Sandsynlighedskrydstogt (2019) – science fiction-noveller på dansk

2019 udkom endnu en enorm antologi med danske science fiction-noveller fra Science Fiction Cirklen.

Siden 2008 er hver år udkommet en samling af dansk kvalitets-science fiction i novelleform.

Den samlede undertitel er “Under overfladen”, måske som en reference til den lille synlighed science fiction lider med i dansk kultur, måske som et billede af, hvad der knap kan ses i dette enorme univers, som alene vores egen verden er.

Årets samling hedder Sandsynlighedskrydstogt – Lige under overfladen 14
(433 sider, SFC, 2019) 433 kr hér – jeg antager at prisen justeres, når salget til bibliotekerne er overstået.

Redaktør er som altid Carl-Eddy Skovgaard, og Manfred Christiansen har atter lavet et storslået cover.

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At brænde broerne: Link tax, Linkskat, Linkbetaling, Linkafgift

Alle verdens nationer forstår billedet af den brændende bro.

I EU lægges op til at stemme om indførelse af en link-afgift til rettighedshaverne. Dette vil få uoprettelige konsekvenser for den personlige frihed, for kreativ tænkning, personlig, erhvervsmæssig og national fremdrift, og ikke mindst for den nuværende (om end kaotiske) oplæring af alle internetmenneskers evner til at begå sig blandt andre digitalt og følgelig også i den fysiske virkelighed.

ACT.openmedia.com opfordrer til, at man fortæller sine nationale repræsentanter i EU, at man ikke er interesseret. Ikke mindst fordi EU-kommissionen komplet har ignoreret al modstand fra berørte og interesserede borgere og fra professionelle af enhver slags. For ikke at tale om, at Link Tax går imod the European Charter of Fundamental rights, som beskytter alle EU-borgeres rettigheder. Continue reading “At brænde broerne: Link tax, Linkskat, Linkbetaling, Linkafgift”

UBI, Grundindkomst for alle borgere i EU

At straffe arbejdsløse for, at der bliver færre jobs, er umenneskeligt.

cropped-logo-eci-ubi-eifbiGrundindkomst uden krav om modydelse, kaldet UBI.
[eng: Unconditional Basic Income].

Et faldende antal mennesker håndterer en større og større del af al produktion i verden. Herved bliver flere og flere arbejdsløse uden synderlig mulighed for at finde eller bevare en selvstændig identitet på den måde, som flertallet i den vestlige verden finder og bevarer sin identitet på:

Lønarbejdet som livsformål. Anerkendelsen fra jævnbyrdige – som navigation i Verden og bekræftelse af egenværdi over for fællesskabet. Continue reading “UBI, Grundindkomst for alle borgere i EU”

Quotes of importance to History, the dear.

IF you, like me, are without a History, you must make one up, in order to have a Future.

— Kenneth Krabat

IF you don’t care about a Future, don’t care about your History.

 — Kenneth Krabat

IF your Present is really your Present, and not an intermediate state of loss and gain, you have no need of advice.

 — Kenneth Krabat

Robotropolis (2011)

“Science Fiction is just a fact of everyday life.”

 

Det her tænkes at være en teknologi-showcase, et visitkort for nogen, der ville fremvise/blære sig med særlige visuelle eller designmæssige evner. For der er ikke investeret megen kreativ energi i udviklingen af karaktererne eller den overordnede troværdighed i hele præmissen; det er på alle måder robotterne, der løber med historien:

GNN, et nyhedsselskab, har fået eneretten til at rapportere fra offentliggørelsen af et storstilet eksperiment med ‘utility’-robotter gående frit omkring blandt lokalbefolkningen på en stor ø ud for Kinas sydkyst.

Alt går galt. En misundelig co-opfinder har ændret i robotternes kode for at diskreditere projektets bagmand og offentlige ansigt, men hvad der skulle have været nogle mindre uheld på live-TV bliver i stedet et blodbad, da alle løsgående robotter ved den mindste provokation eller registrering af lydighedsnægtelse ‘kontrollerer’ (=dræber) ethvert menneske på den mest bestialske måde. Ikke fordi robotterne er selvbevidste – (som én siger undervejs “well, I hope not” …) – eller designede som krigsrobotter,  men fordi de forskellige robottyper har monteret forskelligt værktøj på deres arme og blot bruger dét til at effektuere deres autoritet.

