Friday, September 28, 2012

Science Fact

The BBC series with the same name became a phenomenon, and rightly so. This companion book is filled with the same ingredients that made the TV series so popular - in-depth, exciting information, wonderful graphics and a lyrical, almost poetic language that is used to describe some of the most fantastic discoveries of mankind. I am finding this a useful resource as I update one of my manuscripts. I'm re-working Cubeball. I'm extending the 'world build' to other planets and moons in our solar system. 

New Farm

I caught a ferry to New Farm and enjoyed breakfast at the New Farm Deli. The cafe remains an institution in the inner Brisbane suburb. It's as good a place as any to kickstart my blog again. My last regular entries were made in England in 2011. I arrived back in Brisbane in August 2011 and had a six month writing stint in Melbourne in the first half of 2012. I have spent the last year reading a lot more science fiction, as well as editing my last manuscript. I was lucky enough to find a mentor while living there and hope to finally publish one of my manuscripts in the next year.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Currently reading Sawyer's WWW Watch. Sawyer does a great job of packing in philosophical and political issues that made me think. This book picks up right where the first book left off. Caitlin is still reeling at the realization that Webmind is real.  Some of the political issues addressed are racism, animal rights, GLBT rights, the privacy act, national security, international politics, and human rights. Some of the deeper issues touched on are the differences between artificial intelligence and emerging consciousness, autism, blindness, suicide, and the question behind how emerging consciousness can override natural selection and evolution. It's a thought provoking read but clearly written in a way that is easy to understand. The idea of consciousness modifying behaviors dictated by evolution was an underlying theme.