1 de junio de 2016

Junio ya.

Pues aquí estamos de nuevo, en este irrelevante y agonizante blog, con la típica (y única) entrada de lo que terminé de leer el mes pasado:

#26.- Charles Stross - Accelerando (2005).

Ciencia ficción. De la dura, de cuando llega la singularidad, un poco antes y bastante después, de humanos, poshumanos, conciencias artificiales, economías parasitarias estelares, esferas de Dysson de datos y así podría seguir hasta el confín del Universo. Interesante, a mí me gustó. Un 8.

De la contraportada: Manfred Macx es un emprendedor altruista: su trabajo consiste en hacer ricos a los demás. Para ello se especializa en estar conectado al flujo de información constante que es la característica principal de la sociedad del futuro próximo, y de él extrae originales ideas que pueden cambiar el mundo, y a menudo lo hacen. Pero Macx es algo más: con sus implantes y su filosofía, está dos pasos por delante de la ola tecnológica. Y puede ver claramente que se aproxima la singularidad. En las primeras décadas del siglo XXI, el mundo se convulsiona en la agonía de un parto superlativo: poco a poco, se acerca el momento en que la mayor parte de la capacidad de procesamiento será artificial, no nacida, y entonces la humanidad habrá quedado obsoleta. En una era de copias cibernéticas, conectividad total, inteligencias artificiales, mentes colectivas, viajes espaciales a velocidades relativistas y la paulatina conversión del sistema solar en computronio, ¿qué puede sorprendernos ya? Sólo la llegada de una señal extraterrestre que quizá indique la ruta de acceso al nodo de red del espacio local.


#27.- Warren Ellis y John Cassaday - Planetary números 1-27 (1998-2009).

Ciencia ficción. Cómic. Me gusta mezclar, comidas, bebidas, drogas, amigos, razas, nacionalidades..., de las mezclas salen casi siempre cosas interesantes. Y precisamente en una fiesta de multicumpleaños, en la que había gente de diversos pelajes, uno de ellos con el que me tropiezo muy de vez en cuando y hablando de cómics, tras comentar un poco, tipo "pues se va a emitir Preacher, a ver qué sale de allí" me recomendó éste, que me iba a gustar decía. Y me gustó. Un 9.

De Amazon: ...Earth-shattering adventures from Windstorm stars a team of super-powered archaeologists who have uncovered evidence of super-human activity that spans the centuries. The team includes the ancient -- and incredibly powerful -- Elijah Snow, hot-tempered Jakita Wagner, and the seemingly insane Drummer, as they deal with the abrupt appearance of a new mountain range in America and the shocking truth behind the near-destruction of the planet by the gods, which happened in 1950!


#28.- Warren Ellis y Phil Jimenez - Planetary - The Authority - Ruling the World (2000).

Ciencia ficción. Cómic. Pues una vez terminada la historia principal y como no  podía ser de otra manera, me dediqué a los spin-off. En éste pues eso, lo que dice el título. Un poco más flojo. Un 8.

Del wiki de DC: A giant, octopus-like creature, accompanied by various toothy flying fish creatures, has turned the town of Judgement, Rhode Island into a war zone, and judging by Elijah Snow's tirade, The Drummer is somehow responsible. As Planetary leaves the scene, The Authority, self-proclaimed protectors of Earth, successfully clean up the mess. Snow's critical assessment is accurate, for he'd encountered the mysterious eggs (one of which spawned the mammoth beast) back in 1931, when a novelist inadvertently discovered a portal into The Bleed -- the space between universes.

While the Authority is making the Bleed connection, and tying one of the eggs (hatched by human touch) to an energy signature in the Adirondacks they'd monitored previously, Snow is dismayed to learn that his teammates have turned their attention to The Authority itself. Indeed, they intend to break onto their 50-mile long ship, The Carrier, to access the vast informational archive stored there. Teleporting on, they are collecting data when they receive word that the Adirondacks base containing Doc Brass's super-computer has been compromised. A psychotic who learned about the Bleed via the aforementioned novelist has infiltrated Planetary intending to use the computer to kill the world.

The Authority, monitoring the situation themselves, also responds, and both teams arrive on the scene simultaneously. Outside the base, Jenny Sparks' team encounters an ever-growing army of killer robots; inside, Planetary finds their team (and the madman who killed them) dead and the computer Brass guarded for 50 years operating -- and opening a doorway to marauders from another universe, including a demonic, alternate-reality version of the Authority itself. Working independently, the teams overcome the invading force and shut down the computer, leaving each group conscious that future battles are yet to come.



#29.- Warren Ellis, Jerry Ordway y David Baron - Planetary - JLA - Terra Occulta (2002).

Ciencia ficción. Cómic. Tras haber disfrutado de Planetary no me acabó de gustar este universo alternativo ni el papel que en él tiene la organización. Un 7.5.

