Majority rules... NOT

What happens when the majority is wrong? Philip K. Dick has an idea in the Minority Report. Ask Police Commissioner John Anderton, Tom Cruise in the film version. Commissioner Anderton helped form the Precrime System. It uses "precogs" to see future crimes, identifying criminals to prevent crimes from ever happening. Unfortunately, Anderton becomes a victim of his own system. The precogs identify him as a future criminal. The only way he can survive is by finding the truth buried within the precog's "minority report."

If you don't have time to read the story, we also have it available on BOCD.

Good vs. Evil

People have been talking about the end of the world for a long time. Author G. P. Taylor's stories show how it may have happened in the 1700's. In the story Shadowmancer, Vicar Obadiah Demurral decides to take on God and take over the universe. Only two youths and a mysterious person from Africa stand in his way. Wormwood tells the story of Agetta Lamian, the young housemaid of Dr. Sabian Blake. Dr. Blake has found an ancient book titled Nemorensis, which has the power to unlock the secrets of the universe. Can they save not only London but the world from the certain destruction by the comet Wormwood?

What is truth?

Author Ken MacLeod explores truth, deception, and blogs in his novel The Execution Channel. After the 9/11 attacks on Boston and Philadelphia, the war on terror has continued. Terrorist attacks are still taking place. Conspiracy theories are everywhere as the world slides towards further division. Government-backed bloggers post disinformation to help spread the chaos. And in the background, the Execution Channel, a pirate TV station, shows state-sponsored executions 24x7.

What is truth? Is history (truth) written by the victor?

What if...

the United States no longer existed. The country has fallen apart. It is primarily composed of two countries, one Islamic-based and the other Bible Belt Christians. What happened? In 2017, Massad agents detonated atomic bombs in several cities in the United States and also at Mecca. The result? Many people in the northern states converted to Islam and the country became divided. When young Islamic historian tries to find the true bombers, her lover must protect her and the truth. This is the world of Robert Ferrigno in Prayers for the Assassin and Sins of the Assassin.

A tribute...

About a year ago I blogged about one of my favorate books, Starship Trooper. Author Robert Buettner pays homage to Robert A. Heinlein's story in his novel Orphanage. Set in the not too distant future, the Earth is under attack by mysterious aliens. We don't know who they are or why they are attacking.

Global cooling from dust in the atmosphere is blocking the sun light. Plants are dying and the human race isn't expected to survive. What are we supposed to do? Jason Wander and his fellow infantry men and women must make the first manned space flight beyond our Moon to Jupiter's moon Ganymede to attack the enemy. Will they survive and make it home?

Star Wars: Clone Wars

If the recently released animated Star Wars film inspired your curiosity in the story of the Clone Wars, check out the graphic novel series of the same name. Clone Wars is a nine volume collection of graphic novels from several series in the Star Wars world. These volumes tell the story of the events following Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones up to and including Anakin Skywalker's transformation into Darth Vader. Also featured are the stories of some characters not seen in the films such as Quinlan Vos and Asajj Ventress. These graphic novels are written with a slightly older audience in mind and have a higher level of violence and a more serious mood. Full of action, espionage, and epic battles, this collection is sure to satisfy fans of the iconic Sci-Fi series.

Politics in the 24th Century...

We're deep into our presidential election cycle. The candidates are using the media to try and influence our votes. Will the 24th century prove to be any different? Not according to author L. E. Modesitt, Jr. in his book Flash. Ex-marine Jonat deVrai is hired by the Centre for Societal Research to study the effects of media in political campaigns. The story twists and turns with assassination attempts, political intrigue, and covert operations. You can learn more about the politics of the future in Modesitt's earlier novel Archform: Beauty. It is set on the some world as Flash.

The Beginning of the End

Author Jerry Jenkins tells the story of Paul Stepola set in 36 P3, 36 years after World War III. He is an agent for the National Peacekeeping Organization. The organization's purpose is to root out and stop all religious activity. What happens when Paul sees the truth of what he is doing and how it fits into world events? The series begins with Soon: The Beginning of the End, followed by Silenced: The Wrath of God Descends and Shadowed: The Final Judgement.

How do you think the world will end?

I Want to Believe

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After years of “issues” and "negotiations", this weekend marks the return of Mulder and Scully in the second X-Files movie, The X-Files: I Want to Believe. It’s been six years since the TV show went off the air and ten years since the first X-Files movie, Fight the Future. The plot synopsis for the new movie is pretty hush-hush with co-writer and director Chris Carter keeping a lid on things so that the fun “doesn’t get spoiled.” He says he likens it to Christmas morning where you may have an idea, but you still don’t quite know just what you’re going to get. He does admit that, unlike the first film, this one is a stand-alone film and moviegoers will understand and enjoy it even if they’ve never seen an episode of The X-Files. If you’re in the mood for more of Mulder and Scully, check out the first two seasons of the show on DVD here at AADL. See you at the theater!

Brain-Computer Interface

In the not to distant future, you may find yourself jacked into a computer using a Brain-computer interface. In The Century Next Door series, author John Barnes explores the concept in two of the books, Candle and The Sky So Big and Black. The stories come after the MeMe Wars, which take place in the first two books of the series.

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