O mais recente lançamento do projecto Adamastor foi, também, uma das minhas mais recentes leituras, Do passado para o futuro, e do futuro para o passado, é um retrato ficcional interessante de um Portugal que ainda não existe e esperemos que nunca exista. Infelizmente, a realidade poderá vir a aproximar-se da ficção.
Since the time of pre-history, carpetmakers tie intricate knots to form carpets for the court of the Emperor. These carpets are made from the hairs of wives and daughters; they are so detailed and fragile that each carpetmaker finishes only one single carpet in his entire lifetime. This art descends from father to son, since the beginning of time itself.
But one day the empire of the God Emperor vanishes, and strangers begin to arrive from the stars to follow the trace of the hair carpets. What these strangers discover is beyond all belief, more than anything they could have ever imagined… Brought to the attention of Tor Books by Orson Scott Card, this edition of The Carpet Makers contains a special introduction by Orson Scott Card.
Ganhando um cheque Amazon num passatempo internacional, lembrei-me de procurar que mais havia do autor de The Carpet Makers e eis que encontro este Lord of All Things:
Winner of the 2012 Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis for best German science fiction novel, Lord of All Things is also a story about love against all odds.
They are just children when they meet for the first time: Charlotte, daughter of the French ambassador, and Hiroshi, a laundress’s son. One day, Hiroshi declares that he has an idea that will change the world. An unprecedented idea of how to sweep away all differences between rich and poor.
When Hiroshi runs into Charlotte several years later, he is trying to build a brighter future through robotics. Determined to win Charlotte’s love, he resurrects his childhood dream, convinced that he can eradicate world poverty by pushing the limits of technology beyond imagination. But as Hiroshi circles ever closer to realizing his vision, he discovers that his utopian dream may contain the seeds of a nightmare—one that could obliterate life as we know it.
Crisscrossing the globe from Tokyo to the hallowed halls of MIT to desolate Arctic islands and Buenos Aires and beyond—far beyond—Lord of All Things explores not only the dizzying potential of technology but also its formidable dangers.
E, como não poderia deixar de ser, eis mais um Story Bundle, um conjunto de livros digitais pelo qual se paga o que se quer, sendo que alguns dos livros apenas ficam disponíveis pagando acima de um determinado limite. Desta vez o tema são as edições Indie, mais propriamente os sobreviventes – o organizador escolheu de entre vários livros publicados, os que não só sobreviveram após as primeiras páginas de leitura, como ainda conseguiram entusiasmá-lo:
Every morning, he gets on his treadmill, opens a new indie fantasy or science fiction ebook, and starts his morning walk. Any book that can hold his attention for the duration of that forty minute stroll gets labeled a survivor. But getting there is not easy. Every time he reads something that breaks his immersion in the story—bad grammar, inconsistent worldbuilding, illogical character behaviors, etc.—that book earns a red flag, called a WTF. If he finds three WTFs before he finishes his walk, the clock stops, the book closes, and he goes off to write up a report about what went wrong.
He did this 114 times. These books are the survivors.