Alejandro is from Chasm City

I just saw the video for Alejandro by Lady Gaga, and I couldn’t believe how much it reminded me of an Alastair Reynolds book.

The world Alastair paints for his readers is far-future: humans can live for centuries and are able to genetically modify themselves, yet the world they live in is still very full of pain and suffering, much of it self-inflicted. The awe of long-distance star travel is coupled with dangerous and painful conditions for travellers that make it possible.

There’s this overwhelming sense of discomfort and unease in the books, like something terrible is going to happen. Most of humanity lives in an asteroid belt called The Glimmer Band, and it is full of remnants of previous advanced technology that has been rendered unusable by an alien threat. Constant reminders of that pervade that remind the reader that not everything is alright in this future, and while its unspoken much of the population seems to think the same. This has given way to bizarre decadence by some, and masochistic religious cults in others in the world of The Glimmer Band.

I liked the books, yet I have a hard time reading them: none of the main characters are likable, and terrible things happen to people. Everyone is uncomfortable, sleep-deprived, on-edge, going crazy or all of the above.

Like I said, I got pretty much the same feeling when I watched the video for Alejandro.

Anyways, here’s a Rusko rework of the Gaga original (via Gotta Dance Dirty)

Lady Gaga - Alejandro (Rusko’s Papuseria Remix)

Lady Gaga - Alejandro

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8 Responses to “Alejandro is from Chasm City”

  1. Miss Anthropy says:

    I don’t think the video is as thought out as an Alastair book… This post doesn’t make me understand or like the lady gaga video/song more…it just makes me wanna read Alastair now. So, thank you.

  2. Null says:

    A lot of lady gaga’s stuff is sci fi based, if you listen to some lyrics in her songs you can hear sci fi themes, I’d give you an example, but its not the kind of thing I commit to memory

  3. Sean says:

    Loving the remixed version…especially when it hits the chorus.

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