SciFi

Goodies Versus Baddies …writ often, if not that large. …

Ever since Russia imploded there has been an upsurge in Sci Fi. Science fiction shelves are burgeoning with multicoloured fairy tales that capture the pocket money if not quite the imagination. It seems that in the absence of real bogey men they can be reinvented at will.

US science fiction seemed to me to concentrate on shoot-em -ups and had two dimensional characters that used evolution to great success before falling back to the primordial soup from which all life unfolded, by the hero getting the girl and living happily ever after.

UK versions are a somewhat darker model that are shallower geographically -or they were until Terence Pratchett broke the mold. Their tenet wasn't so much what science and engineering could accomplish, despite finding in the only known universe, some very unfriendly nemesis.

Instead they tended to the cheaper option of describing what could possibly go wrong before falling back to the primordial soup from which all life unfolded, by the hero getting the girl and living happily ever after.

The USA has GM food-crops mixed indiscriminately with real crops and Britain has so far resisted, despite a complicit government. Is the national mentality so deeply ingrained that it can be seen on bookshelves?

Thinking about it now, it's the first place that I'd look. Have I found the key to pluperfect political planning I wonder? Analyse the best seller's lists of a country's bookshops?

The future awaits us. Triffids or Star Wars.

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