This episode I read a pretty great cyberpunk soap opera. I am also experimenting with a new recording set-up (you’re excited, aren’t you?)
Alex + Ada
Jonathan Luna , Sarah Vaughn
I really enjoyed this series for several reasons:
Mainly, I love that it has androids searching for meaning. This has been a favorite idea for me since reading The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov. I think there is something really accessible about the clean-slate innocence of a sentient robot trying to make sense of the all the nonsense perpetrated by ambling meat bags.
I also love that the sci-fi story is basically nested comfortably into a full on telenovela with jealous exes and hidden secrets. Humans are complicated and duplicitous and I think showing this makes the Androids more sympathetic.
And I love the art. I have an abiding respect for art that is clean and easy to read, especially in stories with lots of relationship drama. Different art styles serve well in different kind of stories, and getting a good fit can make a huge difference in how I absorb a book. Jonathan Luna’s work on this title really succeeds for me.
While I was reading for this show I was at Ruins here in Spokane. It is a lovely little bar/restaurant in which I hope to spend more time. If you are looking for a well made cocktail, I feel very confident sending you into their care.