Below is the social context in which the author was motivated to write his fact-based novels

The Good News….. 

 

 A Social Commentary by the Author

 

         From close-up, at the coal face of human existence in the early years of the 21st Century, life is becoming increasingly challenging. The media are reporting on matters like climate change, peak oil, the so-called “clash of civilizations”, colony collapse disorder of the bees, the moribund world economy, the sovereign debt overhang (now US$45 trillion globally, and rising), rising unemployment, a possible collapse of the European Union, an amoral absence of ethical behaviour at all levels of society from the top leadership down, the so-called “Arab Spring” (a euphemism for rioting in more than one Middle Eastern country),  mass  murders by marauding madmen; and on and on and on ….

 

        One consequence of this state of affairs is that increasing numbers of ordinary middle class people are becoming depressed. For example:

 

 

    •  “The World Health Organisation forecasts that by 2020 depression will be the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease”. (Source: ibid).

 

        Where is this all going to land up? Some people are just shrugging their shoulders and soldiering on. Others believe that we are approaching the “End of Days” that was referred to in the various religious Testaments. Others are fatalistically accepting that our world will come to an end on December 22nd 2012 because this is the “End Date” reflected on the Mayan Calendar. Others are adopting a devil-may-care hedonistic attitude: “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.”

 

          Notwithstanding all this negativity, when we step back and take a broader view, we discover that life is cyclical. It is always darkest before the dawn. There are some who believe that we may be on the threshold of a new Messianic era, or – depending on one’s frame of reference – a positive shift in energy. The nascent Good News is astounding from both a qualitative and quantitative point of view. Arguably, we are coming to the end of one (dark) cycle in humanity’s evolutionary affairs and are facing the commencement of a new (enlightened) cycle. Let’s take a brief look at some of this good news:

 

       The Information Technology revolution has facilitated the lightning-fast collection, storage, processing and communication of terabytes of data. Amongst many other examples, this has enabled or will enable:

 

    • The development of nano-materials and miniaturisation of various technologies, thereby minimising the need for both the energy and raw materials required to facilitate significant improvements in standards of living. One historical example is a miniature camera that can be swallowed by a patient or inserted into the patient’s vein to enable a doctor to see what is going on inside the patient’s body rather than guess. A future example might be mass production of miniature robot bees to automate the pollination of plants under circumstances where the natural bee population is recuperating and regenerating.

    • Three dimensional printing in various materials, including DNA compatible materials for the production of personalised artificial body parts.

    • The emergence of “personalised medicine”, where the treatment of ailments can be crafted to the individual patient whose particular illness symptoms will be benchmarked against normative databases for the purposes of accurate diagnosis and of treatment prescription.

    • Ordinary people to reach out to one another via the internet across geographic and national boundaries, and to establish and maintain contact via social networking through platforms like FaceBook, Twitter and many others.

    • Instant access of these same ordinary people to information that is free of media bias and will allow the utterances of society’s leaders to be checked for veracity – thereby keeping them honest.

    • Waste minimisation, by facilitating the timely redeployment of surplus degradable materials/finished goods to where they may be consumed prior to spoiling.

    •  The following link will take the reader to a half-hour YouTube entitled “The Five Breakthrough Technologies Reshaping the Economy“.

 

             The era of smokestack industries is demonstrably drawing to a close. The relevance of fossil fuels as a source of energy is waning and the emergence of natural gas to replace oil is the swan song of the Industrial Revolution. Long before the middle of the 21st century, new and far more effective energy paradigms will emerge that will power the world economy into the future. These new paradigms are likely to be:

 

 

      •  Fast Breeder nuclear technology, which will also serve to facilitate a recycling of the thousands of tons of nuclear waste currently sitting in cooling ponds adjacent previous generation nuclear power plants across the planet

      • Hydrogen fuel cells, given that storage of hydrogen gas is theoretically possible by fabricating the storage vessels from graphene; and given that Fast Breeder technology can be used to produce hydrogen from water.

      • Synthetic diesel from carbon recycling biofuel feeds-stocks such as high lipid algae

      • Open system over-unity energy technologies that scavenge energy from the environment. One example is solar power that scavenges energy from the sun. Eventually, others are expected by some to emerge that will scavenge energy from other sources.

The new energy paradigms will very likely facilitate more economical means of:

 

    • Desalinating sea water

    • Cultivating currently unusable land. (See Farming in the desert, which is clearly massively energy inefficient under circumstances where it is powered by fossil fuels and/or energy paradigms with lower Energy Return on Energy Invested than fossil fuels. In the decades ahead, higher EROEI paradigms will begin to emerge that will render this activity more practical.)

    • Satisfying demand for artificial climate control within domestic building, offices and factories.

    • Transportation that is not reliant on fossil fuels.

    • Space exploration and mining of asteroids.

          With all this good news out there, why are people so depressed? Surely the international sovereign debts are merely a pothole in the road?

 

         The answer lies in the fact that “bad news” is the lifeblood of the media and medication treats symptoms rather than addresses causes. Most of these positive developments are not exposed to the harsh glare of publicity. Quite simply, people are constantly exposed to information that is biased towards the negative.

 

        It was against this background that the idea for positive thinking books  – more specifically, positive outlook factional novels – was  born in Brian Bloom’s mind.

 

Since the domestication of the horse – hence the term horsepower – energy has been the core facilitator of the evolution of civilisation.  We began to take our first stumbling steps towards industrialisation when the paddle steamer emerged as a form of transportation on navigable rivers. Then, coal facilitated the development of the steam engine and railways emerged to criss-cross vast distances. Eventually, the discovery of oil led to the development of the internal combustion engine.  Civilisation of humanity has been gathering momentum and, arguably, we are close to take-off speed.

 

            The entertaining and amusing fictional storyline that underpins Beyond Neanderthal  introduces the reader to some visionary possibilities regarding humanity’s future. But we need to walk before we run.  The Last Finesse (its prequel)  also has an entertaining and diverting storyline. Once again, through the medium of a relaxing fictional storyline, ideas are put forward regarding what we might do to dig our way out of the seemingly inescapable quagmire in which humanity now finds itself bogged. The darkness of one phase of human existence is receding. The dazzling brightness of a new chapter is peeping over the horizon. The wheels of evolution continue to turn.

 

 

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