Mini Mag: Sci Fi

01Dec

Mini Mag 137

Polly Ticks says … A Canadian is to be the new Governor of the Bank of England. I can think of no other country that would shun its own nationals for a major post like this.
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Guru Tony says … When the Church of England recently voted against women bishops nearly half of the ‘no’ votes came from women. This is not a gender thing, but Scriptural.
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Prof Isaac Galistein says … Britain has seen massive flooding in the last week. This is what happens when too many flood plains are built on and flood defences force the water to fewer outlets.
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FUTURE ZONE

PLANET YEARN: When StarDrive was invented
they yearned to reach the planet 20 light
years away. It offered so many resources;
and even though communication was near
impossible, they went in their millions.
Indeed, as soon as enough had left, the
species that had enslaved them went on to
colonise where they had come from.
Yearning made Capitalist planets so easy
to conquer.
***
Creativity
When ideas flow we ride
A storm of brain waves
***
REPROACH: After scanning Earth the
alien declined first contact. Intelligent?
What was thought to be doll-like androids
turned out to be celebrities.
***
I want it, need it
I have to have it now, but …
Forgot what ‘it’ is
***
THE EYE: The metronome beat out the
riff of time whilst the all-seeing eye
watched, lest we fall out of the riff.
The system was not perfect, for when it
blinked, so many fell, attempting to
catch up for eternity. We see them
briefly, translucently. And yes, they
may as well be dead.

BARD STUFF
by Anthony North
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19Oct

Mini Mag 131

Guru Tony says … Fear of global unrest as weather and prices cause low grain stocks? No, there should be enough. The problem is distribution due to ‘me’ economies.
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Major de Ranger says … UK scandal as it’s known that 3,500 military personnel go to jobs in arms companies. With their training, where else would they go? They always have.
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Polly Ticks says … Agreement made for Scotland to have vote on independence by 2014. Not sure it’s a good move, but if they go, I’ll wish an old friend well.
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FUTURE ZONE

KIND: He was always kind to his own kind;
kill any other kind who threatened them.
Nature acted in kind. His gene pool became
so depleted, soon there were none of his
kind left at all. Which was poetic, in a
kind of way.
***
Conscious – not alone
I, you, we, us, them – one – all
We are universe
***
FORGET: Round & round the universe, thru
time I go and forget. Round & round the
mistakes go, repeating, never learning.
Round & round goes life.
***
The pressure was great
Crushed by forces – no light shines
Black Hole of his life
***
MULTI-GOD: The Great Architect of the
Universe had many faces. With his all-seeing
eye he saw man’s habits and rituals and
always blew his top. He had many faces, but
they were usually angry.

INMATE, EARTH
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09Sep

Mini Mag 125

Polly Ticks says … Cabinet reshuffle moves UK govt well to the right to satisfy angry Tory backbenchers. Any semblance of mandate with the people has died.
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Guru Tony says … Sun Myung Moon – founder of the Unification Church – has died. Over the coming years we’ll find out whether it was a religion or a whim.
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FUTURE ZONE

ECHO: As he entered the time anomaly
he heard the echo of his future death.
Pausing, the echo of past courage
urged him on. A strange suicide.
***
Function: to serve man
Androids sit to have dinner
It’s time to serve man
***
TRANSITION: They knew the Intelligence
Transition program failed when the 4th
instructor couldn’t get the lion to
drive & made a transition to cat food.
***
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21Jul

Mini Mag 118

Guru Tony says … The London Olympics is close, but in typical British fashion, problems mount. As armies of pick-pockets descend from Eastern Europe, the security company contracted to guard has fallen short by 1,000s of personnel (Army called out again to cover). Hopefully the baddies won’t get in, as border control personnel are planning a strike. Isn’t it good how the Olympics fosters good will.
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Polly Ticks says … Tory rebels recently derailed plan to make House of Lords elected. Good. With the most successful professionals appointed there it is the best think tank the UK has. And with neutral cross-benchers aplenty, party politics is often derailed. So many times this undemocratic chamber has represented the views of the electorate more closely than the elected House, and forced the MPs to rethink.
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FUTURE ZONE

I’ve now found my niche
I had time to travel far
19th Century
***
JUNCTURE: At this juncture the alien
invasion has failed. Earth’s defences
held out. As the snow aliens moved
down from the Pole, they melted.
***
Middle of Cosmos
All the stars come out for him
Ultimate Ego
***
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03Jun

