Sunday, 12 November 2017
In their quest for Independence, freedom or liberty, call it what you will, let us take the Catalonians as a prime example of a mass movement gaining momentum.
In the broadcasts, I see a joy on the painted faces in the crowds at the declaration of national independence by their local political leaders, and wonder, “How shallow is that?”
I ask myself, “Is it because the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, at their expense, and what they really want is to get out of the wretched Spanish system of superficial democracy?”
Mind you, if you’re already rich, you probably don’t care a tinker’s cuss about anyone else, nor about the inflation you’re building up for your country by paying yourself so handsomely. It becomes Monopoly money you’re playing with, if you’re a banker like Jack Diamond or Fred the Shred, in the UK.
Taking Spain as a whole in relation to Catalonia, the Catalonians are just like the other voters in the rest of the impoverished country in what they perceive, which is mainstream politicians in the ruling Party Popular behaving like bandits. It can only form a temporary government now, because it has become accustomed to dishing out wads of money to itself and been caught in the process of theft, at the expense of taxpayers. This has happened from the PM down, and many of its officials are being incarcerated as a matter of routine.
Big business is involved in these shenanigans, as is royalty, while the judiciary and Hacienda try to recover millions of Euros from corrupt officials who have amassed vast fortunes.
Curiously enough, the Catalonian leaders seem to be free of such illicit goings-on, and the sight of such things must be as galling to them as it is to everyone else, whatever their ancestral roots.
The consequence is that Spain now has a ‘hung’ central parliament, which depends even more than Britain does on support of the main opposition socialists and fringe, left-wing parties. In two elections, nothing much has changed voters’ sour view of their ruling class. The Party Popular is tainted, and acts as a barely tolerated caretaker administration.
Why any emerging nation, like the embryonic Catalonia, should seek to join the EU is a mystery to me, because a less democratic, overpaid version of a collection of nonentities is hard to find beyond China, Russia, North Korea and the Middle East. Its headquarters in Brussels is an autocratic bureaucracy run like a gentleman’s dining club, ponderously. The only reason I can see for beating at its doors is to become a net recipient of its aloof munificence (much of which it is strenuously trying to snatch back from Spain, having also been diddled).
Someone should warn the Catalonians that the EU money pot is running dry, as the small countries are turned into net contributors, and complaining about it quite loudly. The reason is Britain striving to get out of the EU, which is the wretched, sclerotic source of its many woes.
Someone should also warn the Catalonians that small is not necessarily beautiful when it comes to matters of defense and internal security. The pendulum can swing menacingly over the pit, as Edgar Alan Poe might have observed, where liberty equates to freedom in a troubled world. Access to ample resources can be highly desirable in these times and that is what resides in honest unity with the rest of Spain.
“Think of the Basques as well as yourselves, before you countenance insurrection!” is what I would counsel them.
“Think also of the Walloons in Belgium!” I would also counsel them.
“Why?” you might ask.
“This is the route you could take,” I would reply. “Those sub-parliamentarians, in the south of the country of Belgium, were able to block a key trade deal with Canada.”
THAT is the way forward, to encourage the political leaders in Spain and Catalonia to enhance your liberty. You don’t need to take any extreme measures.
As Churchill famously said, “Jaw Jaw is better than War War.”
Some final observations about ‘Greater Britain’; the degree to which people commentate sensibly on political matters in the newspapers is commendable, if you ignore the anonymous mud-slinging. It is less so when it comes to the guests invited onto the TV news channels, where bigotry often goes unchallenged, largely because of the indifference to fair play of the news presenters and the lack of time they spend researching outside their ‘day jobs’. ’Fake News’ is how it is described by President Trump and it happens in Britain as well as the USA. What these presenters and reports don’t know, they make up or ignore.
However, what is becoming apparent is the deep desire of many voters in the UK not to allow their MPs to get away with voting as they feel fit, and ignoring what the majority of their constituents want. Hopefully, this ‘shallow’ version of democracy is on the wane.
Perhaps the British and Catalonian voters are striving for the same version of democracy.
