April 5th, 2012

Dystopia, Dattopia

So, does anything else apart from The Gold Coast by Kim Stanley Robinson fall into the category of 'stories that were written as dystopias (*) but which from our perspective now seem impossibly optimistic'?
Technically of course I suspect it should be viewed as being an alt-history novel with a jonbar point somewhere in the past from now (not going to read it again to work out precisely when, probably)

(*) named after Dystopia, the muse of SF

For other uses, see Booty Call (disambiguation)

Am amused that the Wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Californias_Trilogy, in the sentence "The book describes the life of 27-year-old Jim McPherson, who finds himself between literary and academic interests, anti-weapons-industry terrorism, and drugs, parties and casual sex." has links for 'academic', 'anti-weapons-industry' and 'terrorism', but not 'drugs', 'parties' and 'casual sex'.

(For the 1988 comedy film starring Lea Thompson, see Casual Sex?.
"Booty call" and "Bootie call" redirect here. For other uses, see Booty Call (disambiguation).)

Go East

Following the post by Diamond Geezer http://diamondgeezer.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/tilbury-100.html on the Tilbury Cruise Terminal I am quite tempted to have a trip on the Tilbury Ferry and to see the terminal, probably from the outside, then the remains of the station, then the (alleged free) bus to Tilbury Town station and back to Fenchurch Street (or Limehouse for DLR). I am amused that Google Maps has the long closed Tilbury Riverside station on it. It (or bits of it) are an arts centre now, apparently. It is amazing though how once one gets outside 'Greater London' public transport information just disappears (but then, I suppose, so does public transport to a large extent).