[bksvol-discuss] Re: A Submission

  • From: "k4zq" <k4zq@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 17:30:23 -0400

The Synopsis put me to sleep.  'Bout as good as Cliff Notes.  However, I've 
read a couple of books before, although, not too many, so I think I  can muddle 

Be careful what you say to me.  I got that reject button, you know.

Sorry about Steve, Evan.  Apt Pupil is just a good addition for education in 
the dark side.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Evan Reese 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 11:57 AM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: A Submission

  It was just the left half of the dust jacket!  What do you mean long?  It fit 
in the submission form, so maybe you aren't getting enough sleep.  I just read 
through it again in a minute or so.  If you're having this much trouble with a 
synopsis, you may not want to tackle a whole book just yet. <grin>

  I read to of King's works, and I wasn't impressed with his writing ability.

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: k4zq 
    To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 8:00 AM
    Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: A Submission


    Was that synopsis the entire book?  Thought I'd never get through it.  

    I'll go see if somebody already has it, and if not, I'll get it, then I can 
consult with you on it if I need.

    Btw, If you Ain't familiar with "Apt Pupil," it's an excellent contribution 
to your development as purely evil.

      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Evan Reese 
      To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
      Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2006 10:25 PM
      Subject: [bksvol-discuss] A Submission

      Well, I finally got it up there.  The book is called Transcension by 
Damien Broderick.  It is Science Fiction.  I hope the validator reads the 
comments I put in the form.  All of the chapter headings, as well as the title 
and author on the title page, are in lower-case letters.  I hope whomever 
doesn't decide that they are errors and "fix" them.

      Ironically, after all the recent talk about validators reading through 
submissions, I hope whoever does this one does the minimum, unless they are 
familiar with the book.  There are a number of other peculiarities in the book 
which might be taken as errors if someone doesn't notice their consistency.  
For example, the chapter headings with Arabic numbers are followed by a space, 
a colon, another space, and then the chapter name, whereas those chapters 
starting with roman numerals are followed by a colon without the space.  I 
really enjoyed the book, but it was a lot of work to get into shape.

      For any who are interested, here is the synopsis from the dust jacket:

      Damien Broderick has been a leading Australian SF writer since the 
seventies, winning numerous awards. His novel The Dreaming Dragons was named 
one of the 100 best SF novels. His recent nonfiction book, The Spike, is a 
mind-stretching look at the wonders of the high-tech future. Now in 
Transcension, he brings to life one of the high-tech futures he imagined in The 
Spike, a 22nd-century Utopia pervaded by nanotechnology and ruled by a benign 
but coldly objective AI. Transcension may be Broderick's best book yet.

      Amanda is a brilliant violinist, a mathematical genius, and a rebel. 
Impatient for the adult status her society only grants at age thirty, but 
determined to have a real adventure first, she has repeatedly gotten into 
trouble and found herself in the courtroom of Magistrate Mohammed Abdel-Malek, 
the sole resurrectee from among those who were frozen in the early 21st 
century, the man whose mind was the seed for Aleph, the AI that rules this 

      Mathewmark is a real adolescent, living in the last place where they 
still exist, the reservation known as the Valley of the God of One's Choice, 
where those who have chosen faith over technology are allowed to live out their 
simpler lives. When Amanda determines that access to the valley is the key to 
the daring stunt she plans, it is Mathewmark she will have to lead into 

      But just as Amanda, Mathewmark. and Abdel-Malek are struggling to find 
themselves and achieve their potentials, so is Aleph, and the AI's success will 
be a challenge to them and all of humanity.


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