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Title: The Dispossessed
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Year:
1974

My previous experiences of Ursula K. Le Guin’s writings have been many and various. Generally, she writes about interesting matters, but somehow always manages to produce dull novels, only barely kept afloat by intriguing concepts. In a way, the same is true for The Dispossessed as well, although it is less dull than her other novels (The Left Hand of Darkness) and presents more interesting ideas than usual (A Wizard of Earthsea), which not only make it float, but make it cruise with grace.

The Dispossessed is a tale of two worlds, of the lush mother world Urras and of its barren moon Anarres. 170 years ago, a revolution shook Urras and the revolutionaries were eventually subdued by giving them the moon to settle. They colonised this harsh world and built an anarchist society free from government, police and any other institution. People were free to do whatever they liked, and joined together in syndicates to get necessary work done. The system has been running ever since, but is it working?

Urras, on the other hand, is a world which has got much in common with our own. It is a world of vast riches and tremendous poverty, of pleasure and suffering, all mixed and intertwined into a complex capitalist system.

The book has an interesting structure in that it is divided into two prallel stories, separated in time, but both focusing on the Anarrasti physicist Shevek. One thread concerns Shevek after his leaving for Urras, and the other gradually builds up towards his actual departure. Since he is a physicist who says that time is really simultaneous, it is most fitting with a non-linear handling of time.

The Dispossessed is a book about conflicting ideas. Two separate systems are presented, with their various pros and cons, but are they really that much different, deep down under the surface? Like small fish among these ideas, characters swim, but are not that important to me. However, they are certainly necessary, since they provide examples and a means of guiding the reader through both worlds.

I would like to end by referring back to the introduction. There is one thing that stops this book from being a master piece; it is rather dully written. More interesting characters could have been wished for if it were not for the fact that they need to be as they are in order to fill their function. Conclusively, it feels good to have read something by Ursula K. Le Guin which I really enjoyed, since I have had the feeling that she can provide just that.

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Titel: Tehanu
Författare: Ursula K. Le Guin
Utgivningsår: 1991
Recenserad: 2006-02-14
Status: N/A

Ett oönskat barn bränns till döds, men oförmögen att fullgöra handlingen, räddas hon undan lågorna i sista stund. För evigt är hon märkt av elden och hennes yttre förvridet. Tenar (bekant sedan The Tombs of Atuan) tar barnet till sig och vårdar det som om det vore hennes eget. Geds krafter är sedan länge borta, men trots det söker man efter den förlorade ärkemagikern. Tehanu är berättelsen om framförallt Tenar, men också flickan och Ged.

Det märks tydligt att Tehanu är skriven långt efter de andra. Faktum är att boken är radikalt annorlunda från de andra på nästan alla punkter. Jag tror att intrycket av den här boken beror mycket på vad man tyckte om böckerna innan. Jag har gett dem relativt låga betyg och jag är därför glad över de förändringar som syns här. Till att börja med är språket oändligt mycket bättre. Här hänger det ihop och flyter på ett sätt som var avlägset framförallt den tråkiga första boken. Berättelsen är också den mer sammanhållen och utspelar sig under kortare tid.

Epiken är delvis borta och fokus är nu den vanliga människan, vad nu det betyder i Earthsea. Jag tycker att Le Guin lyckats bra med att knyta ihop karaktärer från de tidigare böckerna och det gör serien gott att lyfta ner handlingen till en mer jordnära nivå. Kvinnans roll i samhället debatteras också en hel del och det görs på ett hyfsat trovärdigt sätt även om jag gärna hade sett det mer invävt i berättelsen.

Avslutningsvis vill jag kommentera en del andra recensioner jag har sett. Många tycker att den här boken är otroligt dålig och ger den bottenbetyg. Jag misstänker att det beror på att de gillade böckerna innan och villa ha mer av samma vara. Det får man inte om man läser Tehanu, så gör inte det i så fall. Jag tycker dock det här är långt mycket bättre än de tre tidigare böckerna. Det enda den brister på är att handlingen kunde varit mer intressant.

