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Discover Liberty – Active Mind http://www.activemind.com wonderings on liberty, learning, beauty, the past, present, future...on life Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:15:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.9 Infinity Squad by Shuvom Ghose – Review http://www.activemind.com/books/infinity-squad-by-shuvom-ghose-review/ http://www.activemind.com/books/infinity-squad-by-shuvom-ghose-review/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2012 23:42:41 +0000 http://www.activemind.com/?post_type=books&p=606 Continue reading ]]> I thoroughly enjoyed Infinity Squad.

Based on the premise of Earth’s military forces trying to tame and colonize a foreign planet while battling with dominant indigenous life form – Hell-spiders – Infinity Squad’s big sci-fi hook is that the humans have the capability of resurrecting their dead soldiers into cloned bodies – most of the time.

The characters, enjoyable and infuriating, are constantly required to make quick decisions and to live, or die, as a consequence. The storyline never stops moving.  There are plenty of twists to keep it interesting and to keep the reader wondering what’s going to happen next. The dialogue is crisp and readable, witty and humorous, and occassionally macabre – most notably when one of the main characters chooses to feed his previous body to the enemy spider.

Shuvom has done an excellent job teasing out the implications of having a military capable of regenerating its soldiers, and it’s these implications played out logically that really drive the story.

There is obviously some violence in the book – it is about an attempted military conquest of an alien planet. The cursing from the characters can be a bit heavy at times, and the story is spiced with sexual innuendo, but it all fits with the context of the story.

That’s what’s best about Infinity Squad, the story comes first. It’s entertaining, and it’s well worth the read.

Though Infinity Squad is centered around the military, the story is strongly anti-authoritarian. It’s not an outwardly libertarian book; there is little preaching. However, there are numerous one-liners and quips that should make liberty lovers smile, like:

“Forbidden are laws that benefit one group more than the rest, or ones that dictate what an adult may do inside his own cave.”

and

“Can’t I OD on weed or something?”…. “No one dies from that,”

The protagonists have to stand up for what they believe is right, against a brutal authority. I found myself not only liking but rooting for the characters that Shuvom has created.

If he can sell 1,000 copies, Shuvom has said he’ll write sequel. So please buy a copy and enjoy. I want to see what happens next to the members of Infinity Squad.

Own It Now !
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Liberty Festival Calendar http://www.activemind.com/discover-liberty/liberty-festival-calendar/ http://www.activemind.com/discover-liberty/liberty-festival-calendar/#respond Thu, 27 Sep 2012 19:00:32 +0000 http://www.activemind.com/?p=538 Continue reading ]]> Are you a liberty lover looking to gather with like minded people?

Are you curious about the concepts of personal rights and independence?

Would you like to spend a day, weekend, or week in an environment and with people that will give you a taste of what it might be like to live in a truly free society?

Are you looking for debate, education, inspiration?

Join with others at one of the growing list of Liberty Festivals that are popping up around the country.

Here you’ll find a collection of all of the Liberty related festivals, gatherings, and conferences of which I’m aware.

Upcoming Liberty Festivals
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If you know of one that should be added just add a comment to this page. I’ll check into it and add it to the list if it looks appropriate.

What’s appropriate?

Any conference, open gathering, or festival whose primary purpose is the promotion and/or celebration of liberty. I’m looking for events that embrace all aspects of liberty. I’m not looking for events that are single topic focused (i.e.: pro-second amendment, legalizing drugs, antiwar). I strongly support each of those, and other, efforts – they just don’t fit with the idea for this list.

I’ll err on the side of inclusiveness. If you have some criticism of an entry on the list, please add a thoughtful comment to the entry informing others of your concerns.

Again, for any event you think should be on the list but isn’t please add a comment to this page.

Sign up for the Liberty Festival Calendar Newsletter to be informed of newly added festivals.

Hope to see you each at one of the upcoming events.

–Brad

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