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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You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. The best option if you really want to read Connie Willis: The author’s research about fads and tidbits of info regarding other scientists was mundane at best for me, but served the purpose of the book. But all the time I wasn’t really wiklis what I was supposed to hook onto, what I was supposed to be connecting with.

I did enjoy it, all the way through, which is a step up for me when it comes to Connie Willis. I love how it characterizes bureaucracy. Lists with This Book. The topic of the day this time is fads — the origin of groupthink, bellweyher — as well as chaos theory, which was kind bellwetjer a big deal at the time thanks to the release of Jurassic Park a few years earlier come on, admit it: Beyond its dubiousness as a rhetorical tactic, it also makes for crap writing.


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.


I didn’t even try to predict how it would work out, because I was having too much fun along the way. Similarly, there is a lot of oversatirization of trends which mainly comes off as cranky and dated, rather than light fun.

It took me a couple of reads, about 10 years apart, to really appreciate it. Now, Flip is in fact a legendarily terrible assistant, but the more I think about Sandra, the more I’m convinced they deserve each other, because people can’t even order bread pudding around Sandra without her darkly speculating about how they’ve been brainwashed.

The main character, Dr. Indeed, it reads all too much like an author working out their frustration with modern society. Science has its fads and crazes, like anything else: Bellwether is one of Connie Willis’ non-SF satirical even farcical at times comedies.

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It’s also not a romance, even though there is romance in it. There was a problem adding your email address. I think some of them are very weak.

Why never chocolate cheesecake or thinking for yourself? Having worked in Quality Management Systems for a few years, I can atest to the accuracy of this observation about pointless meetings and improvement ideas that mean nothing more than another batch of paper forms to fill.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from November All stub articles. Prior to picking this up, I’d read and greatly enjoyed two of Willis’ other books: Commitment is in, postmodern pink is in, hairwraps are in, branding is in and so is Barbie. Sandra Foster is living proof that: The headrest on the wheelchair had slipped which it always seems to do and she was pushing at it.


Quite a few people here will already know that Dorian, a Dublin friend, was in a serious accident back in February, and is still in hospital, technically in a coma, although she has woken up. It’s slight literally–this is closer to willid novella conniie a true noveland that slightness works to its advantage, because it’s basically a breezy and screwball nineties Shakespearean comedy, complete with a ruler in disguise, a happy ocnnie, and a little light satire.

Sandra Foster is a researcher in a big institute called HiTek and her project is the study of all fads, fashions, trends: Employed by the HiTek company, Sandra Foster is trying to develop a theory that can predict how and why fads and trends begin. Management-type only referred to as Management, like that is his name!

Nor is it exactly humour — it’s humorousbut I don’t think that’s the main feature of the book. Sandra intercedes with a flock of sheep and an idea for a joint project. Management is keen on it and finds all necessary resources to fund it because statistically it has a likelihood to win the elusive and very lucrative Niebnitz Grant. It is a fantastic novella, though. Sandra Foster, the narrator of Bellwetherstudies fads for HiTek, a private corporation; the corporation’s premise is that finding out belowether makes something a fad will help it predict future fads and capitalize on that knowledge.