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Titel: The Farthest Shore
Författare: Ursula K. Le Guin
Utgivningsår: 1974
Recenserad: 2006-10-13
Status: N/A

The Farthest Shore är tredje boken i The Earthsea Cycle (föregångarna är A Wizard of Earthsea och The Tombs of Atuan). Magin i världen är döende: trollkarlar av alla de slag mister sina förmågo; glömmer de ord som världen skapades med. Ged är nu ärkemagiker och ger sig ut i världen för att söka källan till problemet. Med sig på färden har han Arren, en ung man som ännu inte riktigt prövat sina vingar.

Jag är kluven till The Farthest Shore. Å ena sidan är språket betydligt bättre än i framförallt första boken och de lärdomar som predikas av Ged är mer intressant. Å andra sidan är handlingen inte vidare bra i början och även om det blir bättre i slutet, saknas det sammanhang. Daoist influenserna syns tydligt mot slutet, vilket är kul. Det som brister i den här och första boken är en röd tråd. Många händelser beskrivs övergripande, men de knyts bara löst samman. Personskildringarna är betydligt bättre än innan och interaktionen mellan huvudpersonerna börjar närma sig intressant.

Det ska bli mycket spännande att läsa nästa bok, eftersom den är skriven 17 år efter The Farthest Shore. Jag hoppas och tror att Le Guin har utvecklats som författare på den här tiden och gör något annorlunda. Om hon har lyckats i mina ögon får tiden utvisa.

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Titel: The Tombs of Atuan
Författare: Ursula K. Le Guin
Utgivningsår: 1972
Recenserad: 2006-02-11
Status: N/A

The Tombs of Atuan är uppföljaren till A Wizard of Earthsea. Jag var inte överdrivet förtjust i förra boken, men av någon anledning kände jag på mig att nästa skulle bli bättre. Geds ungdom var ju över och förmodligen skulle det inte bli ett lika högt tempo med en splittrad berättelse som resultat. Jag hade helt rätt, men fråga mig inte hur jag visste det.

Bok två är betydligt bättre än bok ett. Den utspelar sig i Atuan där vi får följa en ung flicka som är översteprästinnan återfödd. När den gamla dör, föds hennes själ tillbaka till världen och ett litet barn adopteras av templet för att uppfostras i the Dark Ones tjänst. I de mörka labyrinterna under Atuan döljer sig urgamla skatter och artefakter, skyddade av dunklet och de ogenomträngliga tunnlarna. Men en dag kommer en man för att stjäla dess yttersta hemlighet…

Till att börja med är det en intressant miljö. Den är kanske inte vidare originell, men den är i alla fall spännande att utforska. Religionen är lite annorlunda och sättet berättelsen skiftar när flickan blir äldre är mycket bra genomfört. Boken har definitivt gett mig hopp om resten av serien och jag tänker nog fortsätta med nästa bok med en gång.

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Titel: The Left Hand of Darkness
Författare: Ursula K. Le Guin
Utgivningsår: 1969 (2004)
Recenserad: 2005-06-11
Status: I bokhyllan

Jag kom i kontakt med den här boken på en något annorlunda väg än vanligt. Vi har läst en hel del genusrelaterat i skolan och flera av de böcker jag har läst har citerat The Left Hand of Darkness. Det är alltid trevligt när science fiction når bortom de inbitna läsarna och givetvis blev jag nyfiken på vad det var för bok som uppnått detta den här gången.

Le Guin beskriver Winter, en värld som på många sätt liknar den jord vi känner. Det finns dock två mycket viktiga skillnader. Den ena är att planeten har ett permanent arktiskt klimat och den andra är att alla invånare är av samma kön. Under en kortare tid varje månad, hamnar de i ett tillstånd kallat kemmer, då fortplantning är möjlig.

Detta skapar något mycket intressant. Den ene av bokens huvudpersoner, Genly Ai, är nämligen ett sändebud från de övriga mänskliga världarna som kommit till Winter för att skapa kontakt med de människor som lever där. Han kommer ensam och möts med rädsla och misstro; få tror på att han verkligen kommer från stjärnorna. För honom är det svårt att tänka sig att alla han möter är både kvinnor och män, men för det mesta en blandning av de båda. Detta annorlunda perspektiv är fascinerande och diskuteras på olika sätt.

Det finns dock ett par saker som hindrar The Left Hand of Darkness från att vara en riktigt bra bok. För det första är språket i mitt tycke alldeles för krångligt. Det är mycket rikt och saker och ting presenteras på ett elegant och skicklig sätt, men när meningar ofta blir över fem rader långa är det bara jobbigt att läsa. Det andra jag inte gillar är att boken egentligen inte har någon handling. Det är visserligen ett intressant äventyr, men det finns inga roliga förvecklingar, inga överraskningar och egentligen inget djup på just det planet. Män det djupet finns på ett annat plan, vilket trots allt gör boken mer än läsvärd.