Tuesday, 7 November 2017
Occasionally, I come across a news article that needs more thought, if only because I've read something that lends it credence. The usual response is a barrage of derision from the reading public, but I get a gut feeling about some things, and this is one of them.
It reads as follows:
It reads as follows:
A "GENIUS" Russian who has confounded experts for 20 years claims he was a once Martian and life will change once the Sphinx is "unlocked".
Boriska Kipriyanovich, 20, has allegedly baffled experts with his knowledge of outer space since he was a child.
He claims (in a previous life) to have flown to ancient Egypt as a pilot. When he was a schoolboy, he said the Martians have a strong connection to the ancient Egyptians on Earth.
He said that life on Earth will change dramatically when the Great Sphinx monument in Giza is 'unlocked', adding that the opening mechanism is hidden behind an ear.
He explains there was a catastrophe caused by a nuclear war waged between the “beings” living there (on Mars).
Apparently, there were only a few survivors who constructed protection lodges and built new weapons, so he claims.
He also claimsare immortal and stop aging at an age of 35-years.
He said they are technologically advanced and capable of interstellar travel.
His parents claim he could speak only months after he was born and amazed doctors as a toddler by being able to read, write and draw by the age of two.
His mother is a doctor herself and said the first indication he was special came a couple of weeks after birth when he could hold his head up unassisted. They say he would discuss subjects they had never taught him.
While in kindergarten, his teachers noticed his incredible writing and language talents along with astonishing memory skills, allegedly.
His mother and father claim they never taught him anything about space as a child, but he would sit and talk about Mars, the planetary systems and alien civilization.
They said it became his number one interest and it was as not long until he started claiming to have been born on Mars.
What drew my attention to its possible authenticity was a similar event recorded by Ingo Swann, who was a 'Distance' Seer for over 19 years with a government agency that specialized in such activities. He claimed to have 'seen' such things. Plus, there was an ex-US Marine, Randy Cramer who insisted he had served a 17-year tour of duty on Mars under the name of Captain Kaye, protecting colonists. Plus, the now deleted Google map allegedly zoning into a clearly defined artificial structure on the surface of Mars. There are other such claims of evidence of dubious provenance, but none so convincing as the one I saw.
My mind is open to these matters, but I would like to see what is made of the alleged 'key' behind one of the ears of the Sphinx.
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
That will be interesting - a group within a group. How will the excluded minnows take to this idea? Two parliamentary sites to be continued for the travelling gravy train of overpaid bureaucrats and MEPs?
Why doesn't Britain enter the fray by volunteering to head the alternative group of trading nations, to whom Germany sends its exports on the back of a weak currency? That'll weaken the GB Pound enough to give us a competitive advantage to match that of Germany. Call the new currency the Bureau, for example, and do away with the pound.
It'll certainly skewer Tusk and Barnier.
Sunday, 24 September 2017
I am talking about the Labour Party in Britain and the self-confident rhetoric being used by its leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
Let me be clear in expressing my view on the chances of the Labour Party getting into power. I will do so by asking one question of the voters of all ages and beliefs.
Do you want an academic dunce who is economically illiterate and indecisive, to be our next Prime Minister?
It chills me to the bone when he takes to the hustings and rants. What he rants is overtures to some ears, but is meaningless to mine. The words he uses he concocts as he speaks.
It has been many years since I have heard anyone rant on a soapbox like him, and come across as a sweet uncle, a nice, gentle older man, in interviews.
His vanity is such that he can actually envisage himself in the role of country leader.
I am confident that his chances are nil. The majority of voters, who I believe to be level-headed and sincere, would shudder at the prospect.
Either he is delusional or I am. Take your pick!
Thursday, 3 August 2017
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Monday, 17 July 2017
If the voters of the UK are so determined to undermine the Government in its campaign to get the best Brexit deal it can on behalf of the country, let them have what they deserve.
…..CALL AN IMMEDIATE, FRESH ELECTION.
