Sunday, June 26, 2005

Stargate Barista, Star Dragon and Accelerando

Stargate Barista I've seen "people" make attempts at writing fiction. Some of them in fact try very hard, and yet do a poor job of it. Some are hyped up, for no apparent reason. Some write stuff that perhaps I'm unable to appreciate nor particularly enjoy. However, is one of those series that is so fabulously written that you cannot help but like it. The Barista series explores the SG world from the perspective of Kira, a barista whose coffee shop the SG-1 crowd frequents. While Kira has absolutely no clue on what's happening in the gateroom, she does make a particularly mean Americano (although, I'd personally have a doubleshot or a straight espresso). To make things interesting, Kira sounds exactly like a feminine version of a cross between Jack and Daniel. Ofcourse, Kira's encounters with the SG team given the various episodes and the fact that she has no clue whatsoever about what they do makes it a really, really good read. I mean, come on! Who among us did not wish that they would show us Jack, Sam & Daniel kicking some serious butt at O'Malleys in Upgrades? I seldom read fanfics, but the comes out right on top - it's funny as hell, and one can almost imagine RDA or Shanks saying the lines. I'd rate this as one of the best series I've ever read - Dena, you should definitely start writing pro! Star Dragon & Accelerando While we are still discussing good writings, here's some more. I recently stumbled upon two more excellent books - and . Both are available online under Creative Commons. The former is by , who also happens to be an astronomer (and a fellow Slashdotter), while the latter is by .

In simple words, Star Dragon is a cross between ST:TNG and Neuromancer (or rather, Cyberpunk in general). It's a really well written, and a great (albeit a little serious) read. Accelerando on the other hand, is true cyberpunk - with a Slashdot/Kuro5hin/Fark kinda sense of humor. Some of the lines are priceless -
"Uh, I'm not sure I got that. Let me get this straight, you claim to be some kind of AI, working for KGB dot RU, and you're afraid of a copyright infringement lawsuit over your translator semiotics?" "Am have been badly burned by viral end-user license agreements. Have no desire to experiment with patent shell companies held by Chechen infoterrorists. You are human, you must not worry cereal company repossess your small intestine because digest unlicensed food with it, right? Manfred, you must help me-we. Am wishing to defect." -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - "Nyet!" The artificial intelligence sounds as alarmed as it's possible to sound over a VoiP link. "Am not open source! Not want lose autonomy!" -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - Manfred walks on, hands in pockets, brooding. He wonders what he's going to patent next. -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - He's the guy who patented using genetic algorithms to patent everything they can permutate from an initial description of a problem domain – not just a better mousetrap, but the set of all possible better mousetraps. -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - There are lawyers in San Diego and Redmond who swear blind that Macx is an economic saboteur bent on wrecking the underpinning of capitalism, and there are communists in Prague who think he's the bastard spawn of Bill Gates by way of the Pope. -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - His fiance and sometime dominatrix Pamela threw him over six months ago, for reasons he has never been quite clear on. (Ironically, she's a headhunter for the IRS, jetting all over the place at public expense, trying to persuade entrepreneurs who've gone global to pay taxes for the good of the Treasury Department.) To cap it all, the Southern Baptist Conventions have denounced him as a minion of Satan on all their websites. Which would be funny because, as a born-again atheist Manfred doesn't believe in Satan, if it wasn't for the dead kittens that someone keeps mailing him. -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - -- - Oh shit, thinks Manfred, better buy some more server time. He can recognize the signs: He's about to be slashdotted.
Both are excellent reads, and will keep you entertained for hours - now that is what I call good writing! Rock on, all ye' good writers out there. Starbuck This is totally offtopic, but what the heck - this is my blog! I just figured that I've mentioned Stargate and Star Dragon, so I might as well mention Starbuck too.
[God, I seem to have a thing for kick-ass women in uniform]
And since we are at it... Star Trek Star Trek (yes, this is very much akin to saying Matt Damon in Team America).