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Bellwether (1996)

av Connie Willis

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A romantic comedy on two scientists using the chaos theory to predict fads in our society. They are Sandra and Bennet, working on the premise that a tiny action like the flap of a butterfly's wings in Arizona has an impact on the whole world, perhaps resulting in a hurricane in China. The couple's work on fad-diffusion produces comic as well as tragic results.… (mer)
  1. 42
    Domedagsboken av Connie Willis (Kichererbse)
  2. 10
    Ute/Inne : en roman av Scott Westerfeld (mzonderm)
    mzonderm: Both books are interesting commentaries on how fads get started.
  3. 00
    PopCo av Scarlett Thomas (shelfoflisa)
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Fantastic book! ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
I didn't mean to read this book so fast (this is the second time I've read it)...but it's too good to put down!

2016 -Started the year with a re-read of a favourite. ;) ( )
  sdramsey | Dec 14, 2020 |
An all-time favorite. Maybe because the protagonist is so relatable for me. A professional academic who is a woman and neither stupid nor super-human is refreshing and somehow... a relief. It is ok to be a woman who has no chink in her armor. In fact, such a woman is actually capable of success.
I have seen some readers felt that this book is misfiled under science fiction. While there was a lot of vocabulary calisthenics about exactly WHY such strong feelings erupted over a filing system choice, I fear it might be a backlash against women in the genre both as characters and authors. There is no question that it is not cliché science fiction. Willis did not feel the need to place her story into a created universe to make her statement on our own society. Science fiction has the unparalleled power over other genres to use fiction as a vehicle for social criticism by removing the distracting elements to better focus the message. Others argue that the same traits provide an escape from the problems of this world. I have no argument with either camp as I have benefited from both of these traits in my experience with science fiction. Yet I don't find them as essential to qualification as a "Science Fiction." This book shows why perfectly. In placing the novel in a modern college with a professional woman protagonist I could make the argument that Willis has already created a fictional setting. But ultimately the book is the defense. The protagonist is a scientist and is shown doing research. And it's fiction. And we put those together and we have... Science Fiction. But, why is the location of this book in the Dewey Decimal system such a controversy? I really hope that it i only different and not a slam on women in science. My final words on this great book... I enjoyed reading this and, on occasion, even laughed out loud. Try it. You might like it. ( )
  Smsw | Oct 20, 2020 |
This was a pretty typical Willis novel. There’s a lot of chaos and running around and lots of trivia about topics that don’t seem to converge until they do and a bit of romance at the edges. This leads to a certain predictability and my calling of plot twists and revelations long before they happened, and the only reasons it didn’t get wearing were the shortness of the novel and the fact that Willis managed to weave her topics together in support of her theme/thesis in an interesting and succinct way. (But then, I’ve read a lot of Willis’ books and know how she does things.)

Not that I didn’t enjoy myself. There were plenty of amusing moments. She has a strong sense of human behaviour and how to make her book feel timeless. (20+ years, barely feels dated.) The themes and trivia were pretty neat and while she came to a conclusion I’d long since accepted, I was happy to go along for the ride just to watch her get there. She does a decent, though not impressive, job of making characters sympathetic. And so on.

An entertaining, unregrettable couple days, in other words, and neither my favourite of Willis’ books or my least. There’s nothing overly sparkling about it, nothing mind-blowing enough to put it on rec lists or in the halls of classics, but she handles her subjects deftly and probably this would have been pretty cool in the ‘90s when a lot of the science was newer. I knew what I was in for when I picked it up and expected to leave satisfied. Instead, I left mildly impressed.

6/10

To bear in mind: Contains attitudes re: Young People These Days. ( )
  NinjaMuse | Jul 26, 2020 |
This book is filled with coincidences and a different take on the idea that "everything happens for a reason." Most times people using that phrase actually mean "everything happens with a purpose," but it's at least equally valid to interpret it as Willis seems to: "everything happens with a cause."

This cause or reason can seem magical, mystical, or even religious to us, but if one could see all of the variables---a mis-delivered package, a sour mood, choosing to play the flute instead of a low-brass instrument---the cause and effect would be apparent and logical. Many of these variables are effectively invisible to us, either because we are unable to detect them or because we are unable to see them once we've crafted our own narrative about a situation. Depending on our perspective, we often see the results either as magical, like when the magician saws the lady in half, or as inevitable, as when we look back at World War II and it seems inevitable that the Allies would win, because we only see the series of events that support that conclusion and leave out those that don't.

In reality, Willis argues, the course of events is neither inevitable nor magical, but just a chaos of small causes and effects occasionally coalescing into something resembling order. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Jun 28, 2020 |
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A romantic comedy on two scientists using the chaos theory to predict fads in our society. They are Sandra and Bennet, working on the premise that a tiny action like the flap of a butterfly's wings in Arizona has an impact on the whole world, perhaps resulting in a hurricane in China. The couple's work on fad-diffusion produces comic as well as tragic results.

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