Alternate Worlds: in which reality is opinion

In this world, augmented reality technology is so advanced, that 'real' is up for debate. Anything you see can be altered to look like anything you want. Anything you feel can be altered to feel however you chose. Any video can be faked, any words anyone says can be altered. The majority  chooses reality, or …

Your darkest secret

I've been listening to Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem, and it is so far amazing. Imagine your darkest, most embarrassing, strangest thought. The thing you are most ashamed or guilty for thinking--maybe it just popped into your head, unplanned, as thoughts often do. Now imagine that thought made flesh, and following you around for all to …

Running out of thoughts

Is it possible to run out of thoughts? Or are they in infinite supply? I think you could only run out of thoughts or ideas, if you stopped having new experiences. Every idea is a recombination of things you've already seen and heard, or some conclusion reached based on those experiences. So, if you find …

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 …

The Three Body Problem, by Liu Cixin

Winner of the Hugo award for best novel this year, The Three Body Problem is densely packed with interesting ideas--so densely packed that some may find it hard to read. 'Some' does not include me. I think this is the most I've enjoyed a book since Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun series. The prose …

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