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Jason Heller

Forfatter af Taft 2012

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The Time Traveller's Almanac (2013) — Bidragyder — 565 eksemplarer
Clarkesworld: Issue 100 (January 2015) (2015) — Bidragyder — 38 eksemplarer
Swords v. Cthulhu (1852) — Bidragyder — 30 eksemplarer
Nightmares Unhinged: Twenty Tales of Terror (2015) — Bidragyder — 30 eksemplarer
Descended From Darkness: Apex Magazine Vol. I (2009) — Bidragyder — 17 eksemplarer
Clarkesworld: Issue 073 (October 2012) (2012) — Non-fiction editor — 16 eksemplarer
Clarkesworld: Issue 071 (August 2012) (2012) — Non-fiction editor — 14 eksemplarer
Clarkesworld: Issue 111 (December 2015) (2015) — Forfatter, nogle udgaver14 eksemplarer
Let's All Go to the Science Fiction Disco (2013) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
Clarkesworld: Issue 074 (November 2012) (2012) — Non-fiction editor — 9 eksemplarer
Clarkesworld: Issue 064 (January 2012) (2012) — Non-fiction editor — 6 eksemplarer
Clarkesworld: Issue 072 (September 2012) (2012) — Non-fiction editor — 6 eksemplarer
Clarkesworld: Issue 069 (June 2012) (2012) — Non-fiction editor — 6 eksemplarer
Clarkesworld: Issue 065 (February 2012) (2012) — Non-fiction editor — 5 eksemplarer
Clarkesworld: Issue 070 (July 2012) (2012) — Non-fiction editor — 4 eksemplarer
Clarkesworld: Issue 067 (April 2012) (2012) — Non-fiction editor — 4 eksemplarer
Clarkesworld: Issue 066 (March 2012) (2012) — Non-fiction editor — 4 eksemplarer
Blood Business: Crime Stories From This World And Beyond (2017) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
Clarkesworld: Issue 068 (May 2012) (2012) — Non-fiction editor — 3 eksemplarer

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I love the idea of this book as I understood it before reading it, but don't much care for the execution. If only I had read the acknowledgements page first, in which the author thanks his editor for giving him this idea, and mentions that this first time novelist is the previous author of The Captain Jack Sparrow Handbook. Oh. That would have seriously adjusted my expectations of what kind of book this was; less serious yet playful examination of American politics by an inspired novelist, and more... hired out playful silliness. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

But indeed, the worst parts of this book are when the author tries to get somewhat serious and forces Taft to speak awful political platitudes. Thankfully, those moments occur less often than the silliness: Taft learning to Wii, Taft learning to use Twitter, Taft getting drunk in a bar and listening to a bad punk band and going home with the barmaid, Taft having a digestive problem, Taft encountering modern talk show hosts. Those are somewhat amusing, so fair play to the author for that.

Now, could someone please try to convince an accomplished novelist to imagine Theodore Roosevelt returning to campaign for President in 2016? Ah well.
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lelandleslie | 48 andre anmeldelser | Feb 24, 2024 |
Hugo Award–winner Jason Heller traverses the realm of 1970s science fiction in his thorough cultural history that examines how the genre influenced music and musicians, from David Bowie’s 1969 “Space Oddity” to the “tipping point” in 1977, when Star Wars, Alan Parsons Project’s I, Robot, and Styx’s “Come Sail Away” were all released. Never before has anyone written a book on how sci-fi paved the way for major musical and pop culture innovations. David Bowie’s career is a constant thread throughout, from his “Space Oddity” song (inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey and the Apollo 11 moon landing), which Heller establishes as the catalyst for sci-fi infiltrating 1970s music, to its sequel “Ashes to Ashes” in 1980, demonstrating the Bowie was at the forefront of musical innovation within this decade that often gets ridiculed for disco. Heller excavates sci-fi influences across genres including the influences that shapes Rush's classic album 2112; the robotic aesthetic of electronic duo Kraftwerk and their cold, mechanical, synthesizer-driven music; the dystopian lyrics of postpunk bands such as Joy Division; and the extraterrestrial liberation baked into the identity of seminal funk band Parliament. Heller concludes that, while countless bands wrote songs about science fiction, Bowie stood apart because he “was science fiction.” Heller concludes the book with a brief discussion on Bowie's last album and his elusive death. It's really all I could ever ask for in a book and possibly the most interesting music book of 2018. My only critique is that I wished he wrote an epilogue that briefly discussed the late 80s and 90s.… (mere)
 
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ryantlaferney87 | 3 andre anmeldelser | Dec 8, 2023 |
Good idea, fun read, but could have been so much better.
 
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minkscat | 48 andre anmeldelser | Jan 29, 2022 |

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