Or the longer title: Read my short free Amazon ebooks called “A Left Argument for Space” and “The Drear and Very Depressing Jackson Todd Continuum”, please. But that was a little long.
I’ve started to republish some of my older fiction and nonfiction pieces on Amazon. I hear that’s the way to riches and fame so why not give it a try.
A long time ago I made an argument in two places, one left and one right, for a Left Argument for Space. Here’s the cover featuring a creative commons picture from Peasap, who is a decent professional or gifted amateur photographer. I can’t tell.
Here’s the first couple of graphs:
“And yet some of us here can accept transforming the entire physical reality of this planet, without doing a single thing to change our selves, or the way we live. To be twenty first century scientists on Mars, in fact, but at the same time living within 19th century social systems, based on seventeenth-century ideologies. It’s absurd. It’s crazy. It’s —it’s..” he seized his head in his hands, tugged at his hair, roared “It’s unscientific! And so I say that among all the many things we transform on Mars, ourselves and our social reality should be among them. We must terraform not only Mars, but ourselves.”
–Excerpted from Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars
There’s a stunning scene in “Oceanic”—one of just many mind-blowing stories by the sensational Greg Egan—where it’s clear that the man’s sexual organ (euphemistically referred to as the “bridge” in this world) can sort of be traded between partners. This trick is done with the understanding of what a future combination of biotech and nanotech could actually accomplish and gives a new meaning to that King Missile song “Detachable Penis”. Female biotechs create the futuristic and sexually blurred world ofCoventry and they do a number of other interesting things such as setting themselves up as gods and using nanotech to create “miracles”–it would not be unlike a holographic interactive Jesus appearing whenever you spoke His name. I came to the conclusion that whileCoventry made for a sober examination of future tech and the nature of religious belief, it was not a place I’d ever want to visit. Ever.
But as a liberal tolerant person, I think the biotech feminist creators ofCoventryhad the right to create the world of their dreams. I actually think that’s the main reason for space exploration: You explore space not just because it’s there (which is a decent reason mind you), you explore space because you want to create better, smarter societies. I am, therefore, always surprised to find that there are leftists who oppose space exploration. I’ve debated them off and on and read their arguments a number of times.
The link is here, which I forgot earlier. I’m learning about this promotion thing.
The other free ebook is called “The Drear and Very Depressing Jackson Todd” or as its billed: “Read the sad tale when a black conservative republican gets exactly the future he worked for.” And here’s that cover:
That link is here.
It’s a science fiction story. Not my best work but readable and oddly accurate. It was written in the early double OOs. They’ll be free for another three hours and only cost 99 cents afterwards. So enjoy. Hey its free so…