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.
Sunday, December 13, 2020
L. Ron Hubbard wrote and talked extensively about thousands of previous lifetimes as if they actually happened, and as if we all experienced them.
He didn't explain the basis of his metaphysical philosophy. The closest he came was the concept of a "static".
This leads to a rather strange notion.
Bear with me here: whatever happens after we die, might also happen while we are still alive (assuming that anything can happen after we die).
This mysterious phenomena, the continuation of our thoughts and perceptions under radically changed circumstances, is far less likely to happen while we're still alive - but it shouldn't be impossible.
While alive, our mind patterns are anthropically anchored in a much larger universe or multiverse, of which they form a tiny part.
That means things can't suddenly get extremely weird. Or at least it's vanishingly unlikely for such weirdness to appear.
But once we die, that protection disappears.
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