Thursday, February 18, 2021
Superpowers are relative:
If an ordinary individual was transported from our universe to the Marvel or DC Universe, they might have a superpower upon arrival there.
Without being changed in any way, they would have the superpower of genre transcendence. They would be more likely to be free of the infuriating conformity and stupidity of these fictional cinematic and comic book universes.
There is no good reason for pain:
Pain is random, absurd, and unnecessary. That doesn't prevent there being an infinite amount of it. I call this pessimistic view of reality the Tortureverse.
Some say that pain is a powerful evolutionary tool, that is said to "serve a purpose" by "protecting" an organism from placing itself in dangerous situations.
This view is also false.
In an infinite and endless universe, it would be perfectly possible to achieve the same results without pain. There would only be gradients of more or less pleasure. This would work slower than gradients of pain and pleasure, but that doesn't matter in an infinite universe.
Pain is a purely parasitical process, an existentially useless curse.
Evolution selects against evolution:
Maintaining existing genes must be as important as evolving new genes.
This prevents better systems from evolving as fast as they should. Anthropically speaking, that may be why we are at the very bottom of an infinitely complex omniverse.
Waiting for the first true sign of progress:
That would be a way for almost anyone to make money, except for people who should be locked up anyway. Right now we're heading in the opposite direction.
Imagine software that actually helps you, instead of helping you make things more complicated.
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Thursday, January 21, 2021
I prefer very short SF, the shorter the better.
It makes it easier to show the infinite strangeness beyond the thin veneer of reality.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Saturday, December 26, 2020
While this is set on a completely different starship, it includes many ideas I came up with years ago to "explain" all the mysteries of "Rendezvous With Rama" before the non-canonical sequel novels were published.
Friday, December 25, 2020
This blog is about attempts to bring science fiction to life in actual reality.
One of the best examples I know of is the Flag Land Base.
There are others, like the reality distortion that occurs inside any sufficiently totalitarian society (those you can't visit quite as easily as Clearwater, FL.).
My personal definition of science fiction is a type of story that is presented like something that could really happen - but the story creator does not believe it will really happen. They understand it's fictional exaggeration.
That means the author accepts a degree of unreality in the story, which may be taken from other genres (farce-like, horror, comedy).
That is also why Michael Crichton was not a science fiction writer.
He always presented his well-written but unlikely stories as if they could really happen. That was part of the secret of his success. And of the Flag land Base.
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