Det är dock inte speciellt troligt att jag kommer att läsa mer av författaren, om det inte som i det här fallet utlovades ett mycket intressant innehåll i förväg. Den får extremt bra betyg på de flesta ställen, men passar mig egentligen inte särskilt bra.

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Titel: A Wizard of Earthsea
Författare: Ursula K. Le Guin
Utgivningsår: 1968
Recenserad: 2006-02-10
Status: N/A

Jag har inte läst standardfantasy på ganska länge nu. När jag gick på högstadiet var det inte så; jag läste det mesta jag kom över. Efter det har det blivit en del noveller ibland (eftersom jag skulle klassa en del SF-noveller som fantasy, beroende lite på hur man definierar termerna). Jag har läst A Wizard of Earthsea tidigare, då i översättning. Jag minns inte vad jag tyckte om den, men eftersom jag bara läste första boken utgår jag från att jag inte var helt förtrollad.

Det är jag inte nu heller. A Wizard of Earthsea är en okomplicerad och enkel berättelse om pojken Ged som växer upp för att bli trollkarl. På sin väg stöter han på många problem, rivaler och äventyr. Problemet är nog att de inte hänger ihop vidare bra. Det är en simpel berättelse utan vidare djup på något plan. Det jag framförallt saknar är karaktärer som är intressanta. Visst finns där potential, men Le Guin skriver ganska övergripande och låter oss inte komma närmare karaktärerna.

Boken känns lite som en krönika; en berättelse över något som hänt. Som sådan är den helt okej, men för att jag ska bli nöjd krävs mer än så. Boken är inte originell i mina ögon, även om det är svårt att bedöma med lite äldre böcker. Jag vill ändå läsa andra boken, för jag tror och hoppas att den kan bli bättre. Jag rekommenderar nog främst boken till yngre personer som är sugna på äventyr.

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Title: Nebula Award Stories 10
Author: Various
Year: 1975

More or less constantly, I have the feeling that I should read more science fiction short stories. Science fiction is a genre heavily based on unique and fantastic concepts, which means that it’s usually well-suited for shorter forms of fiction. When a good author comes up with a brilliant idea, he or she knows many pages it is good for and writes that many. Having an idea good for ten pages and writing a series of novels spanning thousands of pages is simply bad manners, but science fiction authors are, at least in my experience, quite good at not losing focus.

However, there is no guarantee that the ideas or the stories they write are any good. This volume collects seven short stories, novelettes and novellas, all awarded the Nebula Award by the Science Fiction Writers of America . Thinking that I have probably more in common with authors than readers, I guessed that I would like these short stories more than the Hugo Award winners I’ve read so far (1, 2); I couldn’t have been more wrong.

There are some stories in this collection that I would recommend, such as The Day Before the Revolution by Ursula K. Le Guin, and If the Stars are Gods by Gordon Eklund and Gregory Benford, but the majority of them are simply not very memorable at all. Some, such as Twilla by Tom Reamy actually manages to pass the obscure cloud of mediocrity and emerge into the abyss of the truly dreadful. One story in the collection, The Rest is Silence by C.L. Grant, made me feel seriously uneducated, leaning heavily on Shakespeare references that mean little to me. The short story felt like it had potential, but I haven’t read enough to appreciate it.

On average, this book is not worthwhile, so I’ll give it two snails. There are some nice pieces of writing in here (all of them mentioned above). If you for some extraordinary reason manage to get hold of this volume (it’s pretty hard to find), by all means, read those stories, but don’t bother with the rest.

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Title: Kallocain
Author: Karin Boye
Year: 1940

Having no ambition to read books in chronological order, most people invariably run across the problem of reading old books and placing them in a modern perspective, instead of the time in which they were originally published. Thus, reading Karin Boye’s Kallocain in 2009, I naturally think “Oh, yet another dystopian novel about a future oppressive state and an individual’s rebellion against the regime”, although it’s of course true that few of the classics in this field had been published at the time (with the notable exception of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, which was published in 1932).

