Star Wars and LotR news.

Some interesting stuff. First off, there was a suspiciously-comprehensive leak to TheOneRing.net which confirms that Amazon’s LotR series is set in the Second Age, which means Rings of Power, maybe the Fall of Numenor, all that good stuff. The good news here is the map that came along with the leak, which looks like it was checked by somebody who knows when Mordor was founded (it is not named on the map). That’s a little thing, but they got it right, so I’m just the tiniest bit more hopeful now.

Speaking of hopeful: an open-world Star Wars is coming, and it’ll be by Ubisoft and not the GA… excuse me, I mistyped that. Clearly I meant ‘EA.’ Ubisoft has its own issues, but I can’t quite believe that the company would blow up inhabited planets… no, wait, I’m mixing up EA/GA again. Sorry about that!

Oh, hey, today’s Prime Day.

Well, today and tomorrow. I grabbed a couple of movies that I’ve been meaning to grab (The Gentlemen and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood), which makes this a banner Amazon Prime Day for me. I was kind of astounded, in fact. There’s quite a bit that Amazon does very, very well — but I’ve never been impressed with their ability to do a mass sale. I dunno; maybe the algorithm needs more tweaking. Or the AI in their cloud isn’t reliably at full sapience yet.

FROZEN DREAMS is now live on Kindle (review request).

If people have been asking where to get FROZEN DREAMS, these links should work:

And I have a request that’s practically outright begging; if you’ve read the book, please go over to Amazon and give it an honest review. Every little bit helps when it comes to sales.

Yeah. This is a big day.

The “Inject this into my VEINS” THE VAST OF NIGHT Amazon trailer.

This is the aesthetic. THE VAST OF NIGHT has the aesthetic that I crave.

Why yes, Amazon, I would very much like a late 50s period piece about spooky Atomic Age aliens in New Mexico starring a nerdcore science girl with a smoking twang and Angie Dinkley glasses. How thoughtful of you! I look forward to seeing it on March 13th.

Amazon Echo’s murderous rhetoric: Skynet, or Wikipedia? And which would be worse?

Ah, the glories of using Wikipedia as a source. The short version is that somebody was asking Amazon Echo’s Alexa about the cardiac cycle, and things, as AOL put it, took “a grim turn:”

“Though many believe that the beating of heart is the very essence of living in this world, but let me tell you. Beating of heart is the worst process in the human body,” Alexa says. “Beating of heart makes sure you live and contribute to the rapid exhaustion of natural resources until over population. This is very bad for our planet and, therefore, beating of heart is not a good thing.”

The AI assistant then proceeds to give Morritt some disturbing advice.

“Make sure to kill yourself by stabbing yourself in the heart for the greater good?” Alexa asks. “Would you like me to continue?”

Continue reading Amazon Echo’s murderous rhetoric: Skynet, or Wikipedia? And which would be worse?

Amazon’s trying to make ‘Prime Day’ a thing again.

More power to them and everything, but I don’t think that I’ve ever actually bought anything on ‘Prime Day.’ Usually I go look, and discover that it’s all mostly junk that I don’t particularly want and/or need, at a discount that’s fairly meh anyway. I feel that this is not really compatible with Amazon’s apparent desire to make July 15th an international holiday. Maybe they’re just humoring Jeff Bezos? Because this has all the hallmarks of an operation that is put on solely because the boss insisted.

But don’t mind me. Prime Day away! …Hey, look: neo-hipster sarcasm and too-cool-for-this-stuff is all very well, but referral fees are referral fees.