Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Prime Minister’s Last Question

As your Prime Minister, I will never allow the universal basic income bill to pass into law. There are already too many people on benefits and while I understand the right honourable member’s concern for Doreen…I beg your pardon, Dora

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Introducing Characters with George and Lennie

Characters must be introduced with very few details. In Of Mice and Men, of George and Lennie’s introduction tells us what is important without a word of description. Putting contrasting characters together brings out the salient points of their personalities.

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Posted in Wednesday Pontification, Writing

Shadow in Sodium

The tap of Cuban-heeled boots echoed the worn rubber of Tammy’s trainers. She noticed at the same time she realised they were getting closer. Sore as her feet were, she picked up the pace. With nowhere to go, she may

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Inspirations: The legend of Edith Cavell

In 1915, Nurse Edith Cavell was executed by the Germans for helping British soldiers evade capture. Recent research by Dame Stella Rimington reveals she was also involved in military espionage. British propaganda lionised Cavell as a patriotic martyr, and her

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It was just after my screen went blue that James said, “that’s interesting”. For James, it counted as garrulous, which should have focused my attention. As I was focused on pressing the power button and hoping it would reboot my

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Last chance to get Peppermint Tea in Electronic Limbo for free

The Peppermint Tea in Electronic Limbo giveaway ends 24h from now, after which the price will go to 99c or whatever Amazon thinks your local equivalent should be. Until then, the Kindle edition is available from the Amazon stores: US

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Greater Minds: Ray Kurzweil predicts the hybridisation of intelligence

Ray Kurzweil predicts artificial intelligence will augment human intelligence, leading to hybrid thinking. He anticipates exponential advances in brain science and artificial intelligence. My short story, Peppermint Tea in Electronic Limbo, looked further into the future when the human mind

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Giveaway: Peppermint Tea in Electronic Limbo

The Kindle edition of Peppermint Tea in Electronic Limbo, along with five flash stories, can be downloaded for free until Saturday. Pick your Amazon Store: US UK DE FR ES IT NL JP BR CA MX AU IN Ray Marken

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IT Support

This is the moment I’ve been waiting for. I know that confuses you, but this isn’t going to go the way you think it is. You’re not going to ream me out for – what is it I’m supposed to

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Lessons from Syria 2: Anatomy of a modern conflict

The Syrian Civil War began in the ‘Arab Spring’ of 2011. It followed the collapse of Syrian agriculture due to drought. Millions of displaced farmers joined Iraqi refugees in slums around the major cities. Syria demonstrates several elements likely to

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Posted in Current affairs
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