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Discussion in 'Members' Introductions' started by mchapman, Dec 28, 2013.
Wow. I left a post the forgot to get back to the site.
I'm interested in speculative fiction and in particular science fiction. I think some of the fiction probably counts as science fiction fantasy because the technology is not realistic. Some horror and conventional fantasy are quite interesting.
The most memorable book or rather book series I have read is the Dune series by Frank Herbert. Certainly Hitch hikers Guide by Douglas Adams, the disc world series by Terry Pratchett in particular Mort, the foundation series by Isaac Asimov and several books by Philip K. Dick.
I have recently read 'The Hunger Games' because I was curious in what made a best seller and I also like stories that use dystopia to explore societal issues.
I have really been reading a number of factual books such as:
John Pilgers 'Hidden agenda' in part at least concerned the way the neo-liberal economic agenda is being pushed and seems indifferent to human rights, justice and democracy.
Several books on economics and government such as:
Will Hutton's 'Them and us'
Owen Jones 'The establishment'
Ha-Joon Chang, '23 things they don't tell you about capitalism'
Another book is by David Crystal book 'The English language'. I would be interested in finding out more about English language's origins. At school I think we learned only grammar, syntax and comprehension but not linguistic roots such as English is a Germanic language and has more in common with Dutch than the romantic language French. That there were attempts to standardise English by making it more like Latin. What about the etymology of a word. Is it like a form of word archaeology seeing the word as a products of 100s of years and perhaps explaining why some spellings are so odd. We definitely didn't cover pidgin or creole languages which school children may have found fun.
Currently reading Naomi Klein 'This changes everything', which seems to concern, so far, that the way capitalism is being pursued is incompatible with dealing with global climate change. The likely consequences seem terrible.
I also like to write speculative fiction particularly if humorous. This includes several novel and short stories.
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