I must confess I really haven’t read up much about the current situation in Ukraine, but through the magic of coincidence and the Internet, the following three items came to my attention yesterday:
- Masha Lipman in the New Yorker, Will Ukraine Break Apart?
- Interesting couple of Reddit comments via Reddit’s excellent DepthHub
- Timothy Snyder in The New York Review of Books, Fascism, Russia, and Ukraine
Neither piece offers the whole story, but read together they show the many facets of this complicated story.
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When I see those four words, they evoke not a thought but a feeling. Poetry, in the form of a menu bar.
I mention this in chat, and literally seconds later @varjag writes
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If I hadn’t already read World War Z I’d probably enjoy this book a lot more. However, the parallells between the two books are so close it’s not really funny. While Robopocalypse starts up well and has some chilling early chapters, it soon becomes clear that Wilson lacks the energy or the imagination to draw the conclusions about the world he’s created that Brooks does in WWZ.
This is the first novel by Baxter I’ve read and I was impressed by it. It’s classic sensawunda SF but is also well-written and gripping. There’s also a refreshingly view of future realpolitik that is both plausible and chilling. Recommended.