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Reading Gardner Dozois' The Year's Best Science Fiction 29. Normally, I don't find much to enjoy in these collections, as my personal taste is way out of step with the editor's. However, there have been a few really good stories so far and one piece of absolute magic from Michael Swanwick. Why the Americans have not bowed down before this man and made of him a God, I'll never know.

Anyway, check the story out for yourself -- it's free on tor.com!


I've seen two episodes of the SyFy channel's Continuum. Why? you ask, bewildered, disappointed in me. 

It looks like the usual crap -- ridiculously attractive protagonist takes down "bad guys" in one thinly-plotted episode after another. Heck it *is* the usual crap. The story follows a future super-cop in her pursuit of terrorists back through time to the current day. Here, she must fight to stop them changing the future to their own advantage.

Sounds awful, right?

Except... except... The good-girl cop is protecting a corporate dictatorship from bat-shit evil murderers who are fighting to restore democracy. The cop, in our time, keeps reassuring her geek ally, "Don't worry, I know how it all turns out," and he has no idea that she means dictatorship.

I can't help being intrigued. Will she see the error of her ways? Or is the show a trojan horse trying to convince the viewers that a Corporate Dicatorship would be great for all? I need to keep watching.



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Oct. 9th, 2012 06:38 pm (UTC)
Let us know what you conclude,
so we can decide about watching it on DVD in another year or two...
Oct. 9th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
I certainly will!
Oct. 9th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
Nice story.

The last paragraph about Continuum is intriguing....
Oct. 9th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
Yes and yes :)
Oct. 9th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard of it before, but Continuum does sound intriguing from your description, although I don't get the SyFy Channel so I can't watch it at the moment.
Oct. 9th, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we'll see how it goes. My suspicion is that it will get too crappy to keep me interested, but I'm hoping to be very wrong...
Oct. 10th, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
That's a very good Swanwick story. Thanks for linking it!
Oct. 10th, 2012 06:43 am (UTC)
You are most welcome!
Oct. 10th, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
ooh. Good to know that one starts well, as I just bought it. Should read it and comment at some point in the next couple of years...
Oct. 10th, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
I hope you find something to enjoy. There were a few real duds too, however :(
Oct. 10th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
So many people are telling me to watch Continuum! Of course, people are also telling me I should watch Teen Wolf...
Oct. 11th, 2012 09:10 am (UTC)
One of life's many contradictions :)

Continuum is definitely teetering over Crap Ravine, but if it can keep this intriguing back-story going, I don't think I'll be able to stop watching!
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