This is alright, I read and review books today, not when they were published. This might be unfair to some authors, but mostly to the poor ones. True greatness does not die. and it isn’t overshadowed by later works in the same genre. So, what is Kallocain, then? Is it great or is it overshadowed by other, more notable works by other authors such as Ray Bradbury, George Orwell or Ursula K. Le Guin?

To be honest, I can’t really make up my mind. This story about Leo Kall and how he invents a perfect truth serum called kallocain is different from the others, but it’s still quite familiar. The dystopia has nothing particular to offer that I haven’t read before, so I’m not going to spend much time focusing on that. The heavy focus on Leo’s life and work makes it a bit special, because actual resistance against the regime isn’t really a part of the plot.

The vision isn’t unique and it alone doesn’t make the book worthwhile, but what about the language, then? In general, I find Boye’s Swedish enjoyable, with some really neat words that can only be found in really old science fiction. This doesn’t destroy the vision she creates, but rather enhances it. Perhaps it makes the target seem a little bit farther away, but then again, that’s true; the totalitarian states we see today are quite different from the ones of the 1940s. I don’t mean to say that this book is irrelevant in anyway, but it is decidedly less important today than, say, 1984 or Brave New World.

By way of concluding this review, I’d like to say that I can understand those who praise Boye’s fiction. She is a skilled author and this is a solid piece of writing. Still, it’s no coincidence there are other novels with similar themes that dominate the history of science fiction (disregarding language here; writing in English would have helped). All accounted for, Kallocain is well worth reading, even almost seventy years after it was first published. Not bad.

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Title: Science Fiction, the Literature of Technological Imagination
Lecturer: Eric S. Rabkin
Producer: The Teaching Company
Duration: 8 x 45 minutes
Media: Audio only

This fairly short lecture series by Michigan University professor of literature, Eric S. Rabkin, is an attempt at covering the entire science-fiction genre in roughly six hours, from its dimmest origins when no one knew about science fiction, to the modern film industry. As you will have noticed, I quite enjoy good science fiction, at least when it comes to novels (there are good movies too, but not that many), so some academic scrutiny of the genre feels appropriate, especially since I, for various reasons, missed the Science fictions classics course being run this semester.

The series starts out very strongly, discussing Shelley’s Frankenstein, various works by H.G. Wells (such as The Time Machine) and Jules Verne. Since I have never encountered these works from a literary point of view, the first three lectures are extremely interesting, shedding new light with almost every word. He then goes on to discuss pulp novels of the earl 20th century, which, to be honest, is of only academic interest to me, since pulp is not my preferred type of literature.

He then covers the expansion of the genre beyond what was published early on, mentioning authors I am very well acquainted with, spending much time on especially Robert A. Heinlein, but moving on to Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. Le Guin, authors who in various ways did things no one had done before, and, in Le Guin’s case, in a way which was appreciated by non-afficionados. After a lecture on modern science-fiction film, he finishes with a brief review of what he calls New Wave and Cyberpunk (discussing Philip K. Dick, William Gibson and others), again authors who expanded the genre.

Let me start by praising the lecturer by saying that his technique is absolutely brilliant. Again, I marvel at the skill of The Teaching Company’s chosen professors. Indeed they are claimed to be picked not only on the grounds of academic merit, but also based on teaching excellency, and in my experience, this is more than just advertising. It is actually true for most lecturers.

That being said, I am not that fond of the contents of the series. As I have said, the beginning was very good, but the series gradually degraded into being quick summaries and reviews of books I have already read. Sure, here and there he mentions ways of interpreting things I was unaware of, but a more general discussion of the genre would have been much more interesting. I do not know how this is perceived by those who have not read the books he talks about, but I assume that the problem is even worse for them. I am also a bit disappointed that he mentions only a few authors active today, largely leaving out the two last decades seems somewhat inappropriate to an overview.

I also feel that this is not good because he leaves out much of what modern (meaning what is published now) science fiction is about. His definition of the genre proposed early on in the series is not only to my disliking, but it also feels old and very narrow. Wikipedia has a fairly good article on subject and I recommend it. I think the most important thing is that science fiction is a means by which the author can say something relevant to us now by using things that do do not exist (yet, in some cases), which would have been very difficult to say otherwise. In this I agree with the professor, but his demands on science fiction being epic (in the sense of saving-the-world epic) is just not true today. His idea of plausibility holds true, but using mumbo jumbo language is not plausibility to my mind (he argues that it makes it sound plausible, which somehow would render it science-fiction, something I strongly disagree with).

