Do not kiss Isabel
Descriere (lb. engleza):
Witty and erudite, this collection of fantasy fiction, while set in a futuristic civilization, actually
underscores the timeless, universal qualities that make us human: the search for love and meaning in our
lives, a fundamental compassion for fellow beings, the resilience of humor that renders desperation bearable.
Sergiu Somesan draws on surreal images of advanced societies (automaton-soldiers programmed with
computer chips, time-altering technologies, the lovely android Isabel of the title story), yet grounds them in
classic legends ranging from creation mythologies to an invasion of the Huns. Even as we laugh at the
absurdity of governmental dicta regarding the fate of an infant deemed a "military genius," we are stopped
cold at the mother's loss of that child ("Goo-Goo-Ga-Ga General"); our chuckles at the very practical fears
of friends on an outing turn to chills at the imminent demise of Planet Earth when a computer program
solves the "unsolvable" Tower of Brahma ("The Egg"). In a world where technology seems capable of
anything, readers are reminded that we humans with our faults and foibles still lend the elements of love,
laughter, and common sense-a comforting and reassuring endorsement, after all, of our humanity!
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