Monday, December 17, 2007

Planetary Politics

The New York Times suggests several SF books for US presidential candidates. I should start thinking of some for our own politicians. Will update this post soon.

Geek confession: I've read 75% of the books suggested. Several of them, twice.

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Antonio Trillanes should read:

"Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes. A dimwit gets injected with a serum to artificially increase intelligence but finds out that he is slipping back into idiocy.

"The Kobayashi Maru" by Julia Ecklar where Starfleet officers discuss the academy's infamous no-win training scenario while stranded in a shuttle.

GMA should read:

"Sabriel" by Garth Nix. A girl is thrust into a position of responsibility and finds out that she can't fill her father's shoes.

Virgilio "Garci"Garcillano

has probably read "Cryptonomicon" by Neal Stephenson, where people who manipulate numbers are the actually running global politics.

But he probably should take a look at "The Nine Billion Names of God" by Arthur Clarke. The world ends after a machine is built to count all the iterations of God's name.

Romeo Jalosjos should read "The Demolished Man" by Alfred Bester where a bored rich guy tries to manipulate the system to get away with the ultimate crime.

More soon... add your suggestions in the comments.

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