Mini Mag 111

Polly Ticks says … There is a surge in Royalism just in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but bad news for Prince Charles, with most wanting succession to jump to Prince William. I guess it’s due to their longevity. He’ll be about 80 before Her Maj stands down. Is it a case that in future every other generation will succeed?
But some still say why bother with them? Well, vital to the process is the monarch provides stability without politics, and ties the future to the past. Further, no soldier, policeman or judge has constitutional loyalty to any government, but to the crown. The monarch is a continuing statement that governmental power in the UK is borrowed, and not owned.
Yes, the monarch may be undemocratic, but paradoxically the greatest defence of democracy we have.

FUTURE ZONE

Probability
Quantum world cannot be known
Fickle universe
***
CONQUER: 3 men in a boat. Search was
on for the downed UFO, its pilot.
Perception filters had to be conquered
– for the 2 searchers in the boat.
***
Universal net
Laptop gateway to wholeness
Cyber and real merge
***
A shorter Mag this week. Busy weekend
in the UK. Should be back to normal next
week. And lots of planning to do for the
Platinum Jubilee 🙂

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29Apr

Mini Mag 106

Polly Ticks says … The UK is officially now in a double-dip recession. The govt denies responsibility. Yet, about 80% of a country’s trade is with itself, so if you squeeze the people too much and too fast, you score a home goal … My Economics page

Pappa Razzi says … Murdoch was back at the inquiry into media standards last week. There was a great joke underlying it: that he does not affect govt policy. He made many gaffs, though. Why? Simple. He wasn’t really listening. I think that’s called contempt.
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FUTURE ZONE

THWART: Was Cyberspace a timeless parallel
world? When the film maker deleted his CGI
dinosaurs there were 2 left to thwart. A
new reality bit him.
***
What is the cosmos?
Elusive particles tease
It is what we think

ESSAY: PROPULSION – Why aren’t we amongst the planets? Why is space exploration going nowhere? Why aren’t we approaching the stars? The technology is on the drawing board – it has been there for decades – but ignored. I guess it’s all to do with propulsion – not the tech stuff, but the lack of impetus in the mind of man.
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Blogger Bard says:
Nature’s spring at work
Flowers pop up just in time
Watch spring like sun dial
***
No future Spring here
They made planet fry, then freeze
It used to be Earth

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01Apr

Mini Mag 102

Pappa Razzi says … Panel decides last year’s UK riots caused by lack of stake in society among young. Amazing how a capitalist system aimed at young fails them. Or is it only about profit?
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Polly Ticks says … So, sacked Tory fundraiser offered dinners with Prime Minister for a quarter million. The ‘old school tie’ has gone, replaced by even more insidious influences.
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Guru Tony says … New planning reforms will make it easier to get permission for big development projects. And no doubt make it harder for smaller ones. Remember, Big is always Bad!
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FUTURE ZONE

THE ASTRONAUT: They looked in shock as
the astronaut came out of the capsule
after landing wearing goggles and
snorkel. When he took off he
was a monkey.
***
Inbox to cosmos
New master of universe
e-Man – fast as light

ESSAY: LONGEVITY – Living longer – the dream of many. But what if it became a reality for most? A life would increase in value. In the short term, this is confirmed in human rights, etc, but what if it continued? Our value would increase to the point where we are too precious to take risks. Then we’d stagnate.
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Blogger Bard says:
Do you need new style?
Have choice of mind like robots
Download 10 credits
***
INBOX: Some e-mails. There was a Starship
in my Inbox. I replied to the Captain. He
said he was lost; asked what kind of
monster I was. He powered up his blasters.
Communication carried on. Space and
Cyberspace had merged in a wormhole, it
seemed, mixing fact and fiction and …
there’s a Starship in my Inbox. Blasting.
Invading. Hey!!! You’ve got an e-mail.
***
Ahead of himself
The time traveller was eager
Never got back home
***
He’d killed the stranger
Yet knights shouldn’t have ray guns
Time traveller for-gave
***