If they truly believe in the capabilities of the Labour party, insist they are given a fresh vote for it, to bring down the Conservatives, if they can, or increase their majority as was requested in the first place.
It wasn’t at all clever of Theresa to get sucked into domestic economics and, predictably, she got unstuck when she came up against left-wing promises by economic dunces. Her manifesto was a conceited insult to the intelligence. Theirs was unaffordable promises to the suckered young.
Frankly, I am fed up of hearing an endless barrage of speculative reporting on events at parliament, on the machinations of leading cabinet members intent on ousting the PM, and on the type of Brexit being discussed.
For twits who yap on about Hard Brexit, THERE AIN’T SUCH A THING. The hardest fall there can be is onto World Trade Organisation rules, got it?
For so-called business leaders with hidden agendas, stop harping on about how you like certainty. Cobblers, there ain’t no such thing in life. If you think there is, you are feckless. You want soft Brexit? Pay for it yourselves.
For those labour supporters who walk around wearing ‘I Love Corbyn’ on their T-Shirts, do you really equate intelligence with his track record of failure? Really? Have you lost touch with reality? WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES BEFORE HE BURIES THE COUNTRY IN ECONOMIC DUNG. Being nice has no relationship with his past record of failure, apart from rattling the cage he belongs in.
I repeat, CALL AN IMMEDIATE, FRESH ELECTION.
If that course of action doesn’t galvanize sensible people into doing what is right, boy oh boy, WE WILL GET WHAT WE DESERVE - at least a decade to undo what the Labour ignoramuses are incapable of achieving - running the country.
Saturday, 1 July 2017
I am talking about a man I first saw on Sky News this morning, who even made Stephen Dixon squirm in embarrassment. I am talking about Jamie Kelsey-Fry.
I am horrified at the piffle this untidy man with a double-barrelled name gushes. He wants a man who had two A-level e-grade passes to lead this country. For God's sake, someone tell him to get a grip on himself!
I heard his rant against businessmen this morning on Sky News and one thing is for sure - he is a menace to society because he is a vocal threat to democracy.
If and when Corbyn gets in, but only IF the young continue to be swayed by Corbyn's empty promises of jam tomorrow, then it will take a decade to undo the incalculable economic damage this illiterate but kindly looking PM-in-waiting will inflict on us.
We both agree on one thing - taxes need to flow from big businesses. Why doesn't Sky News look more closely at the money earnt by nurses before commentators like Kelsey-Fry insist they are really suffering and people like them have to go to food banks? Jeremy Hunt, who the NHS employees hate for no good reason, mentioned this once on Sky News and speculated at the need to go there when they earn so much.
You have to see the lifestyles of firefighters when they retire early to see how well they live off their pensions when they move abroad. I do and it is money no object.
No, Kelsey-Fry is himself an underachieving rabble rouser whose muddled view of life is a travesty of reality. I read with incredulity that he is an ex-teacher with 1 years’ experience repeated over 20 years, I wonder at the mentality of those who employed him. Did they do it to take advantage of his mind-warping skills?
What on earth possessed Sky News to give him airtime to spout his firebrand drivel, especially in front of wishy-washy Nixon? And why does it keep sending its reporters to a school that specialises in churning out rude, very rude and disrespectful interviewers? There is nothing clever in shouting at someone, “Excuse me, when are you going to get the sack? Hopefully, one day, someone will stop mid-stride and give their torturer a good thump. I for one will give a hearty hurrah, especially if it’s Faisal.
Is Sky News trying to make or report the news? Is it actually giving us relentless false news?
Sunday, 18 June 2017
If I were at the heart of UK government now, here is what I would do.
1. Call in contractors to start erecting scaffolding around the surviving high-rise blocks containing suspected fire-risk cladding.
2. Order a supply of commercial fire extinguishers and start distributing them to the high-rise blocks still at risk.
3. Ask the tenants if they want to stay in the surviving high-risk blocks, after provision of the fire extinguishers, and ask if they want individual fire detectors installed, as an interim measure.
4. Move heaven and earth to relocate the Grenfell survivors anywhere I could, nearby, including army barracks and disused commercial and NHS buildings.
