“More and more, as I think about history,” he pondered, “I am convinced that everything that is worth while in the world has been accomplished by the free, inquiring, critical spirit, and that the preservation of this spirit is more important than any social system whatsoever. But the men of ritual and the men of barbarism are capable of shutting up the men of science and of silencing them forever.”
~Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here
“In 1936, the American electorate votes a populist presidential candidate into the White House, where he rewrites the Constitution and declares Congress obsolete – thereby ushering fascism into the United States. The story follows dissenting newspaperman Doremus Jessup as he works against the government.” More on Goodreads
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Niin se lokakuu sieltä putkahti salakavalasti sen kummemmin itsestään ilmoittelematta. Jo on kumma kun aika menee koko ajan vain nopeammin, sitä ei kykene ymmärtämään. Ja sekin vielä, kun aika on rajattua, niin eihän tässä ollenkaan toteudu ikiaikainen unelmani vapaaherrattaren elämästä.
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According to my good friend Goodreads, I’m 5 books ahead of schedule in terms of reading goals for 2017. This year I had to lower my standards, so the goal for the entire year is only at 30 books, out of which I have up to this point read 25. So, all in all, I’m doing pretty good, but the latter part of the year will be less filled with reading.
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2017 has been a year of writing and getting out of my comfort zone. Well, this blog business started last year already, but let me tell you, this year I found the bliss of writing competitions.
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“Utopia lies at the horizon.
When I draw nearer by two steps,
it retreats two steps.
If I proceed ten steps forward, it
swiftly slips ten steps ahead.
No matter how far I go, I can never reach it.
What, then, is the purpose of utopia?
It is to cause us to advance.”
What is the boundary between dystopia and utopia? Well, it might not be so easy to make a distinction between them. At a discussion on Beyond the Dystopia at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, the panelists – Juliet Kemp, Joe Abercrombie, Tom D. Wright, Vincent Docherty and Taiyo Fujii – covered various topics related to dystopia and utopia.
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“Having lost our present and our future, we had of necessity to bend all our endeavors to the past, which no one could take from us if only we were vigilant enough.”
~Robert Silverberg, Nightwings
“Robert Silverberg’s enduring classic about one man’s journey to find salvation for a planet on the brink of destruction.
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“Most of the soil we walk on once grew and breathed, and once it had the shape of the living, long ago. One day someone who doesn’t remember us will walk on our skin and flesh and bones, on the dust that remains of us.”
~Emmi Itäranta, Memory of Water
"Global warming has changed the world's geography and its politics. Wars are waged over water, and China rules Europe, including the Scandinavian Union, which is occupied by the power state of New Qian. In this far north place, seventeen-year-old Noria Kaitio is learning to become a tea master like her father, a position that holds great responsibility and great secrets.
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