The Author Cixin Liu Did It Again, An Astounding Sequel To The First Book — The Dark Forest Is Definitely Carrying A Truly Dark, Warning Message For Humanity

About 95% done with listening to The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu, and I could see the possibility of an endless, empty dark space.  The Dark Forest is the second book in the trilogy series of Three Body.  The beginning of this second book could be said a very slow start.  It takes a big, boring slow start.  Nonetheless, after a strange start, it turns into a brilliant sequel.  The sequel keeps getting better as it approaches the near ending of the second book.

In this second book, space elevator, underground futuristic cities, space fleet, and various other science fiction kinds of stuff got introduced.  Nonetheless, these cool sci-fi elements are only there to be the fillers, but the mother concept of it all is the sociology of cosmic civilizations.  It is Lou Ji, the weirdest wall facer who is tapping the least amount of earth resources so far in both books — the first and the second book of Three Body trilogy — who thinks that sociology of cosmic civilizations is important even though the whole universe looks rather empty.

I don’t want to spoil the fun for you and so I won’t reveal much of the second book of Three Body trilogy, but just imagine the weirdness of seeing one of the main characters decides to study civilizations of space when space shows no sign of civilization besides the Trisolarans’ one.  Furthermore, keep this strange bit in mind as you’re approaching the near 100% completion of listening to this book on Audible!  For me, I almost agree with the understanding why Lou Ji is thinking in such a manner in the regards to creating a branch of education for the sociology of cosmic civilizations.  It’s like studying a future when a future has not yet even sure to have existed.

In any case, I think I should stare into space at night time whenever I smoke my cigarette and appreciate why we are alone!  After all, it’s quite peaceful to be thriving alone then having to “you know what” when you get the gist of the problems the humans are facing in Three Body trilogy.  I think I’ve said enough just to almost not giving up the whole farm in regards to not wanting to spoil the fun for you.  So, if you haven’t read or listened to the second book, I highly recommend you read or listen to the second book of Three Body trilogy.  You can listen to this book on Audible.

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The Three-Body Problem Is A Wild Ride, But It’s Worth It!

I’d watched a few science fiction movies here and there, but my little human brain could only recall a few titles of these sci-fi movies.  I could probably watch them all over again and still be amazed at how much content within that I’d forgotten.  Reading sci-fi books?  Not really, but I’d just begun listening to sci-fi and fantasy books on Audible for two months or so already, and I like this a lot!  Just recently, I’d finished the first book of a hardcore sci-fi trilogy written by Cixin Liu.  The first book is titled as The Three-Body Problem.

I like how this book is setting up from the very beginning!  At the start, you thought the book is about a Chinese revolutionary historical piece, but it is rather a very good set up for what to come.  The historical set up is definitely a good foundation to build emotion and space and relations for the behaviors of intricated characters that would expand the sci-fi ideas within this very book.  I have to say, if you’re not following the book closely, you could be confused a bit later on, because the hardcore sci-fi information within could be hard to follow.  Nonetheless, I don’t think you have to know, like really understand, all the facts and fictions of it all to understand what is going on.  In fact, I could follow the book through and through by grasping the basic of the sci-fi ideas from within the book.

I think Cixin Liu is very good in this book in a way that he could provide intricate detail of emotion of various characters so these characters could make sense why they’re behaving in their unique way while the fantastical sci-fi vibe permeates throughout.  The first scene pulls me in right away as if I’m there witnessing the chaos of a Chinese revolution.  I could see the bullet entered and exited the soft body of a young revolutionary girl who waved the revolutionary flag.  The bullet went through the air and the girl fell down.  The revolutionary atmosphere was intense and afterward, I wanted more.

Although the sci-fi factor comes into play a bit slow, a good set up of emotion is definitely worth it as it breathes realism into much grander ideas later on.  Once the train got going, there is no holding back.  At times, I feel like it is rather overwhelming as hard science facts, fiction or not, starting to hit me left and right.  Nonetheless, I feel like I want more.  That is the beauty of this!  You know something is good when you want more of the hard stuff!

Anyway, I just finished book one, and now I’m so ready for book two and three.  The Three-Body Problem got many good reviews, and I’ve read somewhere online that somebody is trying to get a TV show going based on this book.  If you like sci-fi, I recommend you listen to this book on Audible.  If you like reading more than listening to someone reading to you, then you may want to get this on Kindle or on a hardcover.

Could Saturn’s Rings Were Made By UFO?

