On this blog I will post stories I have written, most of this stories are mundane science fiction, a sub-genre of science fiction. Mundane science fiction are stories set in the near future and either on Earth or in our Solar System, further this type of science fiction is based on the current state of scientific knowledge. Although I might deviate a little bit of the rules of mundane science fiction, you will not find “sword and planet”, “faster than light” or similar stories.
Space colonization is a central theme of most of the stories I will place on this site, in particular I will deal with the political and social issues related to space colonization. Further I will explore in my stories different types of societies and new ways of life. All kind of emerging technologies will be discussed in the stories, but mostly within the context of their consequences for society. As general rule I will not use hyper-links in the stories in this blog. If necessary I place at the end of a story a short list of hyper-links about the key concepts of that story.
Since I realize that due to the length of the stories, scrolling this page for stories will be cumbersome, I have created an overview page with a link together with a short summary for each story posted on this blog.
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As stated previously the main dividing line in Elynesian politics is the distinction between internalists and externalists, a divide that results of the debate between the proponents of import substition industrialization and those of export-oriented industrialization during the formative years of the Republic of Elynesia. Continue reading →
I have to admit I am rather skeptical about the prospects of AI, in particular of strong AI. Though I believe that AI will continue to improve, I don’t expect any computer even coming close to the capabilities of the human brain within the next few centuries. Automation and machine learning will become increasingly important but robots that can replace humans on a one-to-one base, I consider that to be unlikely. Continue reading →
Vincent Callebaut designed what he calls Lilypads or a floating ecopolis to house climate refugees. As the name suggests this seasteading design is based on ecological principles and Callebaut is one of the few seasteading advocates without an obvious link to libertarianism.
According to Callebaut the Lilypad could be home to 50,000 people and will produce more energy than it consumes. As I have discussed before, this maritime excess energy could be used to produce synthetic fules, which could be exported.
It is clear beyond any doubt that the UK is currently suffering a severe constitutional crisis. Today a Scottish court has ruled that the current suspension of the UK parliament is unlawful.
In short the highest court of Scotland, the Inner House of the Court of Session, beliefs that the Johnson administration is prorogued parliament for the wrong reason, i.e. to prevent it from scrutinizing its actions.
This is an unique and highly unusual move as prorogation is a normal part of the British political system but such a suspension usually only lasts for a couple of days not for five whole weeks as now.
Additionally the new law prohibiting a no-deal Brexit passed against Johnson’s wishes, might eventually lead him being thrown in jail – if he would violate it.
Assuming that the UK survives Brexit, it almost certainly that the law on prorogation will be reformed – in a similar fashion as the Fixed-Term Parliament Act – by providing strict rules and limitation on when and for how long Parliament could be prorogued.
Though I will readily admit that I am pretty vague about the constitutional framework of the Republic of Elynesia in my stories – with only a few references to the country’s Senate and the fact that Elynesia is a federal republic – it does not mean that politics does not matter. Actually my fiction set in this universe is deeply political, despite I am not talking much about their institutions. Continue reading →
This video is about a London underground farm. With increasing urbanization and a growing world population agricultural land is becoming scarce.
However, by using LED technology it is possible to grow plants beneath the surface (or in buildings). The nice thing of LED is that they can produce light at the frequencies that plants actually need and hence avoiding waste energy on other frequencies.
Interesting and excellent analysis here by Alex R. Howe. When I first read Deadly Hallows, I felt it a bit anti-climatic. Also I believed (and still) that Rowling rushed to finish to series and making a range of mistakes doing so. Nevertheless I still enjoy all the Harry Potter books very much.
The Harry Potter series is one of the most beloved stories of this generation, but it’s not without its flaws. J. K. Rowling is a very good storyteller, but not a very good world-builder, and the closer you look at her stories, the more plot holes you see, and the end of Deathly Hallows has always been especially difficult for me to understand. For one, it’s not entirely clear what actually happened—why, exactly, Harry survived and how he later won—but there’s a deeper problem. I have a hard time understanding what Albus Dumbledore was thinking, because Harry’s victory, which Dumbledore ostensibly prepared him for, seemed to leave far, far too much to chance to ever work.
Dumbledore gets a lot of criticism for his actions over the course of the series. Many fans even go so far as to suggest (as Snape did) that he was acting maliciously in…
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The Guardian has an interesting article on a project, Sun Cable, to export Australian solar power to Singapore. Currently Australia is one of the largest exporters of coal, also exports a great deal of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and is a major supplier of uranium – though the country itself has no nuclear power plants. Continue reading →