I have gained something important from this lecture series, though, and that is the urge to read more analytically when it comes to books published in a context unfamiliar to me. For instance, I have realised that I have often missed the point of novels because I was too uneducated about the zeitgeist out of which they came, H.G. Wells and Jules Verne being the obvious examples. It is difficult to appreciate Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War if one does not connect it with the Vietnam War and Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. Even if the connections might be obvious, feeling them when reading is a different matter from realising it in hindsight.

Conclusively, since it is a fairly brief series of lectures, I recommend it to those of you who either do not know very much about science fiction or to those very interested who would like to get a bit more background. Those of you in between are better off investing your time elsewhere.

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Note: This is my old 101-in-1001 list that was started in 2005. I launched another one in 2010, so the old list has been moved to this post to make room for the new one. I finished about three fourths of this list and some of the things I accomplished I’m still proud of today. A handful of unfinished tasks on this list also made their way to the new list.

Click here to go to the new 101-in-1001 list launched in September 2010!

The 101-in-1001 list

This project was started by Triplux and I came to know about it via Kendoka.se and Yasylum. At first I thought it was rather silly, but I soonI started compiling my own list. For various reasons, this project was put on ice at the end of 2008 and its fate is as yet undetermined, even though it seems likely I will eventually complete, if not all, then most tasks on the list.

The mission

Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days. My mission will end on New Year’s Eve 2008. The tasks should me as unambiguous as possible, although I have diverted from this in some cases where it is utterly impossible to assess a clear goal. 1001 days is long enough to accomplish some of the more demanding tasks on the list and 101 tasks seems to be about as many good ideas as I can come up with. My intention is to give each task a solid try and I my goal is to complete all of them, make no mistake about that.

I also intend update the list and write about the projects (a list of published articles can be found here). By doing this, I put pressure on my self but I also hope that I can inspire other people to do things they want to.

– A task that I have not started

– A task that I have started but not completed

– A task that I have completed

– A task that I have failed with

Personal development

001 – Attend a first-aid course
002 – Spend 25 hours studying anatomy (16/25)
003 – Find out what is wrong with my back
004 – Learn to drive a car (I’m not allowed a license due to poor eye-sight)
005 – Create a character sheet describing myself in detail
006 – Send a photo of myself to random people and ask them to describe what kind of person I am
007 – Meditate 25 times (2/25)
008 – Write 25 private diary entries (12/25))
009 – Spend 50 hours learning to draw (12/50)
010 – Identify 100 things that make me happy
011 – Spend 25 hours researching sleeping and dreaming (15/25)
012 – Write an article about sleeping
013 – Have unscathed fingers for a month (started 08/08/10)

Professional development

014 – Record an audio book in English (Stardust chosen)
015 – Learn and write about the five top origins of migration to sweden
016 – Get the three remaining points from my psychology education
017 – Write five serious articles in English

1. Listening to audio books
2. Why I dislike long novels
3. The illusory choice of postponement
4. Relieving a burdened mind
5. Quo vadis, Taiwan?

018 – Make a list of 1001 words in English and learn them (list compiled)
019 – Make a list of 1001 Chinese characters and learn them
020 – Finish “SprÃ¥ket i mittens rike” by Jonas Björklund
021 – Learn Zhuyin fuhao
022 – Get 2.0 on the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (need not to be formal due to the cost)

Physical development and activities

023 – Swim 10 000 metres in 4 hours
024 – Do one-and-a-half forward somersaults with one twist
025 – Run 42 kilometres
026 – Submit myself to a health examination
027 – Complete one serious exercise program (at least one month)
028 – Manage a free handstand for one minute
029 – Do 25 chin-ups
030 – Hike 50 kilometres with a 10-kilo rucksack in one day
031 – Walk 100 metres on my hands (63 record)
032 – Learn to orient
033 – Stretch after all physical activity for a month
034 – Buy a high-quality rucksack for hiking
035 – Try 5 different new sporting activities

1. Trampoline
2. Diving
3. Scuba diving
4. Unicycling
5. Volleyball

Reading

036 – Have read a total of 10 books by Philip K. Dick

1. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
2. The Man in the High Castle
3. A Scanner Darkly
4. Ubik
5. Galactic Pot-healer
6. Martian Time-Slip
7. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
8. A Maze of Death
9. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
10. The Father-thing

