[ExI] [Extropolis] scifi

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Sat Dec 2 02:52:55 UTC 2023

I think we can see aliens or rather their works around Tabby's star
and 24 others in a cluster.

It looks like they have constructed large data centers and as a bet
they uploaded from some biological state long ago


On Fri, Dec 1, 2023 at 7:11 AM William Flynn Wallace
<foozler83 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have been reading sci-fi since I was about ten - 70 years.  Hundreds of books, many re-read.  I have learned to follow the advice: suspend your disbelief.  When a writer creates an alien race and its customs, I accept it and read on, though I might find it all ridiculous.
> So the aliens I read about cannot be 'wrong'.  But what about the humans?  Then I can differ and complain.
> What would you do if you met an alien? (let's disregard the circumstances).  Humans would faint, have anxiety attacks, flee, physically attack the alien, and so on.
> So what do the humans in sci-fi books do?  None of that.  Remark on how weird or ugly they are - that's all.  I find this unbelievable.  Unhuman.
> What would you do?  Of course you don't know, but you could speculate.
> ----------
> Currently reading 'The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet' by Becky Chambers.
> I have read several sci-fi books by female authors - Ann Leckie for one.  It is detectable that the author is female, but not that obvious.  Chambers is blatantly obvious; writing about emotions and relationships far beyond any other sci-fi author I know.  (except for Yarrow - see below)
> This book is the first of a trilogy that won the Hugo for best series.  They could have easily been re-written, taking out all the sci-fi tech and aliens.  I do enjoy it this way, though.
> Another: 'Fourth Wing' by Rebecca Yarrows - a totally smash hit, as is the sequel 'Iron Flame'.  More of a fantasy since the tech is about equal to our 18th century stuff, and there are lots of dragons and magic.  (and lots of sex and jealousies - the two main characters are about 20 years old and it shows)
> It also could have been written without those, just focusing on the emotions and relationships.  But again, I do enjoy it as is.
> Too bad we did not have more female writers from the beginning. Just a few.
> bill w
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