Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Quotes of the Week


"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
--Robert Hienlien

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
—Ernest Hemingway

The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean.
—Robert Louis Stevenson

There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.
—J.K. Rowling

An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's.
—J.D. Salinger

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.
—Christina Rossetti

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
—Albert Einstein

I don’t have a very clear idea of who the characters are until they start talking.
—Joan Didion

Reading is the sole means by which we slip involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.
—Joyce Carol Oates

Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.
—Ray Bradbury

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
—Herman Melville

Monday, November 20, 2017

Reading: We are Legion and For We Are Many

Last week I read two more books. We are Legion and For We are Many by Dennis E. Taylor.


Here is the description from Amazon:

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street.

Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the first claim to entire worlds. If he declines the honor, he'll be switched off, and they'll try again with someone else. If he accepts, he becomes a prime target. There are at least three other countries trying to get their own probes launched first, and they play dirty.

The safest place for Bob is in space, heading away from Earth at top speed. Or so he thinks. Because the universe is full of nasties, and trespassers make them mad - very mad.

--Good stuff. I recommend it!