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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A Welcome Ending: 2020 Goodbye!

Christmas is for the kids. But I love the idea of a new beginning, however random that may be, so the New Year is always special for me. Trauma, trouble, dispute, and the glorious heroics and kindness of millions. This has been a year that will be remembered by most for many reasons. The personal …

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The Tragedy of Tradition?

The traditional fireworks display given for many different reasons. This one is at Sydney, Australia.Creative commons licence via Wikipedia.<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="http://Linh_rOm, CC BY 2.0 http://Linh_rOm, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0&gt;, via Wikimedia Commons Tradition, what is it? Why do we value it? Is it always good? The SOED defines it in several ways, but this …

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2021 (The Galaxy Series Book 4), by Aithal: #BookReview.

141 pagesFirst Contact Science Fiction/Action and Adventure Fiction Having read book 3 in this series (Divided States of America), I was open to read and review this fourth book when invited by the author. The story is the continuation of a time-travelling group, involving another world in a distant galaxy and the interaction of the …

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21 Lessons for the 21st Century, by Yuval Noah Harari: #BookReview.

416 pages Political History and Theory/Evolutionary Psychology This is an unusually truthful book, written in rational prose with a degree of honesty that will startle most readers. Presented in five parts, entitled, The Technological Challenge, The Political Challenge, Despair and Hope, Truth, and Resilience, with each section further divided, it does what it states in …

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Changing Priorities

If this pandemic has shown us anything, it’s demonstrated vividly those occupations that really matter. Below, listed alphabetically and not in order of importance, are those jobs without which we can’t live civilised lives. Please use the ‘Comments’ space below to add/subtract from this, giving your reasons. Broadcasters (who provide vital information and stress-relieving entertainment)Civil …

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Somebody Else’s Troubles, by J.A. English: #BookReview.

389 Pages Literary Fiction. All serious works of fiction should carry at least one underlying message. Some manage this with such subtlety it barely makes a conscious impression on those not seeking it, others blare it out loudly, covering their story with a condescending layer of preaching. Many lie somewhere in between; a reasonable balance …

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#Brexit: A Sad Farewell to the EU.

Sad news, but we, the UK, have now left the European Union. Probably the worst decision made in our long existence as a sort of democracy. Certainly not a time for celebration. We’ll likely pay more for food, lose many manufacturing and service jobs, and reduce our influence on the world stage. As a member …

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5 Questions About the #Climate.

We live in a beautiful world. Yes, I know. You’ve heard it all before. Or, you haven’t and don’t care. Or, the whole idea terrifies you and you’d rather not know. But this isn’t a piece to frighten, bamboozle or preach. Looking at the news; hearing, watching, and reading items about what has now popularly …

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20 Reasons to Question Capita£i$m:

Many readers will find what I suggest here blindingly obvious, and many others will find it difficult to accept. I hope to stimulate critical examination of a system most accept as ‘normal’ and therefore unquestioningly embrace. I’ve no wish to offend, scare or cause anxiety. A few moments of neutral consideration may, perhaps, make it …

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