I don’t think I can claim that I’d seen a real UFO as in an alien craft from outer space, but I think what I’d seen once was something that I could not describe since it flew too fast and appeared to be an orange or red ball that flew way too fast for any modern craft to do so.  It hovered like for a few seconds to the left of the tree line and then it flew in a strangest way and disappeared real fast behind the tree line, and that was around 9:00 or 10:00 PM or so, because I don’t remember the exact time.  I know it was night time for sure.  This is why I remember it was so bright, but I could not remember the exact color of the unidentified object.  Anyhow, so nowadays when an incredible person with incredible background in science or reputable field claimed that he or she had seen a UFO, I wouldn’t disregard his or her claim immediately.  After all, my experience was rather strange too.

Dr. Norman Bergrun, author of Ringmakers of Saturn, claimed that he believed the rings around Saturn are stuffs that were created by the aliens.  I could be wrong on what I just stated, because I couldn’t find much information about Dr. Norman Bergrun.  I tried to find a wikipedia page of the man, but I couldn’t find any.  Nonetheless, on Amazon, a book under the title Ringmakers of Saturn is available for purchase, and the author of the book is indeed Norman Bergrun.  Anyhow, I’ve found that it’s interesting how Dr. Norman Bergrun thought that the rings weren’t naturally formed by Saturn and the spatial environment around Saturn.

Furthermore, the article Cassini Finds ‘Nothing’ in Saturn’s Ring Gap on astroengine.com digs into how scientists studied the data that Cassini found in regarding to the space between the rings and Saturn was a big empty.  This confound the scientists as they thought there should be more space dust between the rings and the Saturn itself.  This mystery of Saturn’s rings makes me wonder could Dr. Norman Bergrun has been onto something all along.  Anyhow, check out a YouTube video right after the break where Dr. Norman Bergrun talks on why he thinks Saturn’s rings aren’t natural.

That Poetical Sense In The Night (Book Publishing)

I started out writing poetry in my spare time for fun since March of 2013. Since July of 2014 I began to take note of my extensive poetry collection, and so I decided to create a book for my poems. This very book, “That Poetical Sense In The Night,” is the result of my spare time poetry writing. The title of this book is from one of those very early poems that I’d written in March of 2013. The book started out with the latest poem that I’d written working toward to the end of the book in which my earliest poem would be inscribed therein. I’d written my poems according to my feeling at specific moments in time, and so many of my poems were written in free verse. Nonetheless, in some of these poetical moments I did manage to have form my poems in various poetical forms. My poems depict from humanity to eureka moment, and so I think my poems do cover a wide area of things.

Now you can get this poetry book of mine at Amazon’s Kindle Store.

 

Book Exclusivity Trend Might Be The New Rise Of Book Publishing, But It Might Be Expensive For Customers To Buy eBooks

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Engadget’s Barnes & Noble to pull Amazon Publishing titles from shelves over exclusivity concerns article suggests Barnes & Noble has turned up the heat as the two go on competing each other for a book market domination.  Of course, Barnes & Noble is worrying that Amazon will eventually kick them out of their own game.  Meanwhile, Amazon continues to do the impossible even though Amazon is relatively new player in the book world when one compares Amazon against Barnes & Noble.  Seniority doesn’t secure a permanent establishment since we have seen how Borders had filed for bankruptcy from Chapter 11 which eventually turned into Chapter 7 (Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borders_Group).  The argument which Barnes & Noble has against Amazon is clear to me, but might not be true since I’m not an expert in the operation of the book business, is that Amazon is too pushy in term of demanding for more exclusivity with various book publishers.  I have to wonder though, would this be a good thing for book publishers?

Why?  If book publishers can negotiate with particular distributors for exclusivity deal, it might in the end raising the value of the book publishers who go for exclusive deals since exclusivity means rarity.  We know most things that are rare might be more valuable, right?  What if we take a look at a much bigger picture, how would the book world fare if only big players such as Amazon would be able to acquire exclusivities from popular book publishing companies?  I’m not sure but I think with more exclusive deals go around the book world, book business might change even more than it’s already has.

The book world already has changed so much in term of how ebook technology has totally changed how consumers read their books, pushing more consumers only to buy ebooks and abandon their traditional books (i.e., books made of papers).  Exclusive deals within the book world might push the change further by having small book stores to go out of business.  These small book stores usually are local book stores.  Of course, the trend seems to head in this particular route anyway since ebook technology has made it so easy for consumers to buy books online.  It means people don’t really have to go to a local book store to buy their books.

