Round up #293: the future of dystopias, do I know you?
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
Do I know you?
I recently mentioned that I have one sibling with a mystery novel being released on June 1st:
I have another sibling who already has published books, and is doing a
Kickstarter campaign (through May 23)
to publish a new one (A Problem Solving Graphic Novel Guide for General Physics…a $5 pledge gets you a Kindle edition…you only pay if they get enough pledges to publish it).
Well, that got me thinking: I really know a lot of people who have published books!
Both my parents have.
Other relatives have.
My coworkers have.
People with whom I served on a non-profit have.
E-quaintances (people I only know electronically…I’ve never met them In Real Life) have.
If I expand the net to include people I’ve met but don’t really know personally…yow!
I do want to support them, but I don’t want to bug you about them in the blog.
So, I decided to create a page (still under construction) on the ILMK blogsite dedicated to them.
Here’s where I’d like your help:
If I know you (even only electronically, as mentioned above), and you have a book (even out of print) listed at Amazon, please remind me! You can comment on this post and ask me to keep it private, if you like.
I’m sure I’ll accidentally omit people…or, I’ll take so long trying to think of everybody that I’ll never get the page posted. 😉
For everybody, I’ll let you know when the page is up (I may add to it over time, of course), in case you are interested.
Amazon Echo adds IFTTT support
does a good job of explaining the new capabilities added to
By the way, it now says it will be in stock on July 8, 2015…at $199. Prime members, if they were given an invitation to buy one after asking for them, were able to get it for $99 originally. Mine is supposed to be coming May 21st. Update: I got an e-mail this morning that my Echo will now be here May 8th (Friday)! I have to admit, I’ll believe it more when I see that is has shipped…but that should be within the next day or so.
What IFTTT does is allow you to link apps and things together, based on “triggers”. In other words, you say that when I do this in this thing, do that in this other thing. That’s the initialism: IFTTT=If This Then That.
It makes the Echo much more practical…and many more options will be coming! One interesting one: when you say something to the Echo, it will send a text of those words to a specific person. It’s cheating, a bit, and definitely a work around: it uses the Shopping List. Still, interesting.
Ruth Rendell has reportedly died
(AKA Barbara Vine) was a popular and, yes, beloved author of more than sixty books (more than twenty just in the Inspector Wexford series).
Some of them are available at no additional cost to subscribers in
- A Dark Adapted Eye
- The Fatal Inversion
- King Solomon’s Carpet
Dark Corners is scheduled for publication on December 1st of this year.
It’s the end of the world as we know it…over and over and over again
looks at the current and future state of post-Apocalyptic fiction.
Do I think it will stick around as a genre?
I mean, it goes back to Jack London (and beyond).
I’ve written about the genre before…this one is from 2012:
Some people clearly like to imagine the world becoming worse…well, an optimist like me figures its because people like fantasy. 😉
Actually, in most dystopias, it’s about people overcoming the circumstances (and often overturning the status quo), which is a hopeful vision, right?
What do you think? Do you read dystopias? Do you read utopias? Why do people like dystopias…because they think the world is getting worse, or because they think that ultimately, good and joy will triumph? Are they meant as warnings, or thinly veiled criticisms…or all of the above? Will you pay $199 for an Echo? If someone had never read Ruth Rendell, is there one you’d recommend? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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