This is the 813th post on the blog. Woo, big round number? Or not. Not really anything else to put up here. The only interesting things I’ve been doing is the personal project to try and get a book version of the old webcomic 8-bit theater put together. Nothing official. Just getting all the comics in a pdf and printed and bound at a office supply store or something. Want to share it with my mom because she likes that kind of dialogue humor and I’d love to just sit down and read through the whole thing. Plus it would be really cool to go to a Atomic Robo signing event or something and get the writer to sign a 8-bit Theater book.
Yes, my life is just full of drama and excitement. Now for ponyfic reviews.
- Friendship Is Optimal: Caelum Est Conterrens by Chatoyance
Sure. I decide that I need to read a fluffy fun story after the last story I read. So what do I do? Start in on a Friendship Is Optimal Story! Sometimes I really wonder about my brain.
Anyway. This was a decent to good FiO story. I think it could have been cut down a bit. The middle kind of drags in my opinion. Though that could just be because the main character goes in circles a bit thinking about what is identity and getting uploaded. Something I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about. So seeing her do the ‘I feel good I should upload!’ to ‘I feel depressed and uploading is terrible’ cycle back and forth was a bit frustrating.
On the other hand, it kept itself true to the basic premise of FiO quite well. Kept a tight focus on the main character and the question of identity. Also looked at a bit more of the hardware and mechanical bits. Which I think was a bit of a mistake. One of the strengths of the FiO stories in my opinion is that it keeps to a first person perspective so you only see the universe through the viewpoint character. So you can never be sure of CelestAI being truthful or deceitful. That blurry like is one of the parts of the universe that interests me. In this story we get at least two outright instances of CelestAI lying, once to the main character and once to other people on the main character’s behalf. It didn’t ruin the story or anything. Just a little nitpick.
The uplifted ponies at the end were a interesting added wrinkle. I had thought about something along those lines from the first FiO story I read. Not entirely sure about how I feel about a story coming outright and putting them into the universe. Though I did enjoy the way it did it. Which in turn just makes it a good FiO story. Good science fiction should make you think, and Friendship is Optimal is good science fiction and the stories that follow it should always strive to be good science fiction.
Quote from the story: “Maybe listening to two men argue in a restaurant wasn’t the best source for making decisions about life, death, and the nature of existence.”