August 15th, 1998

Books

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Couple of books to note. Also blame the condition of this notebook on Cayman and Guinevere.

Felice, Cynthia + Willis, Connie. Promised Land. ISBN 0441004059 PS3566.E466P76 1997. 362 pgs.

Boring book. Deanna Milleflores returns to Keramos married to someone she never met (sorta) determined to simply sell her inheritance and be gone. Turns out she has to stay a bit to make that happen. In the end she learns Keramos isn't so bad after all, and her mother was a bitch. The story could have been better told in a non SF setting, for all this treatment did.

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Dick, Philip K. Do Androids Dream of ELectric Sheep. ISBN 0345350472 216 pgs.

An interesting take on the question What is a person? Dick lost me in a couple of places, but it may have been the drugs taken while writing. In spite of that I was on my toes the entire story! Deckard is a bounty hunter who is supposed to track down androids who have escaped lives of servitude in off-world colonies and secreted themselves on earth. The difference between andies and humans is that andies have a less developed sense of morals than humans, even toward other androids. (Apparently they die after a few years too.) Deckard begins to question this somewhat. In the end the question is not answered.

(One nagging questoin in the back of my mind still is: why do androids need to be retured anyway?)

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Jassin, Lloyd + Schechter, Steven. The Copyright Permission and Libel Handbook. ISBN 0471146544. KF2994.J37 164 pgs.

Picked this book up for a couple of reasons. First, I wanted to see what impact copyright law had on me putting up the book Alcoholics Anonymous on the web a few years ago. Second, I wanted to see what I didn't know about copyright law. Turns out there wasn't much new there. But some of the stuff under the libel and invasion of privacy section was interesting. I'd been thinking that the three-way fight for Kerry might prove fertile ground for a good murder-mystery type of story (if I could ever write it). I might have to be careful with it.