Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Future Science that is Available Today

Recently, in a national newspaper, I commented on aspects of future science that are, in my humble view, being suppressed from use today.
     To take one in particular that I find most annoying. It concerns vehicles. My car is a Ford B-Max which is fitted with a 1 liter engine that can accelerate at greater speed than my previous Ford Focus. I was recently offered the chance to adapt its front and back sensors to make it self-parking; I chose to wait, after trying to park my previous vehicle in a badly lit underground space next to a large van and severely scratching the side against a concrete pillar, which sensors would not have detected. In spite of my reservations, self-parking and driverless cars are emerging on the market, and I look forward to the time when I can use one.
     But are you aware that vehicles have already been invented that are powered by electro-magnetism and cost nothing to run? I kid you not. In fact they can also fly. Wouldn’t it be a dream to either rent or buy such a vehicle? Imagine not having to go to airports, be stuffed in the contagion-spreading flying cattle trucks, and fly from your door to your destination without all the associated hassle currently involved with mass transit. Door to door, yum yum. No trains either, because you wouldn’t need them. What a dream, but it needn’t be, today, now.
      I can imagine you scoffing at my assertion, but it is indeed available technology that is being suppressed by the parties who would lose out, mainly the providers of fossil fuels.  I shall now try and dent your skepticism.
John Searl is even older than I am! He’s not a fraud, and is from a humble background, but is seems that you North Americans have seen fit to bring him from the U.K. and give him a corporate identity. As I understand it, he once began powering his home for free, until the electricity company found out what he was up to and forbade him from continuing. Imagine, not having the countryside littered with pylons, nor needing power stations.
     The last but one time I looked, he was being showered with accolades by some official association of American engineers, but that site has since been closed down. You can guess why, if you’ve got an open mind, but don’t worry if you haven’t. We’ve been conditioned in some way to treat all such events with oodles of strong doubt or indifference, and pretend things like this haven’t happened – yet, which is why new technology is introduced at a snail’s pace.
     Free power? No such thing? Cobblers! On the contrary, Tesla had it going at the turn of the 20th century, well before he died. He was closed down be a certain merchant banker by the name of JPMorgan, no less, in the best interests of his investors. Read the books about Nikola Tesla if you are still scoffing.
     Oh, by the way, have you read about NASA’s advanced, successful tests with the ‘EmDrive’’? It’s a self-generating propulsion system that is umpteen times faster than using rocket fuel and provides free power. Don’t hold back if you want to scoff…sorry; I’ve already said that!
NASA is the organization that stated ‘There’s no atmosphere on the Moon’, which is why it’s an optical illusion when the flag planted on its surface flutters. Oh dear, they got it wrong.
Yes folks, we’re stuffed in primitive times having to endure all manner of things until the powers-that-be can get round to serious population reduction. As Mark Carney, the Canadian Governor of the Bank of England, stated recently: thousands of jobs are going to go when we are replaced by robots using artificial intelligence.

How are we going to cope with all these eventualities? Read my book called THE INLOOKER and see my humorous but incisive take on future science, and how we should end up running our respective countries before the politicians decide our fates for us. Painfully.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Reviewers are a mixed bag.

Book Reviewers can be a confungled mix. By that, I mean you end up asking yourself, “What the hell is going on?”
     You finish your latest book, after endless revisions to make it nigh-on word perfect, well-rounded and highly appealing, and release it in various formats. The objective is to achieve ‘marketing success,’ and you are determined to learn from your mistakes and omissions.
     Recently, I enrolled on a marketing course, which began with stressing the importance of having an email list of contacts. I soon realized I was doing everything that was stressed as being important. However, my results were less than sparkling. One reviewer on my list merely commented, “He makes me laugh.” Another read the only first few chapters, like a literary agent would, and criticized another reviewer for praiseworthy comments he had made. Clearly, some sort of vendetta was going on and I was in the middle of it. In fact, the critical reviewer was in the habit of changing her name, as I subsequently found out when I made direct contact with her, and had used the same words in her review of my book as had been levelled at one of her books, so I believe she has issues in her personal life.
     A third noteworthy reviewer made a point of criticizing my lack of definition of the characters featured in one book, where I had gone to great lengths to describe them physically and concentrated on their quirky interactions that led them to deeper relationships. I would have loved to contact this reviewer and challenge him to explain what he meant, but to no avail. Like the majority of reviewers on Amazon, he remains anonymous.
     Another criticized me for detracting from the storyline by including what he described as ‘vignettes’.  These were in fact chapters devoted to describing how the recipients of certain charitable activities felt about being provided with free, eco-housing. A closer study revealed he is a retired pathologist, and was the last person I would choose to review my humor-based books.
     Then, I discovered that the founder of the book review company I use to farm out reviews of my books was reading them and filching my storylines – or so I have good reason to believe. I now have a distrust of giveaways for a similar reason: too many people are out there ready to swoop and poach your ideas, selectively.
     I wait with interest to see what the writers of the TV series, Doctor Who, get up to in the future.
     If I had my way, no reviewer would be allowed to post entries on Amazon or other outlets anonymously, and be banned if they refused to reply to authors, using their posted email addresses. Too many authors are afraid of a making a robust response and regard silence as a badge of honor, whereas I think unwarranted detractors should be challenged. It worked for me on Trip Advisor, where I was a top reviewer for a long time without abusing the privilege.

Amazon reviewers get away with blue murder.