“As every man goes through life he fills in a number of forms for the record, each containing a number of questions… There are thus hundreds of little threads radiating from every man, millions of threads in all. If these threads were suddenly to become visible, the whole sky would look like a spider’s web, and if they materialized as rubber bands, buses; trams and even people would all lose the ability to move, and the wind would be unable to carry torn-up newspapers or autumn leaves along the streets of the city. They are not visible, they are not material, but every man is constantly aware of their existence…. Each man, permanently aware of his own invisible threads, naturally develops a respect for the people who manipulate the threads.”
Below is a quote by Simon Higgs on a mailing list I am subscribed to which I think bears thinking about. I have copied it verbatim: “The amount of music online & on MP3 players isn’t relational to the market size. The reality is that the market ISN’T there. Just like the iPods are not actually there because of warranty/replacement issues, there just aren’t the consumer $$$s to go around the market. Fifteen years ago $100/mo. would buy you 10 CDs. Now it buys you a DSL/cable feed, 1000 cell phone minutes and maybe a CD if you’ve got anything left over. Forget gaming and software. The average person can’t afford all of them and buy CDs @ $17.98 as well. Record labels know this which is why they are getting hot and bothered by where their 1990 dollars are now going. Their answer is $2.50 for a 30 second ring-tone. It isn’t a revenue stream, it’s revenge..”
Well I finally finished reading Judas Unchained which is part of Peter F. Hamilton’s “Commonwealth Saga”. I purchased Pandora’s Star (The previous book in the series) on a whim in an airport bookstore late last year and am now hooked! Hamilton is definitely my favourite Sci-Fi author as of this moment.
I highly recommend purchasing both of these books however beware that they require a fairly hefty investment in time to read. I am a fairly fast reader, yet it took me over a week (including almost the entire weekend) to get through the 949 pages in Judas Unchained, and a similar amount of time for Pandora’s Star due to the very detailed plot and large number of simultaneous plot lines. You can get an idea of the style of the book from the prologue here
Well, Deren and I have returned to Istanbul after a great holiday. We managed to spend time with almost everyone we wanted to and made it to Sydney, Brisbane, Parkes and Singapore.