Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders

Love, death, ghosts, and history. What a sad, funny, interesting and heart-squeezing novel. From Wikipedia: Many years ago, during a visit to Washington DC, my wife's cousin pointed out to us a crypt on a hill and mentioned that, in 1862, while Abraham Lincoln was president, his beloved son, Willie, died, and was temporarily interred …

Language is a tool not a box

After much recommendation, I am reading a book that on the surface is about a subject (American History) that holds mostly no interest for me. But boy is it good and weird and written in a strange way. Would you read a novel made of citations? That's what this seems to be... a large portion …

A modern afterlife

Several scientists in recent news articles have been stating that they think we live in a computer simulation. They think the odds of this are very high. What question that leaves unanswered, is whether we are a creation of whoever wrote the simulation, or if we are self inserts in the simulation. In other words, …

Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks: A hell of a story

This is the 8th Culture novel, and the third that I've read, and so far I think it's the most memorable. The story focuses on virtual reality, and mainly the virtual realities different civilizations create for their afterlives. Some of them being hells. With the ability to record, copy and / or upload consciousness, comes …