To knit the fragments of the big picture together, in my opinion, the trend of pushing for exclusivity isn’t meant the death of book publishing, but it might be the new rise of book publishing.  If Barnes & Noble wants to beat Amazon in book publishing exclusivity trend, I think Barnes & Noble has to figure out how to offer the book publishing companies better deals than what Amazon is currently offering these book publishing companies.

Will the consumers be beneficial to book exclusivity trend?  Probably not in the long run, because I think once a giant book distributor has began to dominate the book exclusivity trend, such entity tends to raise the prices of the books since the competitors aren’t going to have such titles for sale anyway.  The outlook might not be good for book customers if the Amazon defeats Barnes & Noble in book exclusivity trend, because one less competitor will give one less reason for Amazon to sell ebooks at the cheapest prices as possible.  Of course, my speculation on this might not pan out the way I speculate at all, because I’m not an expert in book business anyway.  I guess you just have to take my words with a grain of salt!

When Electricity Isn’t So Accessible, Literature Thrives On With Books Made Of Papers

Reading the title of an article’s “Ebooks don’t spell the end of literature,” a lightbulb lighted up in my head — a new title of a new article came to life “When Electricity Isn’t So Accessible, Literature Thrives On With Books Made Of Papers.”  OK, it does sound like I’m a hater of ebooks and ereaders, but I’m not.  I actually own an iPad 2, Kindle, and an iPhone 4 — each of these devices can allow me to read ebooks.  Unfortunately, only Kindle can allow me to read ebooks more frequently and without worrying of the situation where battery goes dead.  It’s all because Kindle uses E-ink technology which can conserve battery power better than the full colored back lid screens of iPad 2 and iPhone 4.

With that many ebook enabled devices, I think I’ve established myself as a person who does have the ability to read ebooks whenever he wants, and often I find myself adding more ebooks into my already large collection of ebooks through the means of buying ebooks from Amazon and borrowing ebooks from local libraries’ digital collections.  The point that I’m trying to make is that electronic devices such as ereaders can become useless when electricity becomes inaccessible.  It’s a simple point, but it’s often overlooked by onlookers who do not know the tormented feeling of the ones who have to face such condition.  Sure, it’s not like a life threatening situation, but it’s the truth.  Just like how Marta Hillers had described electronic devices as useless and people became cave dwellers in her book “A Woman in Berlin.”  It was her recognition of when electricity became scarce, electronic devices could be only empty shells of anything but useful.

OK, it does sound as if my argument is rather weak, because it sounds as if we need to have a World War II again and to have people experience the lack of electricity as how Marta Hillers had so we can realize the merit of not totally relying on ereaders; I disagree!  How do we know electricity will always be abundant?  I don’t think even the future that we’re imagining of when there will be free electricity in abundant amount (i.e., always available) through the usages of futuristic solar and wind technologies — guaranteeing there won’t be a day that people might become cave dwellers again — can last forever.  Who can guarantee that there will never be a breakdown in society to a point that humans become cave dwellers?

Whenever I read something that put ereaders and ebooks above traditional books (i.e., books made from trees), I have to say let not be so optimistic about such aspect.  I rather encourage people to believe in having both for a long time to come as a better approach to ensure books don’t go the way of book burnings in ancient times.  And yet, books should go the way of the dead sea scrolls.  Having both you ask?  Sure, having both means let print more traditional books and release more ebooks (in effect sell more ereaders), and to larger effect let people have more choices of choosing their reading medium.  What not to do is to promote ebooks and ereaders only society and abandon the traditional book society (i.e., books made from trees).

Lastly, I like to think that censoring ebooks (i.e., digital forms) is way easier than traditional books (i.e., books made from trees).  How?  It takes few entities and few keystrokes on keyboards to eliminate huge databases of ebooks and the data themselves.  What cool about books made from trees is that you have to burn them physically which speaks more to why it’s bad to burn books.  You can say the Hollywood effect of having real books on fire might connect to scholars more than not, in negative way of course.

Afterthought:  I do like ebooks as more trees can be saved by not printing books made of papers, but we humans can always print books made of papers ethically.  That is, we do not really have to destroy a whole forest for printing traditional books (i.e., books made from trees), because we do have a choice of printing less of the same books in term of copies; we know that a single ebook can be easily download and copy in digital forms without worrying about destroying a forest.