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notes from the field: The Clans of the Alphane Moon

Clans of the Alphane Moon

I finished The Clans of the Alphane Moon by Philip K. Dick on the flight over to Las Vegas. Dick sets up an intriguing scenario for the novel, involving a society made up of former patients of a mental asylum on the eponymous moon whose peaceful if fractious existence is threatened by the plans of the authorities of the planet Terra to restore their claims to the territory.

A bitter struggle between Chuck Rittersdorf, a CIA agent husband who hits on a plan to carry out the perfect murder of Mary, his marriage counselor ex-wife, while she is serving as the Terra representative on the moon provides the central narrative thrust of the fast-paced and thought-provoking plot. It’s just a pity that the conflict between them ends like a schmaltzy love story. Or does it? Continue reading notes from the field: The Clans of the Alphane Moon

The Windup Girl


I have to say I was more than a little skeptical when I saw critics hailing Paolo Bacigalupi as a worthy successor to William Gibson. But it only took a few pages of The Windup Girl for me to realize that my doubts were unfounded as I was hurled into a chillingly realistic new world of chronic food and energy shortages, rampant plagues and environmental disasters, and an evil cartel of Midwestern seed companies brutally imposing their biotech IP monopoly throughout the globe. Continue reading The Windup Girl