|New England in the Ekcolir Reality|
A sensible place for George Gordon to build (1745) a tobacco inspection house was along the Potomac (the modern name for the river was derived from the native term "Patowmeck") river, south of the fall line, near the site of a native beaver pelt trading village (native name: Nacotchtank). The colonial settlement that grew up there became known as Georgetown.
|Postcard From The Future|
Case study: how we fail to use technology wisely.
George Washington was among those who worked to extend shipping upstream past the Potomac fall line. A goal was to provide a navigable canal all the way to the Ohio river. Eventually, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal extended from Washington D.C. to Cumberland, allowing huge amounts of Allegheny Mountain coal to be shipped to the coast starting in 1831. Later, the railroads made canals obsolete and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was not used after 1924.
|Case study: how technology fails us...|
the "Rose Mary Stretch"
Ever since the mid-1970s, the media have used the suffix -gate to name new and unrelated scandals including, in 2015, even the sports-related "deflate-gate". So, now, Punkgate...
|Will computers let us down?|
cover art: Murray Tinkelman
Then there was steampunk. More recently, it has become a habit for additional science fiction subgenres such as nanopunk to play with the -punk suffix. I suppose you could call the Exode Trilogy "nanopunk".
Interview - Sheryl Kaleo's solarpunk
"Solarpunk is about finding ways to make life more wonderful for us right now, and more importantly for the generations that follow us" -Adam Flynn
Original cover art: Stephen Youll
|Our green world|
|The end of PUNKGATE?|
Rather than invent a batch of new -punk names, I'd prefer simply calling the other stuff "dytopian drek" and return to calling science fiction "science fiction".
But what do I know? I don't make my living as a marketer who can get people to buy anything.
The New Utopians
2016 update (12/3/2016). I was amused today by an article in my local newspaper. The writer expressed surprise that people have actually been spending their money in movie theaters to watch movies that make them feel good. What a novel idea!
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