The MoonBorn – The first Sci-fi novel I read

The MoonBorn by D F Lovett

Most of you already know, I am not a big fan of Science Fiction. I don’t understand it at all. I find envisioning the future, it’s technological predictions all too much to consume and imagine. And I am working in a field which can make it all happen. We are all on the Cloud now. It is ironical. But it is also the truth that I am s**t scared of it. I have tried and failed to understand Artificial Intelligence. Maybe that is why I am afraid of it. Just like Ishmael in The MoonBorn.

I told David that I would love to give his book a try after reading Patrick’s review of the same. It took me a little longer than I expected because of my constant travel and other personal commitments that I got engaged in. More of it sooner in another post. I also made sure to go through a Thug’s review of Moby Dick, just to see if I can get the references made in this novel. So let me start with this. You don’t need to know Moby Dick to understand this novel. You might get references if you did, but I don’t think it mattered much. At least to me it did not. This is the story of a person who was born on the moon. I am not going to get into the story much in my post, I would leave that to David and his introduction of his novel. Haven’t we already read about people trying to creating colonies in the Moon by 2030 or so? With the way we are relying on the technology aren’t we all part of the giant species where we might end up being ruled by those said technologies, if not already there. How would a person who hasn’t been to the Moon feel when he goes there for a trip as part of his work? What happens when he meets the first human who was born there. What is that Moonborn’s story? How does this affect our story teller from Earth?

I loved the phrase “Lunatic” and its new definition. Made me chuckle. That was clever 😉 The questions that Ishmael raises about the robots, the various Artificial Intelligence based machines, all those resonated with me and my doubts. I ask those questions myself every time I watch any movies which involves one of them. But it is also true that we are moving towards such a society where this could be a reality. I am scared of that. Recently I was watching a HotWheels based movie (I never knew something like that even was available on Netflix, until my nephew spotted them in the Kids section and made me watch two of them with him) wherein self-driving DORCs (cars which has too much of AI built in it, but also listens to the Villain who has the supreme control with him) try to take over the world and they coordinate and attack the HotWheels team and almost take them down. That was scary, I tell you. And it made me very very wary of Self-driving cars (I never liked that anyway. I love driving myself. Control freak? Maybe, but I prefer that rather than let a machine control me even in that small way) And my nephew agreed to it too. He was like ‘If those cars drive on its own, when will I get to drive? what is my work then?’. I told him that I hear him and that we will never get a self-driving car for us. 😀 I was reminded of a dialogue in The MoonBorn at that time. It said that we should never trust Artificial Intelligence ever. And I fully agree with it. We shouldn’t.

If you like fiction, if you like an interesting story that spans two universes, Earth and the Moon, if you do not like technology and wants to read something that will agree with your fears and make you feel that you aren’t alone, if you like reading novels which do not go beyond 250-300 pages, then you should give ‘The MoonBorn’ a try.

Man and Boy

Got this book, Man and Boy by Tony Parsons, from a book shop named Paperback in Bangalore, when I had been there to meet a friend. It was on a discount sale and did cost me around 150Rupees only. When I read the blurb, I was so captivated by it, I took it immediately. And I am glad I did. I have been savoring this story for a while now. The writing is so awesome, that I am so in love with it. Its so real that it hurts sometimes. It is also interlaced with humor that you find yourself smiling and laughing at very odd situations. It is placed under the genre of Chick Lit !? Really? I haven’t read Kramer vs Kramer so I can’t compare or anything, except that I really loved this book and glad that I got a paperback at Paperback 🙂

Especially with the mood I have been in recently, and the story also going in parallel, I had to read about a death, again of that of a father, and the impact of it on the people left out. But for some reason, I felt good reading about it.  It sort of tells you that its something that everyone go through. In this story too, there is this 5 year old kid (my nephew is 4 years) who loses his grandpa and is trying to come to terms with it. Its a story of a man becoming a father to his son and a son to his father and finally understanding what it all means. It was so heart warming. It makes you think of the relationship you have with your father. And also that of all the kids whose parents fight for their residency (not custody)

I am not going to go in depth with the story or anything. I gave a 5 star in good reads for this book. I just loved it so much. No wonder I took my time with it (its been more than two weeks since I started it I think). I thought the end was a bit cliched but still, that’s perfectly fine. I like my happy endings, even if I am not sure of its ‘ever after’ in this.