Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Writing - History v T'interweb

I love history. In fact as I've aged the greater interest I have in the past, both mine and that of the world. But where will history be in 50 years time?
Historically, diarists, writers and reporters have recorded events as soon as they had occurred and we have the documents to prove it, but nowadays we don't maintain documents but save them to some amorphous and inaccessible cloud or hard drive. When the computer is no longer functioning the documents may well be lost.

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There are obvious advantages to the internet. It's quick, it is tidier than pages of paper and you can store a great deal more in next to no space. What isn't addressed is its longevity.

This reflects back to an article I wrote last week when I once again pushed the need for writers to write on everything including current affairs as well as their more imaginative work. The books written play an active part in the history of our society. Novels of Charles Dickens are often referred to as a resource  for the standard of living and social mores of the Victorian era. There is always a need for writers to produce their impressions of life even in imaginative work which is in fact a personal opinion of life at the time described.

7 Hours After may well be described as historical even now. If  it is available in the future it will be more so and that is because it is my take on a real event.


Patrick Steele is off crusading once again with his sidekick, fiancée Naomi Kobayashi. This time he is risking life and limb by returning to the hostile shores of the USA. He has had brushes with the authorities in that vast country on previous occasions, but now has been stimulated to return because of apparent dodgy dealings over the World Trade Centre disaster of September 11th 2001.
After discovering numerous ‘theories’ concerning 9/11 and who was behind it, Steele identifies possible links between large corporations with financial interests and political parties. In a presidential election year he is concerned that those vying for that prodigious post may have links with the disaster.
Has Steele discovered underhand dealing by the US security services?
Did one of the major political parties have a hand in the destruction of 9/11?
Will Steele be caught by the CIA or can he escape back to the safety of the UK?
What was Building 7?

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