037 – Have read a total of 5 books by Ray Bradbury

1. Fahrenheit 451
2. The Day it Rained Forever
3. S is for Space
4. Something Wicked This Way Comes
5. From the Dust Returned

038 – Have read a total of 5 books by Neil Gaiman

1. American Gods
2. Coraline
3. Good Omens
4. Stardust
5. Neverwhere

039 – Read 10 works by Nobel Prize winners

1. Harry Martinson – Aniara
2. George Bernard Shaw – Pygmalion
3. Gabriel Garcia Marquez РHundra ̴r av ensamhet
4. Albert Camus – L’étranger
5. Ernest Hemingway – The Sun Also Rises
6. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
7. Gao Xingjian – One Man’s Bible
8. Eyvind Johnson РDr̦mmar om rosor och eld
9. Orhan Pamuk – Snow
10. Doris Lessing – The Grass is Singing

040 – Read 10 books in Swedish

1. Harry Martinson – Aniara
2. Gabriel Garcia Marquez РHundra ̴r av ensamhet
3. Albert Camus – FrÀmlingen
4. Tove Janson – Pappan och havet
5. Catharina Lillieh̦̦k РMei wenti!
6. Wu Chen’en – FÀrden till VÀstern, del 1, Den gyllene cikadan
7. Hjalmar Șderberg РDoktor Glas
8. Michail Bulgakov – MÀstaren och Margarita
9. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – En dag i Ivan Denisovitjs liv
10. Vilhelm Moberg – Rid i natt!

041 – Read ten different comics

1. The Sandman
2. Hellboy
3. Watchmen
4. The Authority
5. WE3
6. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
7. Sleeper – Out in the Cold
8. The Books of Magic
9. Kid Eternity
10. The Filth

042 – Read a book in French
043 – Read all Hugo Award winning novels (47/55)

2008. Michael Chabon – The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.
2007. Vernor Vinge – Rainbows End
2006. Robert Charles Wilson – Spin
2005. Susanna Clarke – Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel
2004. Lois McMaster Bujold – Paladin of Souls
2003. Robert J. Sawyer – Hominids
2002. Neil Gaiman – American Gods
2001. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2000. Vernor Vinge – A Deepness in the Sky
1999. Connie Willis – To Say Nothing of the Dog
1998. Joe Haldeman – Forever Peace
1997. Kim Stanley Robinson – Blue Mars
1996. Neal Stephenson – The Diamond Age
1995. Lois McMaster Bujold – Mirror Dance
1994. Kim Stanley Robinson – Green Mars
1993 a. Vernor Vinge – A Fire Upon the Deep
1993 b. Connie Willis – Doomsday Book
1992. Lois McMaster Bujold – Barrayar
1991. Lois McMaster Bujold – The Vor Game
1990. Dan Simmons – Hyperion
1989. C.J. Cherryh – Cyteen
1988. David Brin – The Uplift War
1987. Orson Scott Card – Speaker for the Dead
1986. Orson Scott Card – Ender’s Game
1985. William Gibson – Neuromancer
1984. David Brin – Startide Rising
1983. Isaac Asimov – Foundation’s Edge
1982. C.J. Cherryh – Downbelow Station
1981. Joan D. Vinge – The Snow Queen
1980. Arthur C. Clarke – The Fountains of Paradise
1979. Vonda McIntyre – Dreamsnake
1978. Fredrik Pohl – Gateway
1977. Kate Wilhelm – Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
1976. Joe Haldeman – The Forever War
1975. Ursula K. Le Guin – The Dispossessed
1974. Arthur C. Clarke – Rendez-vous With Rama
1973. Isaac Asimov – The Gods Themselves
1972. Philip Jos Farmer – To Your Scattered Bodies Go
1971. Larry Niven – Ringworld
1970. Ursula K. Le Guin – The Left Hand of Darkness
1969. John Brunner – Stand on Zanzibar
1968. Roger Zelazny – Lord of Light
1967 a). Frank Herbert – Dune
1967 b). Robert A. Heinlein – The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
1966. Roger Zelazny – This Imortal
1965. Fritz Leiber – The Wanderer
1964. Clifford D. Simak – Way Station
1963. Philip K. Dick – The Man in the High Castle
1962. Robert A. Heinlein – Stranger in a Strange Land
1961. Walter M. Miller, Jr. – A Canticle for Leibowitz
1960. Robert A. Heinlein – Starship Troopers
1959. James Blish – A Case of Conscience
1958. Fritz Leiber – The Big Time
1957. No Hugo Award
1956. Robert A. Heinlein – Double Star
1955. Mark Clifton, Frank Riley – They’d Rather Be Right
1954. No Hugo Award
1953. Alfred Bester – The Demolished Man

