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Hashtag: #SFRTG

Posted July 21, 2015

#SFRTG

A new hashtag for this week’s post – new as in I discovered it a couple of weeks ago. The stats on hashtagify.me only go back four weeks, so at a guess, I’d say this hashtag is new ‘new.’

It’s a nice easy one for the science fiction authors to use though, and I am sure that with time, it will grow into rather a popular hashtag.

To use this hashtag, simply follow @SciFiRTG and if you use the hashtag SFRTG, they will give you a retweet (obviously if you see it in your feed and you like the tweet accompanying it, give it a wee retweet yourself and get word of the book as far reaching as you can.)


Blogging A-Z: G is for… Global Warming

Posted April 10, 2015

Global warming

Another popular theme in science fiction. I have read numerous books and watched countless films with Global Warming at the fore, be it snow, rain, ice, wind, tornados, tsunamis, or an all out end of the world as we know it… they all arise from this theme. I’ve learned about the effect of collapsing ice shelves (The day after Tomorrow), the devastating effects of solar flares (2012) as well as ‘witnessing’ a variety of environmental experiments via the films on the Syfy channel, (the acting is bad, the scripts are awful, but some of the concepts are quite good).

Global_Temperature_Anomaly.svgSo… Global warming is the ‘century-scale rise in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate system and its related effects’(Wikipedia)

Extreme Weather

Extreme weather conditions are often cited as a direct result of Global Warming, whether we have the hottest January on record or an increase in Hurricanes.

In Science Fiction, extreme weather is frequently the cause of Earth’s impending demise, with characters racing to counter the unprecedented extremes, or succumb to them.

In most of the films I’ve watched with extreme weather scenarios, the scientists are very fortunate in that they have sophisticated equipment to warn them about the incoming storm/hurricane/flood/volcanic eruption etc etc, but refuse to believe the given results – even though the equipment is doing what it was designed to do. There is of course that one character who isn’t fooled, who tries to convince the majority, but by the time they start listening to him/her, it’s usually too late.

The Barren Earth

In my mind, a future with continued Global Warning is that of a barren, drought-ridden expanse of land where little grows, livestock dies and water – or what is left of it – becomes our most valuable resource. An article on CS Globe discusses a controversial scientist’s claim that Earth could be heading towards something he refers to as Venus syndrome, ‘where global warming becomes so bad Earth can no longer sustain human life.’ (source), although his vision is the opposite of mine (rising sea levels).

greenhouse-effect-500x295The truth is, we are abusing the planet we rely on to support life. We’ve become a busy little place over the last one hundred years or so, chopping down trees, dipping into natural resources such as oil and gas, pumping chemicals into the sky… and if the Greenhouse effect is to be believed, it’s going to get hotter.

I did watch a program about this a few years back, and I can’t remember all the details, but I’m pretty sure the scientists were arguing that Earth went through a natural cycle of warm and cold spells – implying that what we’re being told isn’t all doom and gloom, but I suppose time will tell who is right and who isn’t.

Dead Earth

Another possible scenario for us (and this one is very futuristic), is that the Earth did indeed achieve the status of ‘Venus syndrome,’ is totally beyond the ability to support life, and those of us who could afford it (or were just plain lucky), have moved on to new pastures. Our technology has usually advanced to the point where we’ve created ships that are capable of travelling great distances, and usually with faster than the speed of light travel, or with the ability to jump from one point in space to another. We’ve discovered new life-supporting planets and have taken what remains of humanity aboard these great ships, although in some science fiction, the journey has already been taken and life couldn’t be better…

 


Blogging A-Z: E is for… End of Time

Posted April 7, 2015

End of Time

through-the-wormhole-does-time-existI was watching one of Morgan Freeman’s Through the Wormhole episodes the other day, and the subject of the documentary was time, or to be more specific, if ‘time’ existed. It discussed a series of concepts, including the theory of relativity, an experiment which manipulated light, slowing it down by a nano-second as it passed through a machine as well as discussing how the concept of ‘time’ was discovered.

It was all rather technical (for me), but very interesting, and it got me thinking about the end of time.

We measure our days (and nights) by the rise of the sun, by the turn of light and darkness. At some point in history, the twenty-four hour day was decided upon, and that is what we live our lives by, along with the concept of weeks, months, and what constitutes a year. These measurements have come about from the study of the sunrise, the stars in our skies and the change in our seasons.

Time is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as ‘The indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present and future regarded as a whole‘ (Oxford Dictionary).

So what happens when ‘time’ grinds to a halt?

As with other themes, I always find it interesting to hear different authors perspectives and found a few books I thought worthy of  mention, although I’ve not personally read any of these:

Stolen time:

Thief of Time (Discworld) by Terry Pratchett

Splintering Time:

Time Quake (for ages 10-14 ) by Linda Buckly-Archer

Ecological Damage:

Manifold: Time by Stephen Baxter

Fifth element

City at the end of time by Greg Bear


**Actually, I struggled to find independently published books tackling this theme. There were a lot of books in the Kindle store, but when reading synopsis’ the focus seemed to on religion, while I was looking for books fictionalising the science of the end of time.**

 

 


Sky Ghosts: All for One by Alexandra Engellmann

Posted April 1, 2015

Unseen in their black gear against the night sky, there are Sky Ghosts – gifted warriors who have been hiding among humans for centuries. They are bodyguards of the highest caliber and protectors of their cities at night, when they hunt those who choose the dark side, Sky Beasts.
Jane and Pain from the New York Ghosts Headquarters don’t think twice about beheading a Beast or two. One night, they save two young men from their enemies’ blades and find themselves in the middle of a war. As they put their lives at stake to save their wards, the main mystery remains unsolved: why would the Beasts hunt two ordinary human boys?

Spellbinding and violent, Alexandra Engellmann’s Sky Ghostsseries is exactly what Urban fantasy fans are looking for – a blend of action, humor, mystery, and a unique magic system.

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