Toronto police constable Ken Lam confronts the perpetrator of the Yonge Street van massacre, Brunner's vision, in "Stand on Zanzibar" is of a future (2010) that is not too far off from where we actually are. David Neil Lee’s last post for us was The Quatermass Experiment: The Shakespeare of Sci-Fi Television. Reports also from Rangoon, Lima and Auckland notch up the day’s total to 69. (Sound familiar?). Some Shameless Self-Promotion: I Have A Podcast! Like winter blizzards or summer lightning, they could descend on anyone anywhere at any time. April 23, 2018. The poor are caught in the middle. So, just what is this 'Latinx' crap anyway? I watched some of the videos of the Oct 2017 Las Vegas shootings, and suddenly, all the details of this Brunner novel popped back into mind, despite me have read the book a very long time ago. A meditation on the phony ballot box shuffle, GOP committed felony setting up fake ballot drop boxes in California. The chapters alternate between: Context, background information, Paratext, incomprehensible transcripts of TV shows, and excerpts from the writings of rogue sociologist Chad Mulligan. Muckers. You can have the Magic Bus---for ONE HUNDRED--English Pounds. It becomes a form of damning with faint praise. In Brunner’s 2010, world population is seven billion, and as a broadcaster says, “if you allow for every codder and shaggy and appleofmyeye a space one foot by two you could stand us all on the six hundred forty square mile surface of the island of Zanzibar.”. Strangely enough, as the earth’s population increases and stress points appear, with mass poverty, starvation and war exacerbated by human-produced climate change, we don’t hear discussion of overpopulation these days. Le Carre spy-story tradecraft and H. P. Lovecraft Cthulhu-ripoffs. But the Brunner book was brilliant, and has stayed in my mind for so many years. I begin writing this piece in Hamilton, Ontario on May 18, 2018. Photo courtesy of Roberto Quaglia. Sailing Alone Around The Room by Billy Collins. ), the 1968 novel is worth remembering for its author’s uncanny predictions of what 21st century culture and technology might look like. forced the suspect to the sidewalk and handcuffed him. Whether this caught on or not, I don’t know, but it only takes a minor leap of the imagination to imagine providing financial aid to those families too destitute to purchase their own Family Atomics. The big AI, Shalmanezer, is on the verge of being built - probably using Google's TensorFlow and a big beowulf cluster. I But it is pricey. ER October 19, 2020 4:59 am (Off-Topic), RIP, John Barrow, 1952-2020 ER October 18, 2020 12:54 pm (Space/Science), new fire 10 miles away. Across the sea in London a woman mucker took out four as well as her own three-month baby before a mind-present standerby clobbered her. new fire 10 miles away. If we focus on an author’s talent for alleged “prediction,” we can overlook the extent to which in expostulating futures, these authors actually wrote about their own time, and did so with insight and creativity. ER October 22, 2020 7:30 am (CurrentEvents), I couldn't decide whether to file this under 'CE' or 'Science'. The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry... To Say Nothing Of The Dog by Connie Willis, A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Post-traumatic stress disorder, religious mania, chronic psychosis: all these are worth arguing as root causes for our present-day “muckers,” but Brunner’s overriding concern is overpopulation. This 3 by Berke Breathed, Breakout 2018 Convention Debrief (Part Three). I watched some of the videos of the Oct 2017 Las Vegas shootings, and suddenly, all the details of this Brunner novel popped back into mind, despite me have read the book a very long time ago.
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