044 – Buy a really good book and pass it on to someone, so that he or she can pass it on when they have read it
045 – Read the Bible
046 – Read the Quran
047 – Read John Milton’s Paradise Lost

Writing

048 – Finish my RPG Magneter och mirakel
049 – Finish my freelancing project “Tornet mot Stjrnorna”
050 – Write a novel (first chapter written)
051 – Write fiction in English
052 – Write an article on the strategy of Carcassonne
053 – Write an article about one-eyed vision
054 – Write an article about audio books
055 – Write five short stories (1)

Computer activity

056 – Reorganise www.snigel.nu
057 – Complete the missing sections on Snigel.nu
058 – Get detailed statistics working for Snigel.nu
059 – Review all books read and all movies watched during the period
060 – Make my contribution to the new Rollspel.nu version
061 – Change and organise passwords and logins
062 – Go through and sort all personal files
063 – 500 characters per minute for two minutes
064 – Make someone change from Qwerty to Dvorak
065 – Buy a scanner
066 – One week without using a computer

Media consumption

067 – Watch the top 100 movies on IMDB (33/100
068 – Watch 5 movies from each continent

Africa
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Asia
1. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
2. Kiki’s Delivery Service
3. NausicaÀ of the Valley of the Wind
4. Grave of the Fireflies
5. Howl’s Moving Castle
Europe
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
2. Asterix tolv stordåd
3. Snatch
4. Educating Rita
5. A Clockwork Orange
North America
1. Gattaca
2. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
3. I, Robot
4. The Shawshank Redemption
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Oceania
1. Whale Rider
2. Mad Max
3.
4.
5.
South America
1. City of God
2.
3.
4.
5.

069 – Watch 10 movies by Hayao Miyazaki

1. Spirited Away
2. My Neighbor Totoro
3. Princess Mononoke
4. Laputa: Castle in the Sky
5. Kiki’s Delivery Service
6. Nausicaaa of the Valley of the Wind
7. Howl’s Moving Castle
8. The Castle of Cagliostro
9. Porco Rosso
10. Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

070 – Watch 5 movies in Mandarin Chinese

1. The Emperor and the Assassin
2. Warriors of Heaven and Earth
3. Raise the Red Lantern
4. Curse of the Golden Flower
5. Cape No. 7

071 – Buy something from Hans-Werner Sahm
072 – Compile a “best of Snigel” CD and trade it with 10 others for their favourite music
073 – Watch a movie at the cinema

Everyday life

074 – Change one aspect of my appearance
075 – Manage my economy without borrowing any money (looking good)
076 – Cook 50 new dishes (25/50)
077 – Analyse what I eat for a week
078 – Use dental floss every day for a month (2007-09-24)
079 – Throw, give away or store everything I do not need
080 – Assemble a digital address book
081 – Actually get up when the alarm sounds in the morning for one month
082 – Learn to sleep comfortably on my back
083 – Donate blood
084 – Exercise Nei Kung in the morning before breakfast for one month
085 – Collect images, quotes or scraps and put them on display (44/100)
086 – Organise and catalogue all my books
087 – Backup, sort and reorganise all my audio books
088 – Backup, sort and reorganise all my music
089 – Get some fancy business cards
090 – Buy a pair of high-quality boots

Experience and play

091 – Spend a week alone away from civilization
092 – Watch a full sunrise or sunset
093 – Spend one day blindfolded
094 – Solve Rubik’s Cube in one minute
095 – Build and fly a kite
096 – Watch a candle burn down
097 – Play marbles
098 – Participate in a total of 250 sessions of Antioch

Meta

099 – Publish something about each task on the list
100 – Get someone to start a list of their own
101 – Write a concluding essay on the subject of this list

My project will end on New Year’s Eve (December 31st) 2008.
It is left.

I have 27 more things to do.