May 17th, 2009

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Cheney on Torture

Cheney is forgetting something very important ...

Steve Weissman | Dick Cheney, Patron Saint of Torture-Free
Steve Weissman, Truthout: "'Hitler gave anti-Semitism a bad name,' as many high-born Europeans used to say, yearning for the good old days when all right-thinking people could disparage Jews in public. Former Vice President Dick Cheney is similarly giving torture an odious reputation, all in his zeal to prove himself the rightest thinking guy in America."


... it isn't the people who agree with you, your peers and the people of your time, who judge you. It's the ones who come after, who have no reason not to call a spade a spade. And if you are not already safely dead when they come to power, unexpected consequences can ensue.

Of course, since I'm perfectly happy to see this man hang himself with his own rope, he can go right on talking. He rarely opens his mouth without making matters worse for himself and his ideals.

Just keep talking, Dick. Everything you say can and will be used against you ...
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Mundane SF and Near-Future SF

Recently bearleyport expressed an interest in stories that deal with real-world issues in imaginative ways, on our planet and without introducing a lot of weird stuff. Two branches of speculative fiction that go that way are mundane science fiction and near-future science fiction. I've dug up some resources for anyone else who might be interested. If you have others, including stuff you've written, please reply with links or other references.

Books
Sol's Children
Adventures in Sol System
Overshoot

Movies
Rain Without Thunder
V for Vendetta
Gattaca

More about mundane SF may be found at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mundane_science_fiction
http://mundane-sf.blogspot.com/
http://www.mikebrotherton.com/?p=297
http://www.wired.com/sterling/2007/09/mundane-science.html

More about near-future SF may be found at:
http://futurismic.com/2008/09/11/why-near-future-science-fiction-is-difficult/
http://www.librarything.com/topic/45982
http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2008/11/the_missing_nea.php
http://www.amazon.com/Future-Americas-Daw-Science-Fiction/dp/0756405084</span>

Also I stumbled across this page of reading challenges:
http://poodlerat.bellonae.com/tag/book-lists/