Friday, November 21, 2008

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Declaration
Gemma Malley
301 pages; published 2007

… journals and writing were forbidden at Grange Hall. Surpluses were not there to read and write; they were there to learn and work, Mrs Pincent told them regularly. She said that things would be much easier if they didn’t have to teach them to read and write in the first place, because reading and writing were a dangerous business; they made you think, and Surpluses who thought too much were useless and difficult. (16)

Science has made the leap to curing heart disease, it has cured aids, it has cured cancer. And now it has cured death. With the invention of a new drug called ‘Longevity’ people can literally life forever.


With such drastic advancements, however, come equally drastic restrictions. With no people leaving the planet, there is no room for any new ones and so the Declaration is formed: a legal document that outlaws the birth of any child from parents taking Longevity. Any such child is an illegal “surplus”, a drain on the planets resources, thieving of a life they were not allotted.


Anna is one such surplus. A prefect at Grange Hall, part orphanage-part drilling facility, Anna is everything a surplus should be: she works hard, accepts any and all punishment (no matter how harsh), hates her criminal parents, and desires above all else to be a Valuable Asset. All she wants to do is prove useful, to remove some small degree of the shame and sin her parents had lumped her with. She “Knows Her Place.”


When the Catchers apprehend Peter, a sixteen year old surplus, and deliver him to Grange Hall, Anna’s orderly life meets an unexpected turn. Illegals aren’t normally caught so late in life and Peter has known too much of freedom to give it up so willingly.


But there are other things Peter knows, too. Like that Anna’s parents never wanted to give her up. That her name isn’t “Surplus Anna” but Anna Covey. And, most dangerous of all, that there’s a way to escape from Grange Hall…

The Declaration, Malley’s first novel (her second, The Resistance, a sequel to Declaration was published in September) was an intriguing read, questioning life and who has the right to it. Anna’s voice, so heavily indoctrinated in the dogma of this dystopian society, so believing of her own worthlessness was painfully touching in parts. An interesting exploration of a world in which the rights to a child, not to mention of the child, are virtually non-existent. Definitely recommended. 4.5/5

Friday, November 7, 2008

Elizabeth's 42

1 - I,robot by Howard S. Smith
2 -Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi
3 - Foundation by Isaac Asimov
4 -Til Human Voices Wake Us by Mark Budz
5 - All the Windwracked Stars by Elizabeth Bear
6 - In Her Name by Michael R. Hicks
7 - The Host by Stephenie Meyer
8 - Big Big Sky by Kristyn Dunnion
9 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 11 - "Sometimes a Great Notion"
10 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 12 - "A Disquiet Follows My Soul"
11 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 13 - "The Oath"
12 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 14 - "Blood on the Scales"
13 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 15 - "No Exit"
14 - Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
15 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 16 - "Deadlock"
16 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 17 - "Someone to Watch Over Me"
17 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 18 - "Islanded in a Stream of Stars"
18 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 19 - "Daybreak", part 1
19 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
20 - Battlestar Galactica, Season 4, Episode 20 - "Daybreak", part 2
21 - In the Forests of the Night by Jay Lake
22 - Caprica
23 - StochastiCity by Tobias Buckell
24 - Steal Across the Sky by Nancy Kress
25 - The Red in the Sky is Our Blood by Elizabeth Bear
26 - Utere Nihil Non Extra Quiritationem Suis by John Scalzi
27 - To Hie from Far Cilenia by Karl Schroeder
28 - Repo: The Genetic Opera
29 - The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
30 - Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson
31 - Exodus by Julie Bertangna
32 - Wake by Lisa McMann
33 - Fade by Lisa Mcmann
34 - Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
35 - Watchmen
36 -Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
37 - Palimpsest by Catherynne Valente
38 - Knowing
39 - Push
40 - Race to Witch Mountain
41 - Things We Didn't See Coming by Steven Amsterdam
42 -Battlestar Galactica - The Plan

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Becky's 42 Completed

Becky

1) The Host by Stephenie Meyer
2) Neptune's Children by Bonnie Dobkin
3) The After Hours (Twilight Zone graphic novel, releases October 08)
4) Walking Distance (Twilight Zone graphic novel, releases October 08)
5) Unending, series finale to Stargate SG-1
6) Children of the God, series premiere of Stargate SG-1
7)The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
8) The Enemy Within (Stargate SG-1, Season 1, disc 1)
9) Emancipation (Stargate SG-1, Season 1, disc 1)
10) Broca Divide (Stargate SG-1, Season 1, disc 2)
12) In Her Name by Michael R. Hicks
13) Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
14) Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
15) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
16)The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
17)Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
18)Predator's Gold by Philip Reeve
19)Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve
22) Further thoughts on season one episodes of Stargate SG-1. (Cor-ai, Solitudes, There But for The Grace of God, Within the Serpent's Grasp, etc.)
24) Serpent's Song--Season 2 stargate SG-1
25) Mothstorm by Philip Reeve
26) Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
27) Marsbound by Joe Haldeman
29) "The Beautiful People" by Charles Beaumont and "Number Twelve Looks Just Like You" Twilight Zone episode: one, two, three.
30) The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
31) Season Two of Star Trek Next Generation
32) Season Three of Star Trek Next Generation
33) Old Man's War by John Scalzi
34) Feed by M.T. Anderson
35) Season Four of Star Trek Next Generation
36) War of the Worlds (1953 movie adaptation)
37) To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
38) Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
39) The Last Colony by John Scalzi
40) Star Trek: The Motion Picture
41) Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
42) Star Trek: The Search for Spock