In Willis’s (Doomsday) fifth solo novel, her practiced screwball style yields a clever story which, while imperfect, is a sheer pleasure to read. In the very near. Here-and-now speculative yarn involving chaos theory and statistical prediction, from the author of the fine Doomsday Book (), etc. Connie Willis has won more Hugo and Nebula awards than any other science fiction author. Now, with her trademark wit and inventiveness, she explores the.

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Willis’s intriguing notion comes across with the authority of a genuine insight–and probably merits a more dramatic and thoroughgoing workout than the agreeable but bland treatment it receives here. This is wonderful book. Retrieved from ” https: Life is a sequence of continual moments of chaos, that eventually even out into a pattern that is recognizable and the idea that an idea or stroke of genius wkllis come out bellweter pure disorder and even inane havoc was crazy to me, yet seemed to ring unbelievably true!

Hula-hoops, hair-bobbing, Rubik cubes, miniskirts, crocs, pointy shoes, Kewpie Dolls, chain letters, tattoos and crinolines — what do they have in common? I love how I can feel both overwhelmed and zinged bellwethsr yet always feel like the narrator is always in control of her own destiny, even so.

Why never chocolate cheesecake or thinking for yourself? I love all of the management initiatives.

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I’m a former biology grad student who now works for the civil service, the heart of bureaucracy. Or, is conni another reason she finds him so interesting? As Flip blunders about–ghastly black lipstick, weird clothes, faddish accessories, attitude problem bellwsther all– Sandra and Bennett decide to set up a joint project to test their ideas on the behavior of a flock of sheep.

I love that no one understands how to fill out the paperwork, or even the instructions on how to fill out the paperwork. Buy Bellwether from Amazon. Independent thinking is something Sandra cherishes, and when she bellwetyer a scientist whose dress and behavior mark him as the antithesis of the Willis’ Bellwether is a fluid, witty story, filled with wry and insightful commentary on the American Public.


And yes, that would the exact wording. A very different take on marketing and trends than the one presented in William Gibson’s “Pattern Recognition! Her protagonists are typically beset by single-minded people pursuing illogical agendas, such as attempting to organize a bell-ringing session in the middle of a deadly epidemic Doomsday Bookor frustrating efforts to analyze near-death experiences by putting words in the mouths of interviewees Passage. Jun 02, Pages Buy. Also, again, it’s short.

Connie Willis, Bellwether

Nor is it exactly humour — it’s humorousbut I don’t think that’s the main feature of the book. In the sense that SF is the fiction of idea exploration, absolutely, and connid she does with it is clever, creative, and so, so fun. And you know what I really love? You don’t always see people in the most charitable ways internally, even when you make an effort to treat others well.


If you know what The book centers on the science of pop culture and chaos theory. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A nice sized read. I’m still chuckling after reading this. With socially awkward scientists and stuff.

Sandra Foster, the narrator of Bellwetherstudies fads for HiTek, a private corporation; the corporation’s premise is that finding out what makes something a fad will help it predict future fads and capitalize on that knowledge. Jun 19, Andree rated it it was amazing Shelves: Inspired by Your Browsing History.

But is it SF? Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Seriously, don’t read these spoilers if you haven’t read the book, because they’re rather significant.

I love the details. Meanwhile, the employees struggle with chaos created by a self-centered administrative assistant. I loved how Sandra processed Flip, who is a complete slave to fads and seems about the most useless person on earth. But is her influence for evil, or is it just mundane? This was an entertaining look at human nature and the mystery of why we humans tend to follow the flock.

After Bennet’s “simplified” funding form gets lost he made the mistake of turning it in to FlipSandra combines forces and projects with him, helping him acquire a flock of sheep in order to continue his work. I especially enjoyed her characterizations of Flip, Management, and Shirl, all of which added extra fillips of humor to the story.

The descriptions of the management nonsense imposed at the fictional HiTek are absolutely spot-on something I know from personal experience conjie promoting the least competent, “improving” efficiency by introducing new forms of bureaucracy, repackaging old ideas as new initiatives with shiny new acronyms.

They both work for the HiTek corporation, strangers until a misdelivered package brings them together. Browning’s work, which is explicitly mentioned in Willis’s, tells the story of a cheerful girl named Pippa who in passing by folks in a village influences everyone bellwefher the good. Mar 25, The Flooze rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is definitely for bibliophiles.

This book also makes a point about how society also cycles through phases of being “anti” various things–drinking Prohibitioncertain religions that are persecuted, obesity, smoking–and how those attitudes are also fads, in a very real sense. She has won, among other awards, ten Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards. Sabrina Foster studies fad source analysis.

Sandra is a very accessible heroine. Bellwethwr question is whether willus will succumb to the attention of a trend-following rancher, or pursue a decidedly untrendy physicist working on chaos theory.