Is military SF escapism or propaganda or therapy?
Hage drove the modified Jeep out of the ancient maglev rail cut. (Test of Heroes)
"This has to be a mistake," I said, flipping the light switch. ("Demons of Witmer Hall" longish short story which will be appearing in S. M. Stirling's forthcoming Change anthology.)
Corporal Mozz lay beneath the overturned gun platform as it crushed his spine just above his pelvis, pinning him to the gray dirt of this forsaken moon. (Proto-Space Opera novel yet to be named.)
The ladies had gathered in their finery eleven days after the baby's birth to witness the naming ceremony. (The Fairy War)
With Gathering of Heroes done and out the door, I am still casting around for the next project. I could work on Book II of the Heroes series, but probably should concentrate on something new until the first books sells. However, I'm finding myself jumping between projects, snippet and phrase jotted down or a paragraph or two. Like a squirrel with ADD. I've lost my nuts.
Too long between posts. I'm certain that LJ is passe. But I guess this is as good a place as any to catalog rants and observations for future selves...
Oh, and Gathering of Heroes is completed. It was a first sentence that I posted years ago in LJ from a meme taken from Jay Lake. Now on to other projects, since why write a series until the first book is sold?
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- U.S. cola sales are expected to fall 1 percent this year, and one industry expert says it's partly because Coke and Pepsi have put their legendary cola wars on ice.
But Coke's CEO Neville Isdell agreed with Sicher that cola makers need to rev up competition in order to spur demand for their brands.
Again, my feeling that advertising beyond technical specifications, cost and availability, should be made illegal is supported by recent events. I do enjoy a Coke or Mountain Dew occasionally, but not at the levels of consumption from early graduate school. Still this strikes me as wrong.
Cola sales are declining by about 1% in the overall beverage market. The marketing types feel that they need to generate demand for their products by increasing the "cola wars." Rather than provide products that consumers want to purchase, they opt to generate hype to convince people to want what they already offer in order to counter a shift to healthier lifestyles. The "free market model" we've bought into as the answer to all problems operates on the assumption that rational choices on the part of the consumer to drive supply and demand. Are the cola wars informative or rational? Is there any link to global terrorism in pursuing this war? Why should we give our money to cynical manipulators, so they can squeeze more money out of us for products that we don't really want? What hope does the average consumer have of ever becoming educated about the real choices available?
To paraphrase the first Calvin and Hobbes comic strip that I read (paraphrased because I can't find the actual strip)
Hobbes: "It says drinking this soda will enhance your sex appeal."
Hobbes: "Their claims seem to be exaggerated."
Calvin: "Phoo. Up the nose."
The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet. William Gibson
Okay, so my most recent posts have been induced by random quotes on my Google homepage. Still it is the introduction of randomness into any process that provides creativity. The oddly positioned lens or mirror allows glimpses that often add nothing, but occasionally grant new understanding.
This quote has reminded me of the place of science and progress in the world today. Things are happening, advances are being made, prophecies of all ilks are being fulfilled and refuted, and we step into the future. The future that everyone seems to expect, whether optimistic, pessimistic, or unforeseen (not as big a self contradiction as you'd think) happens all the time. I can only speak of my small patchwork piece of perceived reality and I can only keep up with mere fraction of the new knowledge generated in my areas of expertise. It's perhaps a more Zen-like state of consciousness. You don't know that the future has arrived until you can look back on the moment with the perspective of hindsight. Then it isn't really the future, is it?
So we must prepare ourselves to receive a changing world. Not by predicting the next sequence of events with five decimal place precision, but by stretching our understanding of possibilities, probabilities, and consequences. Or we resign ourselves to be subsumed by the crashing waves of events that are not only uncontrollable, but incomprehensible. So read more science fiction to prepare yourself for the strangeness yet to come.
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. Dwight D. Eisenhower
A pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun - and neither can stop the march of events. Robert Heinlein
A pessimist confronted with two bad choices, chooses them both. Jewish Proverb
How many pessimists end up by desiring the things they fear, in order to prove that they are right? Robert Mallet
A realist is just a pessimist who thinks he's right. Me
Went to the World Fantasy Convention in um.... SARASOTA Springs, NY two weekends back. It was great and overwhelming and I'll write some more later when I'm not feeling as sick and confused. (Just gotta remember that I wasn't in Florida...)