De la wiki de DC (más que una sinopsis es la novela, oiga): In Central Park Diana Prince sits on a bench writing to her mother of Man's World. After finishing her musings she heads to Grand Central Station to use Planetary Portals to take a first-class portal to Gotham City. She enters a glowing wall and is instantly transported to Gotham where she makes her way through the station and into the city.

Diana arrives at a Wayne Enterprises party where Doctor Julius Erdel is explaining his theory on the Time Track Loop. While discussing her business with several gentlemen, Bruce Wayne interrupts Diana's conversation, annoying the men. Wayne invites her back to his place and Diana agrees telling him that she always wanted to see stately Wayne Manor.

After arriving at Wayne Manor Alfred, Bruce's butler informs him that all of the security systems are in place and nothing inside the grounds can be seen or heard. Diana and Bruce make their way further into Wayne Manor and discuss Wayne's problems with Diana using the Portal. Diana asks when Clark would be arriving. Alfred reports that the surveillance satellite would be in conjunction in three minutes. Diana is puzzled before Bruce explains that he planned his party to coincide with an occasional phenomenon where there is a six-minute period where there is no surveillance between Gotham and Metropolis.

A few minutes later Bruce and Diana are on the balcony when Clark arrives, floating above them. After some small talk Bruce leads them to the cave under the manor telling them that there is good news and bad news. Clark asks what the news is and Bruce replies that he thinks that they killed Clark's parents. Bruce explains that the great technological leap that occurred is definitely sourced in the reverse engineering of the craft that brought Clark to Earth. Bruce's considerable detective work dug up the fact that Clark's parents were not killed in a natural disaster as previously thought but were in fact both shot in the head. Bruce adds that he suspects that they are watching Clark even as they watch Diana waiting to see if they'll find out and what they would do if they did. Clark becomes angry but asks what the good news was. Bruce replies that he had broken into the Planetary system and discovered the destruction of Diana's people. Not only that, he soon found that other people with special abilities had been captured and studied in addition to items of power being found and used to advance the technology. Finally, Bruce shows them video of the four people that were behind the Planetary system. Two were familiar to Clark and Diana: Jakita Wagner and Ambrose Chase, the enforcers for the system. In addition there is The Drummer, who controls the Internet and who flows through every communication on the planet. Finally there is the shadowy Elijah Snow, who runs the system, who is over a century old and has been stealing technology since he was nineteen and killing since he was twenty.

After his explanation, Bruce asks if Diana and Clark would join with him to bring these murderers to justice. They agree and the trio head to Dr. Erdel's laboratory. Dr. Erdel is working in the field of time physics, which Bruce has funded in an effort to combat Ambrose Chase's localized physics distortion field. When they reach the lab, they discover that Erdel has created a time loop: where physics is bent double inside the loop and light cuts a channel into the future and comes screaming back. Bruce goes on to explain that if a person were to step into the field at the start point and take three steps forward and then step out of the field: they would be transported one year into the future! If a person were to step back in and walk back they would return to the present. Bruce tells Clark and Diana that he doesn't like the look of the light and that it was too bright: meaning that Erdel was using too much power. Clark uses his x-ray vision and informs his colleagues that half of the power in Gotham had just gone out: leading Bruce to assume that Erdel was tapping into the city's power grid. While Snow, Wagner and Chase watch from their base on the moon, Bruce tries to get Erdel to shut down the machine. Before he can do so, a green creature appears before them. Diana orders Erdel to send the creature, who she thinks is an alien who was visiting Earth in the past, back where he came from. She goes on to say that the atmosphere of the present was killing the creature since it came from seventy-five million years ago. Erdel is unsure if he can do so. Clark uses his x-ray vision on the creature and says that he thought the creature was changing shape of its lungs to compensate for the difference in the atmosphere.

Before anything more could be done, Bruce shouts that they have incoming. Suddenly Ambrose Chase steps out of a transport field. Clark quickly scans Chase and finds his transport generator. Moving with hyper speed, Kent uses his heat vision to burn a hole in Chase's coat, which causes the generator to fall to the ground. This doesn't keep Chase from squeezing local time and pulling out his guns. Clark leaps at Chase and crushes the gunman's hands. Chase howls and focuses his powers on Kent. With all of his might, Kent manages to push Chase into the time loop and normal time is restored. Bruce throws a bat shaped shuriken at the device controlling the loop and it violently shuts down. Diana discovers that Erdel had been killed in the gunfire.