Have I seen any sign of these steps being taken, have you?
Why on earth appoint as advisor someone who refused to meet safety experts before this disaster occurred? Is the lady intent on executing a political death wish?
Whatever it takes, the lady once said, before …
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
The question I ask is this: did the good lady execute a devious plot?
Keeping an open mind, let us look at this possibility in greater depth by asking some fundamental questions.
1. Was the vicar’s daughter as stupid as she’s made out to be with her facile submission to the electorate of a dementia tax? Ignore the tears apparently shed in private; they could have been real at the prospect of having overcooked the egg.
2. How powerful behind the scenes are the lobbying groups representing big, international businesses? Where do you think their objectives lie? After all, they have made no secret of them.
3. In comparison, how powerful and sustainable is the electorate in favor of Brexit?
4. If push comes to shove, in the face of what our unelected previously Remain sympathizing PM faced with a diminished share of the electoral vote, how relieved will the majority feel if concessions made to the EU negotiators are begrudgingly accepted by the latter, with substantial billions paid by the UK as sweeteners? In other words, the UK makes soft Brexit overtures to the German overseers and main beneficiaries of our munificence, and compensates with hush money the minnow nations for whom the UK is a major paymaster.
5. How much would you bet on the PM NOT triumphing in the next few years, and overturning the popularity of Corbyn’s left-wing Labour party?
6. Was not the recent 1922’s reception of the PM, with its 25 second thumping of tables, more of a triumphant, processional ovation than an expression of support for a failed leader?
I expect there to be much huffing and puffing as the UK and the EU negotiate from respective positions of weakness and strength, with billions being handed over needlessly by our team, suckered into a situation not of their culpability. Or was it?Not to worry though, we will be in good company, with the likes of the Dutch voters, whose referendum re the Ukraine was overruled by their leaders.
Sunday, 11 June 2017
Theresa May blew the election with the dementia tax and her inability to think on her feet. She has opened the door to Labour and destroyed the UK’s negotiating position re Brexit. She couldn't have done better if it had been deliberate sabotage.
If the Conservatives imitate Labour's manifesto that galvanised the young voters, it will look like copycat catch-up politics. In fact, it was clever bribery and an active younger membership called Momentum.
David Cameron drove his traditional supporters away, as has May with her appalling tax disincentives.
If they make Boris leader they will deter many voters by his zany antics, haystack haircut and posturing.
How they get out of this mess that the PM created I do not know. It will be a disaster for Britain with so many inexperienced Labour MPs at the helm. It looks likely we have wasted a decade until the young realise their votes were bought as the huge debt escalates. Austerity is no bad thing with trillions owed.
Going back to the politics of the Seventies, with nationalisation and so many spend, spend, spend Labour promises will cripple the country, which had so much to offer.
Yes, the young have so much to learn, as do untrammelled universities that apply such crippling fees on the aspiring young. As do our political rulers. There’s one change to make for starters, university fees. The rest will take ages, apart from not stealing people’s inheritance pots. Imagination, that’s the name of the game, and each generation…
Friday, 2 June 2017
How much do you know about cyber crime? Is it true that it is the poor man’s atomic bomb? I would say it is more than that, it is the man in the street’s nuclear bomb.
A recent program on the subject showed me how real and deadly serious this crime is. It is the most dangerous threat the human race has ever unwittingly faced, and the USA thankfully took up the baton to combat it with the National Security Agency, or NSA for short. It was ordered to go on the offensive.
Unfortunately, its internal security measures lacked stringency. Consequently, a deadly virus referred to as Ransomware, allegedly of its making, passed into the hands of criminals. I am referring to the illegal encryption of user data, followed by demands to pay ransoms in Bit money, before the criminals will decrypt it. Bit money is itself an invention of the cyber world.
Let me put the overall threat in its proper context for you. There are reputedly 50 billion devices attached worldwide to the internet.
