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Now Reading: (Resumed)The Art Of Capacity Planning by John Allspaw.

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Forbidden Planets by Marvin Kaye
This was a science fiction anthology based around the theme of— get this— forbidden planets. I must admit that I wasn't particularly wowed by five of the six short stories in the volume. However, the sixth (“No Place Like Home” by Julie E. Czerneda) was rather good.
Software by Rudy Rucker
Despite my lukewarm review ofWetware,I gave in to curiosity and ordered bothSoftwareandFreewarefrom paperbackswap.com.Software felt, to me, like a rather long short story one might find in an issue ofOmni orAsimov's Science Fiction Magazine. Entertaining, but suffused with the ideas of an earlier age, an age of microcomputers, Pac-Man, andStar Wars.The author depicts a future filled with burned-out hippies and their stoner slacker descendants. This includes the allegedly brilliant inventor of the Boppers, a race of sentient robots. This book felt as though even it, the first volume of the series, may have been a later volume, since the reader is presented with an interesting past that the narrator mentions but tends to gloss over, almost as though he were attempting to refresh the reader's memory.
Freeware by Rudy Rucker
The third book of the *ware series,Freeware shows us the fate of the Moldies, the semi-organic descendants of the Boppers. The Boppers' fully-organic descendants, the meatbops, are apparently extinct and forgotten, though there is a girl on the Moon with some interesting imaginary friends. Throughout the book, we are treated to numerous descriptions of man-on-moldie action. Then a signal from outer space is decoded and things get a bit silly. I don't think I'll pick up the next book,Realware, but that's pretty much what I said when I finishedWetware,so who knows?
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