There is an intentional stiffness to many of the scenes as if one were paging through a collection of old time photographs. This adds to the suspense during the darker and more challenging moments of Tesla’s life, giving the characters a cloak and daguerreotype atmosphere.
In the world I imagined, religion still existed, but where freedoms are limited, religious freedoms are also repressed. I don’t believe a lack of religious thought has anything to do with technology, other than how much that technology might allow others to control our behavior. I have a friend from Poland who cried when she read this story. She said it reminded her of her childhood under communist rule, and that my portrayal of the US under similar circumstances was so realistic that it brought her to tears.
With all the character transformations, it’s easy to forget that Boxers isn’t a superpower fantasy or mythology. It’s easy to forget that these were real people and real lives with modern, real consequences.
Thanks to the protective power of public domain, nearly all of Jules Verne’s work can be downloaded for free. And while watching a movie isn’t the same as reading a great book, check out this classic, 1953 version of Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea Isotropic Fiction found on youtube.com
“I don’t think every story has been told before. If it has, then we would probably have tuned out long ago and relied on re-runs.”
Most importantly, Action Teenz #2 was fun. It stands on its own, and readers will look forward to seeing where Action Teenz #3 goes. Hopefully it won’t be as long a wait.
In my writings, I deal with demons, mad scientists, serial killers, otherworldly entities, werewolves, devil worshipers, witches, vampires, Lovecraftian beings, etc. Do these reflect my reality? I’ll never tell.
Reality is far more wondrous, weird and synchronistic than it seems.
In many cases the adrenaline rush from a well written chase scene suspends disbelief. Egan’s focus on hard science, while refreshing and more stimulating than a dry textbook, outweighs any of the social problems faced by Yalda and her circle. The effect is similar to Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott: a wonderful mental challenge, gilded by a cursory and unsatisfying look at gender politics.
It would be a pleasure to spend several thousand words writing about Le Guin’s contributions to feminism, literature, and genre writing, but much of this is available elsewhere on the internet. Instead of rehashing what’s been written about the author, check out “Orsinian Tales,” Le Guin’s 1976 collection of short stories.