A Lullaby in the Desert, by Mojgan Azar: #BookReview.

296 PagesDiscrimination & Racism/Women’s Biographies/Adventure Stories & Action This is effectively an autobiographical novel, an exceptionally candid and affecting one, as the author followed the same dangers, cruelties and life choices as the fictional narrative subject, Susan. It is not an easy read. But it is a book everyone who can read should.It tells the …

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Bridport Prize 2020 Anthology, by Bridport Arts Centre: #BookReview.

147 pages Literary Anthology This is an anthology of the winning entries for the poetry, short fiction, and flash fiction annual contest held in 2020. It includes the ‘commended’ entries, too.The Bridport is a well-respected international literary competition. Along with other contemporary creative activities, what is considered ‘good’ is down to personal taste. We’ve all …

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Futuristic Fiction: #Research for #Writers, Part 17; All the Rest.

Word cloud created via Wordart.com This series began as a way to suggest possible topics for research for those writing fiction set in the future on Earth. The list runs to 100, and so far, I’ve covered 16 in detail. However, it strikes me it might be more productive for writers to tackle those subjects …

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Futuristic Fiction: #Research for #Writers, Part 15, Celebrity.

Taken in the centre of Kos Town. The introduction to this series is here. This post looks at Celebrity. What is a celebrity? The SOED defines it thus: A celebrated person; a (popular) public figure. Everybody from the latest moronic fool in some dreadful ‘reality’ TV show to the most well-known and talented performer in …

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Futuristic Fiction: #Research for #Writers, Part 14, Cars.

Image derived via clipart. You’ll find the introduction to this series here. This post looks at Cars. Globally, we humans are wedded to cars, see them as almost a right. As a means of transport, they combine convenience, privacy, flexibility, and some degree of freedom, no matter how artificial that may be. But they come …

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Futuristic Fiction: #Research for #Writers, Part 13, Capitalism.

 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:G20_capitalism_banner.jpg The introduction to this series is here. This post looks at Capitalism. Okay, so what is capitalism? My go-to dictionary (SOED) defines it thus: ‘The possession of capital or wealth; a system in which private capital or wealth is used in the production or distribution of goods; the dominance of private owners of capital …

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Futuristic Fiction: #Research for #Writers, Part 12, Business.

Photo by Marko Milivojevic on Pixnio You’ll find the introduction to this series here. This post looks at Business. What do we understand by the term ‘business’? In fact, it encompasses a wide range of activities and philosophies. Some people are in business to make improvements to life, some to help others, but most business …

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Futuristic Fiction: #Research for #Writers, Part 11, Blasphemy.

You’ll find the introduction to this series here. This post looks at Blasphemy. Ancient and often arbitrary laws of blasphemy are gradually losing ground throughout most of the civilised world. They remain a threat to free speech in too many countries at present, however. After all, blasphemy, as a matter of law, can only occur …

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Futuristic Fiction: #Research for #Writers, Part 10, Beauty.

You’ll find the introduction to this series here. This post looks at Beauty. Beauty, according to an ancient aphorism, lies in the eye of the beholder. Experience suggests this is so, most of the time. But will our future produce different standards of beauty? We know fashions, trends, local traditions, and beliefs all impact on …

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Futuristic Fiction: #Research for #Writers, Part 9, Banking.

You’ll find the introduction to this series here. This post looks at Banking. Money, cash that is, will probably disappear in time. Currencies may also become a thing of the past when most transactions are completed online. What effect would such changes have on the banking industry and the customer’s need and experience of it? …

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Futuristic Fiction: #Research for #Writers, Part 8, Authority.

You’ll find the introduction to this series here. This post looks at Authority. Most dictionary definitions of authority include references to legitimacy, but modern usage incorporates, and indeed often prefers, the more pejorative definition including the abuse of power. Authority, originally an attribute of tribal leaders, later taken over by various religious organisations, and eventually …

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Futuristic Fiction: #Research for #Writers, Part 7, Art.

Free photo 16872076 © Saša Prudkov - Dreamstime.com You’ll find the introduction to this series here. This post looks at ‘Art’. What art is can’t be defined adequately in a post of this type, and that isn’t the purpose of this piece anyway. Let’s, for the sake of this small post, decide that art is …

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Futuristic Fiction: #Research for #Writers, Part 6, Animals, as Pets.

A neighbour's pet dog. You’ll find the introduction to this series here. This post looks at ‘Animals, as Pets’. Bet this’ll prove a contentious post: people often treat their pets with more love and care than they do their children and siblings. As someone who’s had pets as varied as goldfish, rabbits, and dogs, I’ve …

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Futuristic Fiction: #Research for #Writers, Part 5, AI.

https://www.piqsels.com/en/public-domain-photo-jcurz/download   You’ll find the introduction to this series here. This post looks at ‘Artificial Intelligence’. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an area still under development and, in common with almost all new technologies, it has an undefined future. This makes it both a dream and a nightmare when it comes to science fiction. Several big names …

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Futuristic Fiction: #Research for #Writers, Part 4, Agriculture.

Photo Credit: https://www.needpix.com/photo/1877200/ You’ll find the introduction to this series here. This post looks at ‘Agriculture’. Why do we farm, and produce food the way we do? There’s a long history of human agricultural activity going back around 10,000 years. In the past, in many cultures, the majority of the population was involved in creating …

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