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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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So, let's start. Earth picks up a signal. So far so good. But in that signal was one brief phrase - the name of the story. So of course Earth goes berserk and the commander and crew of the spacecraft going to investigate are 100% sure based on three words that the people sending the message are bent on the destruction of Earth despite the fact that so far we have survived goths of every description. Why? Not explained. The commander is so bent on obeying orders from earth because, you know, duty and stuff. But conveniently forgets that his crew was supposed to know of his actions. There is a sentient computer. It turns on the crew, sorta of a HAL thing but eviler. It has no real control of the ship, which it explains repeatedly and which the crew should have known. Don't you guys know how your ship works? But somehow it gains control over system after system to the point it’s in complete control of ALL systems. WTF? How did you do that? No clue. It has no access to systems, then suddenly it does. It has killer robots at its disposal, basketball sized things that move by fans. OK, reasonable. Fans are an acceptable way to maneuver in zero g. But they kill by forcing you into fan blades. Hey, ever hear of finger guards? And I very much doubt the lethality of small fans in any context. These things sound like you can punt them into a wall and they are done. But suddenly they are horrible menaces. Nope. Not buying it.
So (again) at one point our protagonist is in vacuum. She survives for a long time. How? With an oxygen mask. Uh huh. She’s in vacuum. The human body doesn't do well there, ya know? Oh, and she can hear the computer taunting her. How? She's in freaking vacuum! Let's see, what else. Oh yeah. She stops the evil computer from running the ship (which it couldn't do earlier) by hosing down a control panel. One, the computer doesn't "live" there. Two, the computer doesn't need the control panel. But the computer freaks out. I was reminded of the wicked witch of the west as she melted during this scene.
Only at the end do we find out wth this all meant. We had no way to figure it out. So much information was given in the last bit that should have been there throughout. And which would have made the characters seem even dumber. The signal? Good lord. They couldn't figure it out but in the end its mysteriosity (new word) was something NSA would have figured out in about 10 seconds.
I finished the story even though it made me want to throw the book across the room. I didn't for two reasons. One, I was reading on my phones Kindle app, and destroying a $650 phone wasn’t an option. Two, I kept wanting it to get better. It never did. This was definitely a C-grade story. Some good elements, but in the end it made little sense and so much broke my suspension of disbelief..
If you enjoyed "Gravity" or enjoy tales of epic journeys into the unknown, with their extreme pressure on the people undergoing those journeys, and are fascinated by how intelligent beings respond to these pressures, you'll like this novel.
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