Saturday, October 02, 2010

John Scalzi Reviews Atlas Shrugged

As a pulpy, fun read about an unrealistic world that could never happen, I give Atlas Shrugged a thumbs up.

All of this is fine, if one recognizes that the idealized world Ayn Rand has created to facilitate her wishful theorizing has no more logical connection to our real one than a world in which an author has imagined humanity ruled by intelligent cups of yogurt.

But read the whole thing.

When I was reading her Anthem, the moment when suspension of disbelief became death by hanging occurred when the hero and his love interest, fleeing a distopian future socialist society, come upon an abandoned house in the woods. It is recognizable to the reader as a Frank Lloyd Wright design. And the roof didn't leak.

Update: Scalzi has been unable to resist the temptation to imagine a world in which humanity is ruled by an intelligent cup of yogurt.

A Gift from the Culture, if you will.

No comments: