Beckett’s themes are societal inequalities, the strengths and dangers of mythmaking, the ways in which knowledge is power. One gets an almost Biblical, early dynastic sense of history here, and something of a foreshadowing that life on Eden will continue to replicate the lines of the history we know.
Archive for May, 2015
I find one favorite story in each of the publications reviewed this time. Publications Reviewed Beneath Ceaseless Skies #173-174, May 2015 Tor.com, May 2015 Analog, July/August 2015 Asimov’s, July 2015 Beneath Ceaseless Skies #173-174, May 2015 There’s no obvious connection between the stories in Issue #173; both stories in #174, the better issue, are set […]
Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland is a film that one yearns to love, but not a film one can actually love …. One wishes to argue that that this film needs to be cherished and celebrated because of its resoundingly optimistic message about the future, driven home by an uplifting and emotionally powerful conclusion that constitutes by far the film’s best sequence; but sadly, the more one thinks about that message, the less resonant it seems.
George Miller’s new installment of the Mad Max saga must stand entirely on its own, and for the most part it does so remarkably well …. And those seeking intellectual as well as physical stimulation will find that the film’s dystopian future society is interestingly in dialogue with a modern world that no longer shares the concerns that inspired the original series.
Where sits along one of those inter-generic fault lines, or (to shift metaphors) it is contained in a literary Schrödinger box, waiting for some categorical function to collapse it into a definite condition of fantasy or science fiction or magic-realism or expressionism, or any number of half-sibling traditions and forms.