One of these is the Programmable Logic Controller or PLC, a rugged device used throughout industries of all types and varying in size from a small box to rack-mounted modular assemblies. They contain microchips and operate in stringent operating environmental, to control functions such as temperature, cleanliness, and power quality. To meet these challenges the PLC started to be developed decades ago in ways that permit its operation to be monitored.
A 27 ton modern electricity generator was bought by a US company to test its resistance to cyber attack by a malicious computer worm called Stuxnet, which is self replicating and targets industrial computer systems. Within three attacks, it reduced the generator to a smoking, unusable, irreparable wreck.
Its original target? An underground nuclear development facility in Iran.
I ask you a question: is the biological Nano computer a reality? An answer was provided in 2011. It was reported that Scientists are one step closer to making a biological computer after having built basic components for digital devices out of bacteria and DNA. Some scientists believe that, in the future, small, biological computers could roam our bodies, monitoring our health and correcting problems they find. I wrote about this in The Time Slipsters.
It is my understanding that it is now possible to activate a home PC remotely, even if not connected to the internet, without the owner’s knowledge. Imagine if your brain could be invaded by malware, via invisible waves, and attacked you.
Impossible? Don’t bet on it. The PLC is used in the pharmaceutical industry, to control the manufacture of its products. I wrote about a product called tracer that a control freak called The Inlooker used to find out what people were thinking. I wrote, ‘as you read a document, it is looking back at you’.
I often wonder if my Sci-fi is already reality.Think long and hard about it what malware can do, and pray that the NSA is willing to act on our behalf before the 7 billion of us become less than 1 billion. I assume of course that the larger figure is acceptable to you. I don’t think it is sustainable.
Thursday, 1 June 2017
When I watched the recent live TV debate pitching Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party in the UK, against Theresa May, the Prime Minister, I felt deeply troubled by the attitude of a section of the audience, which was hostile to the PM in particular.
What motivates the TV producers and presenters to select these attendees? Is it a desire to humiliate our politicians? Do I detect prejudice in them, a desire to provoke hatred and bile in voters? Many in the audience hated with passion and seemed to have lost the capacity to think logically. Small wonder, given that the program presenters were equally keen to adopt a negative stance. They hammer home the prediction that Brexit will be disastrous. Is this not false reporting?
Corbyn is an old style grand-slamming, fundamentally weak politician who has always been anti-establishment. Until recently, he has never held any position of importance, and is totally incapable of serving the country as its CEO. This factor has to be of prime importance, irrespective of his likable personality, since in his vain naivety he would happily take it.
In my humble view, his only credible role was as a true radical. Now, he has the chance to introduce full democracy, by continuing as the Labour leader. He can best do this by acting in accordance with the votes cast by the majority of his constituents. If all the other MPs in the Labour party follow his lead, changes could be profound. Otherwise, if a fluke of fortune elects him to be Prime Minister, he will come across as a spendthrift ditherer, nice but dim, like Tim Farron.
Now to Theresa May, who seized her chance to replace David Cameron and was rapidly elected by her MPs. Since then a number of them have tried to undermine her, hence the obvious need for another election.
During the debate, she was often heckled and jeered by opposition supporters. She immediately stopped and listened, in polite decency. This trend is uncommon in politicians, and she would have been better off ignoring them.
During the many years she was Home Secretary, she was criticized for not having got immigration down, but it wasn’t for the lack of trying. What is forgotten is the key role played by the Libdems, junior partners in the coalition at the time, who blocked or watered down many of her proposals. The only reason they did this was to remind voters they were still there, in the wings of power.
The man who often loudly claimed responsibility was the deputy PM, Nick Clegg, whose wife is a Spanish Human Rights lawyer, and he probably expected to go to the EU as his career progressed.
Theresa May is so polite she refrains from indulging in the bedlam associated with politics. In fact, I don’t think she likes it much, standing on a soapbox and competing with others. I don’t blame her, after hearing their vacuous commitments and snide remarks.
There are Brits amongst us who are determined to give away control of Britain’s sovereignty to the unelected, elite and pampered bureaucrats in Brussels, and are strident in their demands that we have a soft Brexit.
