Category Archives: Fascinating Future

Essay: Harry Potter Theory: What Was Dumbledore’s Actual Plan?

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.

Science Meets Fiction

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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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Story update

I have added a new chapter to my story The Governess. Click on the link to read it!

Credit: photo by Vincent Anderson on Unsplash, edited with GIMP

Ocean thermal energy conversion for Japan?

Though this an old post by me, I think it still relevant.

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Introduction

On march 11, 2011, Japan was hit by an earth quake and a tsunami which resulted in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Consequently the public opinion in Japan turned 180 degrees against nuclear power. Even their government began to consider a nuclear free future. But Japan is so heavily dependent on nuclear power, that last summer two nuclear power plants had to be restarted in the face of massive public opposition. The question of this post is what are the alternatives for Japan? I will discuss solar power, wind power and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC). [However, both wind power and OTEC are in fact indirect forms of solar energy since both winds and the oceans are powered by the Sun.]

Wind and Solar power

These are the “classical” kinds of alternative energy sources. Both options require a lot of space, and the intensity of solar radiation…

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Is the singularity right around the corner?

This excellent post illustrates why I don’t talk about “technological singularity” in any of my SF stories.

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Schematic Timeline of Information and Replicators in the Biosphere: major evolutionary transitions in information processing. Image credit: Myworkforwiki via Wikipedia

You’ve probably heard the narrative before.  At some point, we will invent an artificial intelligence that is more intelligent than we are.  The superhuman intelligence will then have the capability to either build an improved version of itself, or engineer upgrades that improve its own intelligence.  This will set off a process where the system upgrades itself, with its greater intelligence come up with new ways to enhance itself, and then upgrade itself again, looping in a rapid runaway process, producing an intelligence explosion.

Given that we only have human level intelligence, we have no ability to predict what happens next.  Which is why Vernor Vinge coined the phrase “the technological singularity” in 1993.  The “singularity” part of the label refers to singularities that exist in math and science, points at which existing theories or frameworks break down.  Vinge predicted that this would happen “within…

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Satelliteland law reform

After gaining independence in 2147 the government of the new nation started a project to replace the Elysian legal codes with new ones. Several law reform commissions were created and were populated by supporters of the president. However, this legal reform project proved be much harder than previously estimated. Continue reading →

Just a few words

From my Wattpad profile:

From a young age I have been fascinated by science and technology. In particular I am interested in how technological “progress” will affect society and it this very interaction between humans and their creations, I like to explore in my writings. Most of my work is so-called mundane science fiction, set in the near future (i.e. the next two hundred years) and primarily within our Solar system. Continue reading →

Harry Potter and the Magical Gene

The way magic is inherited in the Harry Potter universe cannot properly explained by Mendel’s law regarding dominant and recessive genes. Also a polygenetic model of inheritance does not seem to fit the examples provided in the official HP canon. However, I believe that there is one method known to modern genetics that perfectly fits. Continue reading →

Announcement

I have decided no longer to post stories on this website. Instead I have created account on Wattpad and from now on I will publish my stories there. On this site I will continue to post my musings (“contemplation”) and the occasional reviews.

Update: country files

I have updated the country files page. Apparently numerous country files were not yet listed.

Characters: Alice Parker

Full name: Alice Caroline Parker-Smith

Country of birth: Eurasian Confederation

Year of birth: 2030

Nationality: Elysian, formerly Eusrasian

Profession: federal senator, formerly domestic worker

Partner: general Robert Parker

Most famous/notorious for: chairwoman of “the Republican Mothers against Abortion”

Main rivals: other senators and lobbyists

Main allies: female conservatives, animal welfare activists

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