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Writers Musings

A command, not a date

March 4th… I like today’s date because it sounds like I’m telling people what to do.


New Years 2017

My goal for 2017 is to accomplish the goals of 2016, which I should have done in 2015 because I made a promise in 2014, and planned in 2013.


‘impossible’ EM Drive really does work [Re-blogged]

Pay attention all you Sci-Fi writers, we’ve got a new viable contender for that spaceship engine.

Source: Leaked NASA paper shows the ‘impossible’ EM Drive really does work – ScienceAlert

Of course it also makes Newtonian Physics look a little nervous as we may be back to the drawing board with Newton’s Third Law.


Banned Books

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There is no higher compliment than to have your book banned for challenging the social mores of the day. I can only hope to one day write something complex enough to make the reader question their world, and make the censors seek to keep it from the reader.

Some examples.

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (1932)

By Ireland for its controversial themes on childbirth. Several states in the US tried to have it removed due to “themes on negativity.”

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)

Its sin was to portray (in a sanitised manner) just how badly the poor were affected by the Great Depression.

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (1988)

Seen as Blasphemous by numerous Islamic nations. The number of death threats arising from this book suggests that Rushdie really hit a nerve, and had to go into hiding.

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (1991)

Confronting, to say the least, where it was sold it was usually in plastic and not available to minors. Still banned in Queensland, Australia.

Why? Well have a look at bret-easton-ellis-answers-critics-of-american-psycho.html

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)

Here’s a strange one. If you had to list the various nations in puritanical attitudes towards sex, America would come close to the top in western nations, and yet this book focusing on a man’s obsession with a 12-year-old girl, a book that was seized by the Home Office and called “the filthiest book I have ever read’ by the editor of the Sunday Express” and even banned by the French, was published without any issues in the USA.

Ulysses by James Joyce

Called the most vulgar, obscene and blasphemous book ever to be banned in the U.S, but also the 20th centuries best novel.

 

Oh… and anything the Sad Puppies don’t like.

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Check out 25_Banned_Books_That_You_Should_Read_Today.html

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