The Bull is not too keen on the news these days. No matter which side of the issues you are on, the crap is just too inflammatory. There is nothing worse than sitting down in the pasture for breakfast, sipping coffee and being thoroughly pissed off for the entire day by some douche-nozzle’s opinion piece, not to mention all the freaking tweets.
No, the Bullmeister is not about politics and all the madness surrounding it. Yes, he cares and participates in the process being the citizen he is. Afterall, Bulldust was born in his country of origin. However, the constant pounding and forcing issues down the gullet is just too much.
“They Don’t Call It Love Anymore” is obviously, politically motivated. While that would normally irritate me, it doesn’t burn my britches as much as I may have expected. It is intentionally dark and ugly, portraying a dystopian future that is not entirely feasible but worthy of contemplation. It appears to be a metaphor for trading your beliefs to gain citizenship. Yet it speaks to our potential undoing by machine intelligence.
There are also the direct references to current topics.
“Maybe there are great ones, Yuge Ones, somewhere else.”
I have to admit that gave me a chuckle.
The grammar was okay, but it could have stood a check or two. There were easy corrections that a free grammar/spelling package would have caught. The flow and style were okay.
Overall, I found the piece intriguing and engaging. However, I just don’t feel it enough to give a yes vote. Maybe Rocks will have a different opinion. We’ll have to see what he says.
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Re:THEY DON’T CALL IT LOVE ANYMORE
Date: 2018/08/15 15:08
Rocks read this puppy a few weeks back, but held off vetting after he saw it was a simultaneous sub. He's been hurt before. After having gone to great trouble to trash, badmouth, mock, deride and otherwise shitcan a piece, it gets accepted by some other rag with obviously much lower standards than TQR's, and retracted. So the exercise was all for naught. Unless the author was just withdrawing it out of spite, like in the "You can't fire me, because I quit!" sense.
But so far, so good. No other takers. And while there are markets like Clarkesworld and Lightspeed that'll bounce back a "Nyet!" in an hour or two, there are others like say McSweeney's and Tor who'll sometimes take going on a decade to finish ignoring your submission and pass. Maybe we need to have VCs sending simultaneous subs tell us who we're up against?
Anyway, here is what Rocks has retained of this TDCILA cap since reading. There's this gigantic, flying, black hole-powered excavator/bulldozer/vacuum cleaner type thingie that tears up cityscape in a pretty cool way. The MC has been augmented biologically and mechanically to enjoy awesome powers. His escape from some facility for reasons Rocks is no longer clear on seemed a little unbelievable given the technological advancement of the times. His father's requirement to commit suicide in order for him to gain citizenship seemed a little contrived as sacrifices go. The politics were fairly clear, but because Rocks' mostly agreed, this was okay. It's probably not a very accurate picture of our future as a society or species. But accurate prophesying isn't necessarily a requirement of dystopian SF. Historically, most great SF has gotten the future way wrong. Though Infinite Jest maybe came close... except for totally missing the evolution of the computer.
Here, in this cap, Rocks remembers the theme as our loss of humanity. Like, God is love; God is dead. But the fact that Rocks, with his waning mental prowess and waxing disinterest in most things literary (i.e., published) today, has managed to imagine he remembers so much of this offering, would seem to bode well for it. So, yes.