Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Writing - Here is the book news

I find it quite satisfying that there is so much 'book news' in the media.

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The first bulletin has to be the good news that Professor Stephen Hawking has been speculating once again about the future. His previous, quite recent, theory that A.I. could actually bring about the demise of the human race gave food for thought for SF writers. Well he's done it again, speculating on the future of the human race and where it will be in a few hundred years time.

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Professor Hawking says that assuming humanity eventually establishes colonies on other worlds, it will be able to survive.
"Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next thousand or ten thousand years.
"By that time we should have spread out into space, and to other stars, so a disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race.
"However, we will not establish self-sustaining colonies in space for at least the next hundred years, so we have to be very careful in this period."

Fuel for futuristic writers.

The second piece of news is less positive.

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by Ramin Ganeshram

This book has been pulled by publishers Scholastic. The story is of Washington's slave, Hercules, a cook, and his daughter and was released on 5th January. It was met with a barrage of 1 star reviews and criticisms of depicting slaves as happy and was disgustingly inaccurate. Scholastic made a statement that included the fact that there wasn't enough historically accurate information.
The author, Ramin Ganeshram, insisted that he'd researched the book extensively.

Finally, some foreign news.

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Winnie the Pooh

As yesterday (18th January) was Winnie the Pooh Day it would be remiss of me to mention the fact that the cuddly characters created by A A Milne have been translated into many languages and in particular Russian. The Winnie film, Russian version, became successful in 1969 and its popularity has increased since those days. 
Of course, Vinni Pukh is modelled on a black bear whereas the American version is more redolent of a brown bear. You can see the difference in the two pictures here.
The really positive thing is that a good story is translatable.

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God Bless