Mens kameraholdets kamp for overlevelse ender i vandkanten med udsigt til brændende oliebeholdere i industrihavnen ovre på fastlandet, kæmper den altruistiske (og åbenbart meget filosofisk ubegavede) pengebagmand, der blot ønsker at robotterne skal være “companions, not servants”, til det sidste for at finde en måde at få en omprogrammering sendt af sted med satellit til de mange robotter.

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OF BEES AND MEN – a new beginning

the hunger of none

It was said that bees were vanishing without a trace. That in a world without bees humans would die and go hungry. That was mostly true. As it turned out only half a billion people died, the majority due to individual panic and national outbreaks of egotism. What no one spoke of was the diminished variety of plant life as a result of lack of pollination. And before science could come up with global solutions, un-pollinated plant life outside of manual and mechanical pollination efforts could feed no insects craving sugars of flowers, and no insects could feed no birds, and no birds no bigger birds and no bird droppings and bird carcasses and eggs feeding no insects and worms and carnivores on the ground, feeding no larger carnivores and other herbivores living off of the ground, and slowly, but securely every bit of land outside of manageable crop areas became devoid of animal life, which either struggled unfairly with humans for a brief while, or just gave up and died out. Nobody thought so much could predictably become lost. But no one, possibly due to all predictions being borne out of statistics, absolutely no one predicted the loss of nature’s beauty. Within ten years children were being borne, who never sang a ladybird up to negotiate for sunny weather; there were no longer any ladybirds. And these children as well as everyone else knew only of birds in cages. And foxes in stories and cougars and beavers and badgers and deer stuffed and in zoos here and there, their population diminishing as there were no new ones in open nature to replace those injured or dying of old age, or those born dead or malformed.

People learned. Fast – but too late in the general sense of the word. In a scant few years Nature lost the majority of the spectrum of colors. And where before birds and insects would break the monotony of a walk, now all forests of the world were quiet. Not a sound besides the wind. And even that could not dispel the planet’s largest and most ominous ghost that true nature had become. Soon normal people dared not enter the woods, even during the day. Artificial housing, of which there were many at first, circling crops without need of pollination, became the sanctuary’s and the remains of humanity. And slowly the forests and the plains and the mountains were forgotten and became as they were thought of: Wastelands, where only imaginary beasts and fears hunted, and to catch those sensitive enough for such speculation.

This was the new time of creation. In the minds of men and transported into the empty lands by those craving sensations and fear and the rush of a challenge, and the rest of the satiated had no marks to leave. In the wilderness new life in new forms and shapes came into the world that were partly human, part… other things; mostly of darkness.

This story intends to deal mostly with those of light, against heavy odds it will seek them out and measure their value.

Wasn’t that, what beauty was for? Comparison?

Before, there was an Internet; now it’s a “legitimate library”!

The book industry CAN win over the whole globe.

 

The English speaking Book industry centered in USA – “a coalition of the world’s largest book publishers including Cambridge University Press, Harper Collins, Elsevier and John Wiley & Sons” – has managed to shut down possibly the largest private book repository in the world with public access, containing among its 400.000 downloadable books enough copyright violation works to have a court judge warrent an order of closure.

The Publishers cheered. “It is a victory”, said  Stephen M. Smith, President and CEO of John Wiley & Sons. “This action reflects our commitment to protecting secure, safe, and legitimate use of the Internet”.

Legitimate use of the Internet! Are they crazy? Or plain stupid!?

Their BS-spin is cooking up pretense agendas – as if the internet was a road and it had been taken over by robbers stifling progress for all and the way forward was to rid the road of robbers.

It’s quite the reverse, actually! The Publishers acting on behalf of everyone become the robbers, wanting to hold back natural evolution, and the road connects everyone with everyone.

The Internet is the World, brothers and sisters. The Internet is the world speaking to itself, and the powers that be are doing their damndest to stop the World from developing.

The world is not just using the Internet,

the World is being shaped by the ability of people to communicate instantaneously, and it is happening fast.