Bruce tells them that despite all that had been lost, they have gained something in the form of a Planetary Portal Generator. The three step through and find themselves at the Planetary watchtower on the moon. Diana barely has time to ask which way they should head, before a voice booms over a loud speaker, welcoming them to the Watchtower. Shields appear around Kent and separate the three heroes. The voice tells Clark, Bruce and Diana that it would like to demonstrate something. It goes on to explain the reasons why Clark Kent has the powers that he does. It continues to say that Clark did have a weakness inherent in the way his powers work and that if he was exposed to a weaker gravity or left bereft of his air supply it might be possible to kill him. All the while the voice is explaining this Bruce and Diana watch helplessly as Clark is released into space. After Clark is left to die the voice introduces itself as Elijah Snow and tells Bruce and Diana if they tell him where Chase was they would be "let go" as easily as Kent. If they refused their bodies would be, in Snow's words, very hard to look at.

Diana and Bruce run deeper into the Watchtower in an effort to escape. Diana comes upon the bodies of several Green Lanterns and Jade, which are being held in tubes. Before she can examine them further Wagner appears and taunts Diana verbally. She reveals that she was the one that destroyed Paradise Island because she didn't want Diana to try and teach the world their brand of peace. She also tells her that she wasn't going to allow Diana to try and change the world anymore and that it was time for the Amazon to die. Diana mentally activates her bracelets and her clothes change to a white uniform and various styles of swords hover around her.

While the two women engage in combat Bruce runs through the Watchtower on his way to face Snow, while Snow asks Bruce what he intends to do once Bruce finds him. Bruce counters that he knows who Snow is and that twenty years before, Bruce's parent allied themselves with like-minded individuals and discovered that certain treatments and technologies were being withheld. The group saw even then how Snow and his allies were changing the world. The group was going to form a League of Justice to oppose this but Snow killed them before they could do so. Bruce, after donning a bat shaped mask, finally faces Snow, who not only admits that he killed Bruce's parents but made Bruce watch. He goes on to explain that he is over one hundred years old and that the gathering the secrets and holding them close has been his grand enterprise. He continues to explain that normal people would not be able to appreciate it and they would waste it like they wasted everything. He tells Bruce that he is not good enough to come along and that it was time to die.

Diana and Wagner continue their battle. After evading Wagner's sword, Diana punches her opponent and tries to press forward. Wagner counters by throwing her sword, which punctures Diana's shoulder. Bruce, meanwhile, walks through the snow that Snow had conjured, informing Snow that he had spent twenty years training for this fight and that he had found a way around Snow's temperature manipulation ability. Bruce tells Snow that if Snow is going to kill him, then he is going to have to do it with his bare hands. Snow draws two pistols and begins to fire at Bruce. Wagner continues to pound Diana and smashes through her sword defenses. Finally Wagner thrusts her sword into Diana's stomach. Back in Snow's office, Bruce evades Snow's gunfire and takes out two batarangs and throws them at Snow. They catch Snow in the chest and Bruce rushes the older man and knocks him to the floor.

Snow informs Bruce that if he is ever to be safe, that he is going to have to kill him. Snow taunts Bruce saying that he has been watching Bruce for twenty years and that he knows that Bruce doesn't kill. Suddenly a sword is thrust into Snow's skull, killing him. Bruce watches as Diana tells the dead Snow that she is capable of killing him. Bruce and Diana look at eachother for a moment before Diana tells Bruce that they have won themselves a world and wonders what they are going to do with it. In space, Clark Kent's body floats in orbit around the moon, his glasses floating deeper into space.



#30.- James S.A. Corey - Gods of risk (2012).

Ciencia ficción. Novela corta. Entre cómic y cómic seguía con los libros y, entre éstos, con el Universo Expanse. Igual un poco flojo, oiga. Un 7.

De la contraportada: As tension between Mars and Earth mounts, and terrorism plagues the Martian city of Londres Nova, sixteen-year-old David Draper is fighting his own lonely war. A gifted chemist vying for a place at the university, David leads a secret life as a manufacturer for a ruthless drug dealer. When his friend Leelee goes missing, leaving signs of the dealer's involvement, David takes it upon himself to save her. But first he must shake his aunt Bobbie Draper, an ex-marine who has been set adrift in her own life after a mysterious series of events nobody is talking about. Set in the hard-scrabble solar system of Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War, Chemistry deepens James S. A. Corey's acclaimed Expanse series.



#31.- Warren Ellis, David Baron y John Cassaday - Planetary - Batman - Night on Earth (2003).

Ciencia ficción. Cómic. Resulta interesante. Un 8.

De la wiki de DC: The Planetary team travels to Gotham City, in order to find a man known as John Black. They meet with representatives from the local office, explaining that Black's father was a survivor of Science City Zero, and they believe his father may have passed on some genetic enhancements to Black.

Their suspicions are confirmed when they see pictures of Black's victims, who met grisly, seemingly multidimensional fates. Investigating the spot he was last seen, they find him, but in chasing him encounter a bizarre individual dressed as a giant bat: Batman. Snow and The Drummer pursue Black; Jakita fights the Batman.

