Category Archives: General

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Best Philip K Dick Novel


Best Philip K Dick Novel The Guardian ran an article on Dick’s Best Novels chosen by Nicola Barker, Michael Moorcock, and Adam Roberts on 27th August 2017 at Philip K Dick Best Novels. There’s all the normal stuff you’d expect to see – Adam … Continue reading

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Strange New Black Hole at the Galaxy’s Core


From the Daily Telegraph Scientists discover strange form of black hole at the heart of Milky Way http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/04/scientists-discover-strange-form-ofblackhole-heart-milky-way/ Supermassive black holes lie at the heart of many – probably all –  galaxies. There’s one in the core of the Milky Way. These … Continue reading

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Process Mapping and Things


A long awaited piece of work – process mapping for a high street name – is close. While I’ve been plotting that into my diary, my middle daughter has finally, at the age of 20, cut the apron strings (again). … Continue reading

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The New SF – New Wave Science Fiction


The New SF – Langdon Jones (ed) Arrow Books 1971 paperback, 224pp, ISBN 0 09 003890 8 This collection is a fingers up to both the literary establishment and the normal reading public. There’s so little SF, that the back … Continue reading

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Billion Year Spree – a retrospective


When I start a new piece my first consideration is theme. If it’s not SF, it’ll be short and I generally launch straight into it, knowing it’ll be out of the way in a day or two. SF poses additional … Continue reading

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I Hope the EU Fixes Itself


Don’t rejoice in Brexit failings. We remoaners must shape the future (says Zoe Williams in the Guardian) Zoe Williams Juncker is the compromise candidate propelled to to prominence. There is plenty unremarkable about him as well as some murky areas that … Continue reading

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The Last Library


Finally coming to the end of this. Back in December 2016 I expected it to max out at about 6k words; it’s now over 20k. Phew. It concerns a wannabe librarian, fallen angels, civilisation forced to live by the rules … Continue reading

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How real books have trumped ebooks


Has the Guardian identified a publishing revival? The Guardian | Books | 2017 | May | 14: How real books trumped ebooks This article has plenty of anecdote but is short on hard data. What do I expect? Units shifted, sales … Continue reading

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China’s Xi lays out $900bn Silk Road vision amid claims of empire-building


China lays claim to the world’s biggest project The Guardian | world | 2017 | may | 14 | China’s Xi lays out $900bn Silk Road vision amid claims of empire-building This could  fundamentally change the pattern of  world trade. There are big challenges … Continue reading

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Man Cannot Survive on Mobile Alone.


For Xmas my eldest bought me a smart mobile. I’d been struggling along on my ailing Nokia. It held battery charge great but internet connectivity was a chore. I didn’t bother. Other things being equal I was quite open to the … Continue reading

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