Yes, you are afraid, and naturally so:

Everything is verging towards a massive change – what doom sayers need call “a collapse of the old ways”. The natural response of government and real power is to try and stall the progress, to give businesses time to adjust – have the economic structure invent itself to retain a high motivational factor in order to keep the wheels turning, even if there is not much hope. Then war will step in, or famine, or natural disasters, or TV, or plain threats of loss of more jobs, or food (food is not quite an issue yet in the western world), something will come about, which will be aided, orchestered in the desired direction by the Powers that be, towards a retention of stability – by shifting the world’s attention to easy, understandable, physical occurances, and away from abstract change in the freedom of expressing needs and opinions.

Yes, yes, yes, you are right. Lack of cohesion IS setting in. And the fault is in communication – in your blatant disregard for what communicative desire IS:

We all create with our minds. Creation in a human being is a communication process adjusting inner needs and talents to outer needs and limitations. Creation means acknowledging both needs and change. Creating more ways to hang on to power and earn more money IS creation in the sense of the word, you could say. All creatures resist death, in any way possible, by shedding all factors of existence that present themselves as burdens.

Same with big business. Big, old mono-businesses have no momentum to be inventive players like all small businesses rushing to accommodate change, and begin the process of dieing, which to some is a horrible thing, while to others just the balance ever so slowly shifting towards an inner collapse. And in that process  the old ones stand in the way of the creativity and devolopment of the rest.

Such refusal to roll over and die is very well, and even encouraging too. But when dinosaurs of the book industry refuse to change, refuse to invent technology and go first, refuse to accept other people doing it for them, and when they can have the power to turn the global network into a pet from their own fear, lazyness and lack of flexibility in a changing world, and when they present their refusal to neither die nor change by claiming moral superiority over the rest of the world, as in “our commitment to protecting secure, safe, and legitimate use of the Internet”, its time to

STOP THIS NONSENSE

There are many ways to affect change. People could be guided, but nobody powerful wishes to guide them. People could be consoled, but nobody powerful possess neither sufficient heart nor responsibility or means of consolation. The empowerment is coming from below instead. Call it “a revolution”, if you will, but just remember: A revolution is not always a succes. A revolution, a turning of the cards, can lose by succeding. It can die in the instant the troops (i.e. people) start poring in. And become mainstream, and nobody sees or notices it. And all the industries will rush to exploit its present potential of momentum.

The right word in this regard is evolution. And that just happens, no matter what. It counts the factors of every action, every opinion, every occurrence, every shift in the equilibrium. But what is inside this is freedom to shape the future from your own needs and regard for necessities, quality and essence. Except you are bound by law.

The book industry, along with all the other copyright moguls, have the law on their side. The law of ownership keeping the world economy and industry stable. They CAN win over the whole globe on the pretext of protecting stability.

IF that happens, they themselves will wish that they had been able to pull out of their abject refusal to step down and let flexible initiative take over. The consequences of the refusal to die of all the old World right-owership coalitions are that monitoring and privacy violations will see a marked increase in stress related deaths. Lowered life expectancy in the western world, Australia, Japan, South Korea, the arab world. A brief new flood of physical mail as a way of retaining privacy. Then illegal subnets. Then back to status quo. There is NO way of stifling communication and creation that has tasted the freedom of access to a bigger world.  Only misery will follow from trying to stop individuals’ need for expansion into the minds of everyone else.

Ahead lies only total monitoring, or letting go. Demand for security converging with rising desire of privacy. We are seeing the tip of the iceberg, and flocks of anti-restriction memes will soon inhabit the space of “Free Will”, if nothing is done about this habit of trying to control the masses.

We are the masses. The Earth. The 99%.

Un-controling the masses has never been done, I think. Letting go of the leash, after the fact of control. Not in any age. So, history serves as no indicator of un-controlled masses, other in a very limited fashion – in times of war and civil disturbances.

The future in that regard is a blank slate, and the economy and thus personal empowement springing from capitalism demand it stay relatively blank for the masses. And the only way to that goal is through control. Control on a global scale makes the future predictable, for the select few to benefit from, and everyone else to fall in line behind. On a moral high ground to protect the world from itself…

Is this better than the freedom to fail?

Inspirative source: http://torrentfreak.com/book-publishers-shut-down-library-nu-and-ifile-it-120215/