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04Mar

Mini Mag 98

Polly Ticks says … Piecing snippets of news together to discover a wider picture is the role of the commentator. It can disclose hidden agendas. So what are we to make of the suggestion of beating Somali pirates on land, coupled with the UK leading dash for oil in Somalia? Watch that space.
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Pappa Razzi says … It was obvious Murdoch would resurrect a Sunday paper to replace disgraced News of the World, and he has. But as media inquiry is told of ‘culture of illegal payments’ to officials, his son, James, is forced to resign. Live by scandal, die by scandal.
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FUTURE ZONE

SATURATE: Sci Fi geeks can be obsessive.
There are two, sat, greying, old,
saturating themselves with DVD boxsets.
They were only 18 when they began.
***
Underground they live
Air choked, land scorched – disagreed
Remnants of our Ego

ESSAY: HI-TECH – Hi-tech often seems to come from realms of science fiction. But a question: does tech need to be so advanced, or in some areas would we be better off with lower tech? Technology used to be devised to fill a need for it in society. Now tech has need for society. The balance has turned.
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Blogger Bard says:
Not all nature good
Human nature hurts nature
Soon nature hurts us
***
FROM UNDER: It comes from underground.
Intelligently slicing through earth,
reaching sun, branching out. Nukes had
caused mutation, nature thriving. And
the trees entwined man.
***
A Nightmare:
Accelerate growth
Efficiency means no waste
And what use, childhood?

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05Feb

Mini Mag 94

Guru Tony says … Global powers-that-be still think economy can be sorted by grand initiatives. They don’t get it. Rigid central control never works. It’s the local that counts.
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Polly Ticks says … A sneering French President belittles British industry. He’s right! Thatcherism opted for services instead, providing for a Globalised world. Madness.
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Major de Ranger says … Argentina continues posturing over Falklands. UK sends its latest warship – oh, and Prince William. Unpredictable times in the South Atlantic.
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FUTURE ZONE

SPECULATE: He sat by his desk
surrounded by files, books, charts. He
had to speculate on futures; make his
fortune. Ah, the wannabe Sci Fi writer.

Spacemen unhappy
This planet brings sour grapes
Alien food bad

ESSAY: DYSTOPIA – Dystopia – the idea of a controlled State – is a major Sci Fi theme, echoing fears of the future. But is it still Sci Fi? Computers have many advantages, but also flaws. They create rigidity in administrations and society becomes machine-like in response. Deviation and choice lessen and control grows. We may be already there.

Blogger Bard says:
Spaceman manoeuvres
Down the tube he guides, strains – hopes
Relief!!! – and no flush
****
TO STONE: Everyone thought it a
sculpture – two stone hands coming out
of the ground, holding a gem. Only the
Time Team knew the truth; for as the
Gorgon had broken out of its
underground prison, they had thrown
the gem. Caught, she stared into
a thousand reflections.
****
Nearly there, he knew
Urge for Planet Desire
There’s no place like home

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08Jan

Mini Mag 90

Prof Isaac Galistein says … Report says UK could only stand a week of disruption after major disaster before society collapses. ‘Just-in-time’ business & globalisation blamed. Such a fragile world we’ve created for ourselves.
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Guru Tony says … Social care leading to abuse of elderly. Discrimination by health workers leading to deaths of those with learning difficulties. Depression soaring. Caring seems to require affluence in Britain today.
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Major de Ranger says … Iraq becoming a bomber’s paradise again. Inevitable. I always said once western troops were out, Iraq would begin road to fragmentation. It never was a proper country, but a British creation.
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FUTURE ZONE

DRIFT: The chefs left the kitchen. The
alien’s wrecked spaceship had drifted
to Earth so he had to be fed. But chefs
were disappearing one by one.


Techie Without A Clue says:
New laptop – programs
Life was so easy before
It’s invincible

ZOO: No one knew who began it, but taking species from different epochs and creating a time zoo was novel. No one knew who captured the dinosaurs, or humans, or androids, or interplanetary species. No one knew whether it existed in the past, present or future. Indeed, no one knew whether they were visitors or exhibits.


Blogger Bard says:
Brilliance of mind
Navigating the One through
Brilliance of stars

***
ACTING: He never sang in West World, the
King and I are gone, replaced in this
future world by soulless Tick Tock Men who
rule, who terrify. But at least, the actors
are rubbish and the old icons live on.
***
New gem found in space
Sparkles, thrives, lights up the dark
Aliens like Earth

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