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Science Fiction: has China got it right?

8 Comments 14 September 2011

My fellow writers Damien G Walter and Mark Charan Newton recently published excellent posts on a topic that has been swirling around my own head for some weeks: the future for science fiction. As both point out, China is now the largest market for science fiction writing. The reason for this is quite astounding. According to Damien:

“China is the world’s manufacturing powerhouse. But it doesn’t invent or design the things it manufactures… China wants to capture the creativity and imagination of the culture that has produced companies like Google and Apple. So researchers talked to people involved with those and other companies to see what factors they had in common. Guess what the answer was? They all read Science Fiction.” Continue Reading

Future Earth

Good news: deforestation is declining

No Comments 18 February 2011

Forests have been in the news a lot recently, with the Government halting its controversial plans to sell publicly-owned forests to timber companies. But did you know that deforestation is on the decline?

The Government’s U-turn has prompted plenty of headlines. However I think that the decline in deforestation is also worth shouting about. Recently, much of what I read about the environment seems to have a gloomy bent. Barely a day goes by without some apocryphal story about the planet’s depleted oceans, polluted atmosphere, melting glaciers or threatened wildlife.

The deluge can be overwhelming and a little depressing. So when some good news like this comes along, it is worth spreading. Continue Reading

Future Earth

Stop shopping? Not for all the coal in China

No Comments 17 February 2011

So here’s what’s bothering me. It is estimated that in the developing world, coal consumption will increase by 20 per cent over the next 20 years. Clearly that’s heading in the wrong direction – and guess where the demand is?

China, which currently generates more than 70 per cent of its electricity with coal, and which will build more power stations in the next 25 years (some say sooner) than America, Japan and the EU currently possess.

Gulp. Time to break out the dinghies! Continue Reading


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