Midwest Book Review: The Fridgularity is “highly recommended”

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Woo, great review news — the Midwest Book Review, which is one of the few well-respected review outfits used by librarians and archivists that still reviews independent and small press books — has given The Fridgularity a glowing review:

“The Internet is accessible by more and more things, even when it may be that it isn’t the best idea. “The Fridgulairty” is a science fiction adventure following Blake Given and his web-enabled fridge which has chosen to take on the world by shutting off the internet, and Blake has to deal with the sudden disappearance of the once so vital internet, while trying to live life as a human being. With plenty of humor and much more, “The Fridgularity” is an exciting, sci-fi view askew, highly recommended.”

I was intrigued to see they’d listed it under SF and Fantasy, not humor, so the book is clearly working in that genre. You can see it here, and check out MBR’s whole website here.

Alltop comes highly recommended, by its mother. Photo by AlwaysBelieve on DeviantArt.

Ask General Kang: Did you have the Olympics on your home world?

Ask General KangThat is a ridiculous question! I come from another planet, deep in another galaxy, on which the dominant lifeforms have evolved along a completely different track from you humans.

What are the odds that we would have a celebration of sporting excellence that happens every four years, a measure of time based on your own star, the sun, incidentally?

Do you know how improbable it would be for that to happen?  Not even to mention the cultural unlikelihood of an exact replication of your sports.  Can you imagine how badly a gorilloid would do in the 200-meter butterfly event? They’d just sink to the bottom of the pool! And just think of how horrible it would be to watch an über-chimp try to run the 100-meter — we’d scrape our knuckles to the bone.

Besides, we couldn’t afford to bribe the IOC — that shit is expensive.

Next time:
how often should you clean your Space Weasel’s hyper-cube?

Alltop is the Olympics of funny.

Why doesn’t SF produce “big idea” books anymore?


“…today you don’t need to read SF to get a sense of wonder high: you can just browse “New Scientist”. We’re living in the frickin’ 21st century. Killer robot drones are assassinating people in the hills of Afghanistan. Our civilisation has been invaded and conquered by the hive intelligences of multinational corporations, directed by the new aristocracy of the 0.1%. There are space probes in orbit around Saturn and en route to Pluto. Surgeons are carrying out face transplants. I have more computing power and data storage in my office than probably the entire world had in 1980. (Definitely than in 1970.) We’re carrying out this Mind Meld via the internet, and if that isn’t a 1980s cyberpunk vision that’s imploded into the present, warts and all, I don’t know what is. Seriously: to the extent that mainstream literary fiction is about the perfect microscopic anatomization of everyday mundane life, a true and accurate mainstream literary novel today ought to read like a masterpiece of cyberpunk dystopian SF.”

Charlie Stross, SF, big ideas, ideology: what is to be done?

Vintage Ads of Fictional Futures, so far so good

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the gallery of entries yet, you really should. There is some great stuff there. And IO9 just linked to the gallery, and they did a nifty little selection they liked.

Here’s just a taste:

Yes We Can!

Title: Yes We Can
Based on: The Wizard of Oz

The Suk Doctors
Title: Suk Doctors
Based on: Dune (The Suk Doctors – wiki)

Eloi - the other white meat
Title: Eloi – The Other White Meat

Based on: The Time Machine

Details on how to enter are at the bottom of the gallery page or below, on The Skwib. You have until October 4th, so there’s still lots of time!

Alltop loves a good Eloi roast.