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Tue
Apr 16 2013 4:00pm

The Price of Peace: The Serene Invasion by Eric Brown

The Serene Invasion Eric Brown Book Review

It’s easy to say violence is everywhere today. Easy to assert that its effects can be felt in the real world and those we lose ourselves in alike. That its prevalence is evidenced in the video games we play as much as the news we watch, by way of the books we read no more or less than the things each of us experience.

We could also talk, for a time, about the climate of fear and the war economy it contributes to. We might additionally consider the stigma attached to sex versus our acceptance of violence in every sphere of society. But let’s leave all that for someone smarter than I. I’m here to review a book, in any event... albeit a book which addresses, in a sense, many of the aforementioned questions.

The Serene Invasion’s premise is simple yet suggestive, plain yet potentially progressive. In 2025, aliens invade. But strangely, they don’t wage war on the world. Instead, the Serene park their ships in the skies and unilaterally impose peace. By manipulating the strings of existence or some such thing, they make it impossible on the quantum level for any human being to hurt another. Every sort of violence imaginable simply ceases.

Lucky for some.

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Thu
Nov 19 2009 12:00pm

Invading Utopia: The Emerald City of Oz

After five Oz books, L. Frank Baum longed to write something else—almost anything else. He had already written a few other fantasy books (Queen Zixi of Ix, John Dough and the Cherub, and The Magical Monarch of Mo) and he had a new heroine in mind, a young girl named Trot.  His last Oz book had been filled with cameo appearances from these other books in the hopes of attracting new young readers for them. When that failed, exhaustion—and perhaps a sneaking suspicion that his Oz books were cannibalizing sales of his non-Oz books—led him to make a sweeping end to Oz in The Emerald City of Oz— with an invasion.

[Cities of fabulous evil! And, eating the citizens of Oz!]

Fri
Jul 3 2009 1:51pm

TV ain’t evil

Not all writers bemoan the existence of television as a corrosive force inevitably at odds with book reading. I’m not afraid to admit that I love television! Well, let me restate that. I love good television. There certainly is an overwhelming amount of junk food programming out there. I’ve never been able to stomach most reality shows (though Wipeout cracks me up and Project Runway is creative). I can no longer sit through serialized crime dramas. They’re all the same thing now. They use the old formula but throw in some of the disturbing imagery that was once groundbreaking when we saw it in Millennium. So when I find a show that pulls me in, I become pretty loyal and greatly frustrated when typically, it gets cancelled.

Invasion was one such show. The series aired at the time I was writing Zombie Blondes and it was far and away my favorite new show of the season that year. It was one of several shows that got the green light after the initial success of Lost. There was a whole wave of these continuous story type programs to hit the networks that fall. Most of them weren’t any good, but I thought Invasion was extremely well done. I sort of forgot how good it was, but thanks to the Chiller cable channel, which has been re-running the show the past few weeks, I’m remembering.

[More fan worship below the fold...]

Thu
Nov 13 2008 10:33am

World of Warcraft: More Invasion Thoughts

FrostwyrmMonday night, the next stage in events leading up to the Wrath of the Lich King expansion started. The Herald of the Lich King unleashes attacks on the Horde capital of Orgrimmar and the Alliance capital of Stormwind. For 15 minutes or so, undead frostwyrms fill the sky over part of the capital (Valley of Honor in Orgrimmar, the Harbor in Stormwind) while massive abominations—Frankenstein’s monster-style construct—roam the ground. Champions of the faction lead the battle, so that players’ characters fight alongside Thrall or Varian Wrynn and other prominent NPCs. I haven’t yet checked out the Alliance version, but the Horde one comes wrapped in some fun dialogue and developments, with Horde leaders arguing restraint versus boldness in taking the fight to the Lich King, an argument that escalates to a full-blown duel, and the decision to take the offensive made out in public where everyone gets to see it. The event plays out several times an hour.

This is, for me, exactly what I want in a big in-game event, and in light of previous discussion, I’m gonna poke at what I like about it.

[So, Bruce, what did you like about it?]