Positive Reinforcement

I was very excited to receive an email from Ian Watson yes­ter­day. For sci­ence fic­tion fans, Ian needs no intro­duc­tion. Film-goers might recog­nise the name of the film for which Ian wrote the screen­story: Stanley Kubrick’s Artificial Intelligence: AI. Very kindly — because he is a busy man with lots to do and lots to see — Ian read a copy of my book. It turns out that there will not be a new edi­tion of Déjà Vu on which to put Ian’s won­der­ful blurb, but I’ve already begun to plaster it over my web­site. Here’s a snip­pet:

I was enthralled and con­ta­giously com­pelled to carry on through­out. The level of com­pu­ter­isa­tion of daily life is plaus­ible and handled with cas­u­al pan­ache. It’s grip­ping, fas­cin­at­ing, and power­ful, and really well writ­ten, with won­der­ful pace.

Ian’s name is def­in­itely on my list of to-be-bought-a-pint people at this year’s world sci­ence fic­tion con­ven­tion, Interaction, where I’ll be on a pan­el dis­cuss­ing the cros­sov­er between sci­ence fic­tion and games.

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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