Heaven help us if the voters choose any other party than the Conservatives, in enough numbers to put Brexit in danger. This outcome would be based on domestic concerns like the overbloated, forever underfunded NHS, whether fuel allowances should be paid to wealthy pensioners, school meals for all kids (what!), penalizing the wealthy, the burdens of an ageing population and countless other squabbles, like independence for Scotland. All of these presented by nonentities pitching for glory.
It would be a kick in the teeth for the country. President Donald Trump is spot on about false reporting.
Saturday, 1 April 2017
By social misfits I mean the whole gamut, ranging from murderers, fanatics, pedophiles, robbers, con artists, the criminally insane, those with aggressive disorders, public menaces and repeat criminal offenders.
The first thing I would do is set a date to clear the prisons of inmates. I regard these establishments as a waste of time, money and space. Many of them are run as hotels, equipped with gymnasiums, libraries, recreation areas, TV sets and games’ rooms, with inmates let out during the day. Some who are released re-offend to be let back into their version of holiday camps.
The second thing I would do is treat the misfits with one-off drugs, tailored to counteract their misbehavioral problems. If that means them becoming odorless cabbages so be it, as long as they become incapable of repeat-offending in their category. What do I mean by category? Well, at one end of the scale you have the most serious of derangements, like that suffered by Ian Brady; at the other you have aging lotharios like Paul Gadd, aka Gary Glitter. Officially, the worst would be classified as Irredeemable, at the other end would be all the PPIs (Pointless Putting Inside).
If in rare cases the drugs proved to be ineffective, I would add additional measures such as surgical lobotomies of key areas of the cortexes of the brain: we seem to be getting good at identifying them. The serious villains would need some sort of protection from vengeful relatives of victims, but fear can be a good feeling to possess, like birching used to be on the Isle of Man, but I digress.
There you have it. No more prisons; an alternative way to deal with offenders.
Thursday, 30 March 2017
For those of you who watch events unfolding on the news channels and in the newspapers, it is easy to become insensitive to what we see unfolding in the Middle East.
For those who write Sci-Fi books like me, it is easy to overlook the fact that what is happening in Iraq and Syria reflects a reality in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically one that is degraded beyond imagination. That is to say, it is dystopian.
I find it beyond understanding that young men and women are so bereft of common sense that they regard it as acceptable to rape, torture and slaughter the innocent in the name of God. What does God have to do with any of these acts committed in his name?
Let me be clear, I have no belief in any God, but I firmly believe that the spirit exists separately from the human body it occupies. So how can anyone be daft enough to believe that they will go to heaven and enjoy the company of virgins by doing unimaginably bad things to others, in the name of Allah?
How can driving wagons full of living people into pits in the desert be worthy of entry to the supposed kingdom of heaven? How can the dipping of women in acid be justified? How can the random shooting of children be anything but deranged?
This is where the death of fanatics of this ilk justifies the use of drones to eliminate them from this planet, so they can never breed. But what about their spirits or souls, whatever you care to call them? My feeling is they descend to a spiritual version of Hell, from which they will never ascend. There they will congregate and despair for what they have done, in the name of their false god, Allah.
Religion over many centuries, particularly of a monotheistic, Abrahamic source, has a lot to answer for, as do its warped preachers.
Thursday, 9 March 2017
The SIGHTSEERS AGENCY, the ultimate book in The Dreadnought Collective series.
A summary of the book reads:
A summary of the book reads:
Welcome to my fantasy world. It is not set in some mythical universe, but here on young Planet Earth.
It relates events happening in the not too distant future, where the unimaginable has happened: society has evolved without suffering near-extinction from a myriad of catastrophic disasters.
The population is reducing from its overblown previous level, and life as we know it is becoming idyllic.
As you might expect, there are hiccups on the way, with murderous and criminal behavior yet to be fully eradicated.
Religion only exists in pockets, now that we realize how we evolved, naturally, and did not need a helping hand in the ongoing process.
How did we develop that realization? With awareness from aliens. After all, they seeded our beloved planet using us as guinea pigs.
