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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A Spot of History

Just a little alert for those who like castles and history: I was recently invited to do a post for a Museum site. I chose to do a post about Bolton Castle in North Yorkshire. You'll find that post here, if you're interested.

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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Futuristic Fiction: #Research for #Writers, Part 3, Advertising.

If you want to read the introduction to this series, you’ll find it here. This post looks at ‘Advertising’. Why advertising? Who does it benefit? How will future advertising be presented? How will it look, feel, sound? At present, advertising, marketing, promotion, call it what you will (they’re all methods of persuading people to buy), …

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