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Tomorrowland (2015)

As part of my birthday celebrations1 I finally watched Tomorrowland, a Disney movie from 2015 that was such a disaster it made about 9% of what they had spent making it2.
Anyway, I watched it, and I liked it.
Maybe not liked-liked-liked it, but liked it, yes.

The story in a nutshell: a girl is given a pin that transports her for a few minutes in a utopian world. When she decides to learn more, androids that look like nerds try to kill her. She hooks up with a disillusioned scientist and together they … OK, together they try and get the world back on track, re-capturing the spirit of wonder and the craving for progress of the first half of the 20th century. Continue reading



Somewhere, I’m sure, the future is bright: big enough dreams

I stumbled on something that looks like it’s been made for me, the other day.
It’s called Sapiens Plurum:

Sapiens Plurum (Latin for “wisdom of many”) was named to reflect humankind’s evolving connected intelligence. Our mission is to inspire us — the first species that can intentionally impact its own evolution — to aspire beyond what was humanly possible. The rising generation, the Sapiens Plurum generation, will have the power of gods of ancient myth: to heal, to transform, to battle and to better the future of humankind, to overcome problems that have plagued civilization for millennia: thirst, hunger, disease, pollution, brutality, tyranny and environmental degradation.

Now it’s easy to act cynical and blasé, but I think these are worthy aspirations.
So where do I start pushing to help get this thing on the road?

It turns out they are having a contest. A literary contest, called 2017 Earth-Day Short-Fiction Contest.

Sapiens Plurum is seeking writers who can plot amazing outcomes. Our Earth Day Short Fiction Contest this year challenges authors to dream big enough dreams. Tell us of a future: In your imagination, can we evolve humanity to a better place? Or will we, like Icarus, end up too close to the Sun?

The idea is to submit a short piece, 1500 to 3000 words, a positivist, optimistic story about how the future will be better in a big way.
That I can do. Or try to.
I love optimistic SF, and 3000 words, while hard (actually harder than 4500, so sue me) can still be done in two evenings.

But as I took a walk to get my brain working, I hit a brick wall.
The bright future awaiting us… Continue reading

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Listen to the radio. Any radio. Now!

I tend to reminisce a lot here on Karavansara, these days, which is not cool, because I’m a fan of the future, and as the poet said, the past is something that never got in my way.
Who knows, maybe it’s the winter, the cold, the darkness.
But there is still room for the future, even when I reminisce.


Fact – just like Journey, I was raised on radio. Back when I was a wee lad, TV was something you turned on at 5 pm to watch Scooby Doo and then The Avengers or The Saint, or I Spy. You get the picture.
Throughout the day, doing my homeworks, reading my books or playing, there was this constant background of radio transmissions, because my mother would keep the radio on for company while doing her chores.
So I am a fan of radio, too. Continue reading