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Vladimir Voinovich (1986) - Moscow 2042 Rating: 2/5 TLDR: Good perspective on sovok-liberal Russophobia. Vladimir Voinovich died the other day. In the Anglosphere, this only seems to have been noticed by RFERL, where this Serb/Jewish literary dissident worked during his exile from the USSR in the 1980s. Like Solzhenitsyn, Voinovich opposed the Soviet regime -... Read More
Non-West European nationalists don't tend to like Charles Murray's Human Accomplishment (HA) database. For instance, as relates to Russia: Why is Marconi propped over Popov? Where is Lodygin? Where is Bulgakov!? Let's answer that very last question. It would certainly be very useful to see Murray's assessments of the most eminent Russians correlates with Russian... Read More
Note: Major spoilers through to and including the fifth ASoIaF book. This series is commonly considered to be the archetypical Crapsack World , in which life is short, nasty, and brutal, and hardly anybody "bad" ever gets their just desserts while the innocent suffer. However, if you really get to thinking about the various deaths... Read More
So we hear from the blog that is not a blog that The Winds of Winter isn't going to be finished before HBO launches its sixth season this April and decidedly outpaces events in the books. This should not have come as a surprise and here is the graph - so far as I can... Read More
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD RATING: 8/10. (Please note my ratings system is harsh and virtually no films get a 10). In 2011, American sci-fi giant Neal Stephenson bewailed the pessimism prevalent in the genre and called for writers to start thinking more positively about the possibilities of technology in order to inspire new generations to "get... Read More
One of the consequences of selecting a literary nobody for the world's most prestigious intellectual prize is that people will begin digging into their biographies. And find some very, very interesting things. This is what has been happening in regards to 2015 Nobel Literature Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich, whose main distinguishing feature seems to be... Read More
I don't make any claims to being some kind of hifalutin literatus. To the extent I read any fiction at all it is almost inevitably either sci-fi or fantasy. I am woefully uncultured when it comes to "Big L" Literature, and looking at the postmodernist dreck that seems to dominate the modern scene, I am... Read More
This is a (very preliminary) prologue to a sci-fi novel I've been thinking of writing for some time. It's called 100 YEARS TO VICTORY, but obviously liable to change. My sole question is: Would you continue reading the rest of this book? It’s been nearly a decade since I built my first cage. It was... Read More
Black Sun Rising (Book 1 of the Coldfire Trilogy) by C.S. Friedman, published in 1991. Rating: 3/5. The Coldfire Trilogy is sometimes described as a successful fusion of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. So what better work to start reviewing on this site? I will be forthright: By far the most wondrous and intriguing element of... Read More
Over the past week I've completed one of my most significant projects, though I'm not megalomaniac enough to think it will present much interest to other people. It's a list of all the books I've ever read. Well, not all of them, of course. That's unrealistic. Since completing it, I've remembered a couple more. But... Read More
An original poem: And there shall come a time of wist and woe, When flesh grows weak and spirit fails, Of dark foreboding (and of secret glee), When I look down into the Abyss. There in its sad and murky depths, Where daemons lurk and spirits fall, The realm of death awaits. With its tenebral... Read More
Good books are of course far better than almost anything you can read in a magazine or find on the Internet. They are also of double the benefit when the reader actually interacts with them, e.g. by writing a review. I have about 25 of these on my two blogs, but they still come very... Read More
"World Made by Hand" by James Howard Kunstler, published in 2008. Rating: 3/5. [easyazon_link asin="0802144012" locale="US" new_window="default" tag="httpakarcom-20" add_to_cart="default" cloaking="default" localization="default" nofollow="default" popups="default"]WORLD MADE BY HAND[/easyazon_link] is a speculative fiction book about how a sociopolitical collapse may be experienced by small-town Americans. It is of a reasonable length, engaging and generally well-written, although far from... Read More
Anatoly Karlin
About Anatoly Karlin

I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.

One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.

Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.