Friday, 22 April 2016

The Immediate Future On Earth Real

Tomorrow, we will visit the nearby City of Preston, which I have mentioned before. While my daughter shops, I might:

meditate in a city center church;
visit the Hindu Temple (see image);
read sf while eating lunch;
walk in a park by the river.

Unfortunately, the Temple is closed in the afternoon when we are likely to be there. The sf being read is still The Prince by Jerry Pournelle and SM Stirling. I continue to be less interested in all the details of the civil war while remaining very interested in the ultimate fates of the major characters. One guy had seemed to be learning the error of his ways but meanwhile remains involved in this ghastly, merely destructive, "Revolution."

Also of interest are the underlying issues and the many parallels with other American future histories including, of course, those written by Poul Anderson. It is as if we perceive a future that has width as well as length.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

The ONLY two "revolutions" which led to some beneficial results were the "Glorious" Revolution of 1688 in the UK and the American Revolution. Almost ALL the others since were gruesomely bloody failures, in which flawed regimes were replaced by far worse ones.

And even the Glorious and American Revolutions were marred by injustices, cruelties, and atrocities. Here I recalled how John Rolfe VI quoted in CONQUISTADOR from George Washington's orders that the Iroquois should be attacked in ways that would be called war crimes today. I assume Washington issued those orders because the Iroquois backed the British in the US War of Independence.