle physics (two simplified diagrams in all) and a lot of undigested science attempting to explain the question of...reality and the existence and nature of God.
Any creative writer professor would advise: "stick to writing about what you know". Jonathan Lyons (a...creative writing professor no less) should take this solid advice. He is no master of the above mentioned subject matters.
And it shows.