The insane Black's power is apparently to generate a multidimensional field, which rewrites sections of reality about him by sending his immediate sphere of influence careening across parallel worlds in the multiverse. Although Black and the Planetary team are unaffected, the journey draws different versions of the Batman from multiple worlds into the conflict, each singly determined to bring Black to justice, despite Planetary's insistence that only they can help him.

It's only when one such shift brings enlightenment to Batman and Black -- both men lost their parents to murderers -- that Planetary is able to convince Batman to let them take him in.


#32.- Mike Resnik - Starship: Pirata (2011).

Ciencia ficción. Continúa la historia que sigo por seguir. Un 5 por decir algo.

De la contraportada: El capitán Wilson Cole es víctima de un linchamiento mediático. Los políticos quieren utilizarlo como chivo expiatorio y debe enfrentarse a un consejo de guerra, del cual escapa cuando los leales tripulantes de la Theodore Roosevelt lo rescatan. Obligados a encontrar una nueva forma de vida, Wilson Cole y su tripulación transforman la Theodore Roosevelt en una nave pirata y se dirigen hacia la Frontera Interior, una región sin ley. El capitán intentará educarse en las técnicas de la piratería y buscará personas curtidas en el oficio. Así conocerá a la bella pero mortífera Valquiria, y a un enigmático alienígena que responde al nombre de David Copperfield. Sin embargo, la amenaza de un temible pirata alienígena, Tiburón Martillo, se cierne sobre la Theodore Roosevelt.


#33.- Svante Pääbo - Neanderthal man. In search of lost genomes (2014).

Divulgación, ciencia. En la misma fiesta en que me sugirieron Planetary, Rantamplán me comentó un poco de este libro, diciéndome que me iba a gustar y acertó. Un libro muy interesante, de cómo se ha podido secuenciar el genoma de especies desaparecidas hace varios miles de años y qué se ha aprendido de ello, así como en que nos afecta como humanos, a nosotros y a nuestros antepasados. En serio, engancha. Un 9,5.

De Amazon: Neanderthal Man tells the story of geneticist Svante Pääbo’s mission to answer this question: what can we learn from the genomes of our closest evolutionary relatives? Beginning with the study of DNA in Egyptian mummies in the early 1980s and culminating in the sequencing of the Neanderthal genome in 2010, Neanderthal Man describes the events, intrigues, failures, and triumphs of these scientifically rich years through the lens of the pioneer and inventor of the field of ancient DNA. We learn that Neanderthal genes offer a unique window into the lives of our hominid relatives and may hold the key to unlocking the mystery of why humans survived while Neanderthals went extinct. Pääbo’s findings have not only redrawn our family tree, but recast the fundamentals of human history—the biological beginnings of fully modern Homo sapiens, the direct ancestors of all people alive today.


#34. James S.A. Corey - Drive (2012).

Ciencia ficción. Relato. Previo a The Expanse, interesante. Un 7,5.

De la contraportada: The Expanse, premiering in December 2015 on Syfy, is based on The New York Times best selling book series by James S.A. Corey. Set two hundred years in the future, where man has colonized the outer asteroid belt, The Expanse follows the case of a missing girl that brings together a hardened detective and a rogue ship captain in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history. "Drive" highlights a key moment in The Expanse universe whose ramifications set the foundation for the show.


#35.- John Scalzi - The Sagan diary (2014).

Ciencia ficción. Novela corta. Resulta que no había leído todo lo que había del Universo de Old man war; que supiera me faltaba al menos éste. Curioso. Un 7.

De la contraportada: Fans of John Scalzi's "Old Man" universe, prepare yourselves: there's a long new story in that universe, told from the point of view of one of the series' most intriguing characters. Subterranean Press is proud to publish The Sagan Diary, a long novelette that for the first time looks at the worlds of the Hugo-nominated Old Man's War and its sequel The Ghost Brigades from the point of view of Lieutenant Jane Sagan, who in a series of diary entries gives her views on some of the events included in the series... and sheds new light into some previously unexplored corners. If you thought you knew Jane Sagan before, prepare to be surprised.



#36.- James S.A. Corey - The Churn (2014).

Ciencia ficción. Novela corta. ¿Y cómo llegó Amos, un niño pobre, sin registrar, delincuente juvenil en los barrios bajos de una ciudad terrestre, al espacio? Ésta es su historia, en el Universo Expanse. Un 8.

De la contraportada: Before his trip to the stars, before the Rocinante, Amos Burton was confined to a Baltimore where crime paid you or killed you. Unless the authorities got to you first.

Set in the hard-scrabble solar system of Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War, Abaddon's Gate and the upcoming Cibola Burn, The Churn expands the world of James S. A. Corey's acclaimed Expanse series.


Y poco más, que ya casi se nos ha ido medio año. Salud y tal.



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