Today, they are just irrational, or motivated by political and religious reasons, or simply because naturally murderous populations (such as adolescents and criminals) now have improved access to firearms and indoctrination from computer media, films and games. Strangely enough, as the earth’s population increases and stress points appear, with mass poverty, starvation and war exacerbated by human-produced climate change, we don’t hear discussion of overpopulation these days.

Before you scoff, recall that a few years ago there were a few rural municipalities in the US that actually required households to arm themselves in the expectation it would discourage crime. They are also victims of the criminals, but they can’t afford the latest in firepower.

forced the suspect to the sidewalk and handcuffed him. I begin writing this piece in Hamilton, Ontario on May 18, 2018. Whether this caught on or not, I don’t know, but it only takes a minor leap of the imagination to imagine providing financial aid to those families too destitute to purchase their own Family Atomics. Around the world, attacks in public places by motor vehicles, guns, and knives are hazards that increasingly we take for granted. new fire 10 miles away. Stand on Zanzibar, winner of the 1969 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel and the British Science Fiction Association award the same year, is regarded as his greatest achievement. ER October 19, 2020 4:59 am (Off-Topic), RIP, John Barrow, 1952-2020 ER October 18, 2020 12:54 pm (Space/Science), new fire 10 miles away. The latest self-defense item is an armored suit equipped with automatic weaponry. If we focus on an author’s talent for alleged “prediction,” we can overlook the extent to which in expostulating futures, these authors actually wrote about their own time, and did so with insight and creativity. I watched some of the videos of the Oct 2017 Las Vegas shootings, and suddenly, all the details of this Brunner novel popped back into mind, despite me have read the book a very long time ago. Although Canada is known as a safer society than our southern neighbour, on April 23 a young man drove a rented van up onto a busy Toronto sidewalk, killing ten people and injuring 14 more. You can have the Magic Bus---for ONE HUNDRED--English Pounds. In the real world, after all, precise causation is rarely identifiable, even if the correlations are self-evident. Brunner's vision, in "Stand on Zanzibar" is of a future (2010) that is not too far off from where we actually are. Five months into 2018, there have been 16 shootings at US schools that have resulted in injury or death. The muckers are certainly here, although it is hard to blame Brunner’s bogeymen. Not in a bad way, but wow. Muckers. In Brunner’s universe, crime and social unrest are rampant (over and above the muckers) and average citizens are arming themselves in an increasingly gun-friendly America. ER October 16, 2020 6:38 pm (Off-Topic), A meditation on the phony ballot box shuffle ER October 16, 2020 8:50 am (CurrentEvents), Huracan ER October 15, 2020 9:12 am (Space/Science), GOP committed felony setting up fake ballot drop boxes in California RL October 12, 2020 8:39 pm (CurrentEvents), Freikorps update ER October 12, 2020 8:13 am (CurrentEvents).

Li Yi Tan Brunner, John Brunner, Roberto Quaglia; Brunner made another prediction. I The Quatermass Experiment: The Shakespeare of Sci-Fi Television. April 23, 2018. one did. Brunner makes sure we know that he is building his future world firmly on a present-day foundation: one chapter of Zanzibar consists of three excerpts from the front page of the November 13, 1966 London Observer: a speculative article on the future cloning of human beings, a report on the longest space walk so far (two hours 28 minutes, a record set by Buzz Aldrin, who three years later walked on the moon with Neil Armstrong), and a report on a shooting in an Arizona beauty school in which an 18-year-old man killed five people, including a child and infant; ”the third mass murder in the United States in four months” after the killing of eight student nurses by Richard Speck in Chicago, and the rampage of the infamous clock tower sniper in Austin, Texas. Toronto police constable Ken Lam confronts the perpetrator of the Yonge Street van massacre,

But the Brunner book was brilliant, and has stayed in my mind for so many years. A meditation on the phony ballot box shuffle, GOP committed felony setting up fake ballot drop boxes in California. I use the word “predictions” hesitantly, since I feel that too often we lend a sort of second-rate legitimacy to authors who write stories of the future when we focus on such of their predictions that may have, in some way or other, “come true.” Jules Verne “predicted” the submarine, H.G. The title of this “non-novel,” as Brunner called it, refers to a quirky example of population mathematics: if every human occupied a space of one foot by two feet when standing, in the early twentieth century it was calculated that the entire earth’s population could have fit onto the Isle of Wight’s 381 square kilometres (147 sq mi). Le Carre spy-story tradecraft and H. P. Lovecraft Cthulhu-ripoffs. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. And I also recently read that awful "Southern Reach" trilogy, (which I see you are promoting) and thought it was absolute garbage - very, very clever writing, with all sorts of fine, tricky techniques to keep a reader engaged - but you end up feeling profoundly cheated - the Vandermeer book is a mish-mash of little more than clever literary trickery, which takes one no-where, and offers nothing - 600 pages of timewaste and hoo-haw, using an annoying combo of J. David Neil Lee’s last post for us was The Quatermass Experiment: The Shakespeare of Sci-Fi Television. The idea is to give the lower income classes the ability to write off, in whole or in part, the cost of purchasing these armored suits.Failure to allow this becomes synonymous with racial discrimination. In the 2010 of Stand on Zanzibar, muckers are reported as routinely as the weather: The incidence of muckers continues to maintain its high: one in Outer Brooklyn yesterday accounted for 21 victims before the fuzzie-wuzzies fused him, and another is still at large in Evanston, Ill., with a total of eleven and three injured. ), the 1968 novel is worth remembering for its author’s uncanny predictions of what 21st century culture and technology might look like.

Completely revolutionizing the stylistic conventions of SF, it is one of the most significant pieces of dystopian fiction I've ever read, and a shining example of the many ways New Wave reinvented the genre.
When Brunner began the book in 1966, American author Harry Harrison published Make Room!
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