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BOOK HOTLINKS FOR FEB. 8TH: LOVE TRIANGLES, CYBERPUNK, STEAMPUNK, RACHEL COHN, AND PROPHETIC SCI FI

10 Bizarre Love Triangles in Science Fiction and Fantasy via io9

“[S]cience fiction and fantasy have given us plenty [of] freaky love triangles — here are 10…contenders.”

Here Comes Trouble: Tor Books Unearths Lambda Literary Award Winning Cyberpunk Masterwork via Barnes and Noble

I’m not as familiar with Cyberpunk as I am with Steampunk, but this seems like a good book to start with–whether you know anything about the genre or not. I’ll have to check it out.

Questioning the answers about steampunk via Borders

This is an interesting view of steampunk. They talk about what makes something Steampunk, and talk about “base stock” that’s required before they declare it steampunk: for some it’s the Victorian era, for some it’s the combination of the time period and the language.

Disney-Hyperion Signs Rachel Cohn Series via Publisher’s Weekly

“The series is set in the bioengineered tropical island paradise of Annex, which is staffed by soul-less clones. Beta [the first book in the series] stars two teenage girls—one a human girl and the other her clone—who are both stranded in the Annex and fall in love with the same guy. The inspiration for the plot, says Cohn, came from a dream she had about a teenage clone, available for sale at a mall, who was purchased by the wife of a powerful figure.”  Sounds really good…why do I like clone themes so much?

Science Fiction Isn’t Predictive, Except When it Is via Orbit

I think Sci Fi is predictive because the really good sci fi does two things: 1) it tries to use science accurately, and that means any technology the author imagines might be possible one day, and 2) it features social commentary in a way that can either reflect the modern culture, or extrapolate what might be if nothing changes (HG Wells was famous for this). It’s interesting to see authors talk about it though.