The problem is, those we’ve allied ourselves with don’t care about us very much. However, they do like what we possess, sufficiently to want to share it with us in the meantime, hidden from view except to those in the know.
This book contains a series of whodunit escapades with serious undertones.
Ignore the all too real messages it contains at your peril.
***** The Hungry Monster Book Review, February 20, 2017
The Sightseers Agency picks up with Richard Pencil leaving the government position he took up at the end of the previous book. With the new world order well underway, the big three-letter agencies are breaking up, and Richard is going back to work with Joe Fraser and the man known as the Inlooker. Richard also has an impressive upgrade to his extra-sensory detective powers. He’s joined by a new remote-viewer, Miss Plum Duff, whose talents were honed by alien intervention. Fraser hires them to launch the the Sightseers Agency, reporting to him and their mysterious benefactor. Their mission is to oversee the behavior of elected officials, and another secret goal is revealed later. Seb Cage, who is now a talented computer security specialist (along with the skills he gained from the Sombrella Syndicate), joins the agency as well.
The Sightseers soon discover that the greatest threat to earth isn’t just from rogue officials and politicians, but also hostile aliens who have been planning an attack for some time. Complications arise because some of the aliens on Earth are friendly, while some are more like tourists who take on human form just to experience something different. Ms. Plum Duff comes into her own here, since she, like Seb, has a long history with regard to aliens.
Like the previous agency novel, there is an overarching plot that is played out in several different investigations. While the book is described as a series of whodunits set in the future, each case is a link in a chain that ultimately brings conflict on both a personal and global scale. I was glad to see more about the use of psychic mind-reading to ferret out lies and criminal activity, and the manipulation of auras and even the soul itself. There’s also the fascinating angle of this “new world” society, run on a democracy-on-demand system with a goal toward a true meritocracy. While some of this society’s social practices seem dystopian, others, like the use of Tesla’s wireless transmission of energy, offer a utopia of readily-available power.
One of the things I’ve enjoyed throughout the Dreadnaught series is the author’s vivid imagination. His notes at the beginning of the books give real-world tales of psychics and UFO phenomenon that act as the launch pad for his stories. His humor and wordplay are also in full force, with inventive non-cuss words, ribald comedy—especially when it comes to Richard and his Lothario tendencies—and the continued jokes about “potties,” which are ubiquitous self-driving transport pods, giving “on the throne” a whole different meaning.
Overall, this series has been fun to read. The major recurring characters are so unique, each with their own set of skills, flaws, and quirks, that it’s a delight to follow them from one adventure to another. The Sightseers Agency ties up a lot of loose ends, answers questions, and ends on a hopeful note and fans of the series will be satisfied by the ending.
Author Interview - Terry Tumbler:
I think The Sightseers Agency is the best book of the Dreadnought Collective, and you did a great job of balancing the characters, conflict, and plot. Knowing that this was the last book in the Dreadnought Collective what was one thing you wanted to accomplish before the end of the series?
Loose ends to be tied up, conclusively.
The recurring characters are so unique, each with their own set of skills, flaws, and quirks, that it’s a delight to follow them from one adventure to another. What was one character you felt went through the biggest change throughout the series?
The Inlooker, posing as Claude Broadbent.
The Sightseers Agency ties up a lot of loose ends, answers questions, and ends on a hopeful note. Did you always have an idea of how the series would end or did it present itself as you were writing this last book?
It makes me feel uneasy to admit that this is the last book in the Dreadnought collective series, but you’ve put me on the spot! Yes, it makes sense to treat is as such, with infills later, like Bernard Cornwall did with the Sharpe’s series. I always aim to write with previous knowledge of the ending, but cannot claim to stick with it as the story evolves.
What is the next book that you're writing? Are you working on another series?
The next book is the start of another Sci-Fi series. It involves new technology based on true inventions in the past. It also speculates on what alien contact could be like, when we reduce our population level. It will be a ‘vehicle’ for humor, to lighten the underlying message passed to readers.