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Why Science Fiction Today is Important

I know it has been a while since I actually wrote a Science Fiction Today post, but in the current political climate I am reminded why we started writing them in the first place. I am honestly sick of most politics today. We keep congratulating ourselves for throwing more and more money at situations without bothering to take the time to examine why things are happening. One thing I love about doing Science Fiction Today is that we can take a step back and imagine the entire world differently.

Part of what is great about trying to look at things from a science fiction perspective is you are no longer constrained by what the world looks like now. Some of the ideas we present really would not work in today’s world, but who knows where we will be in another 50 or 100 years and what could that mean for the problems that we are currently facing?

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Weekend Coffee Share – Presidential Edition

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we’ve spent most of the week sick. This has made everything take longer, like blog posts, or ya know, life. #SickGate

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But that means, not your standard sort of coffee post this week. Instead of talking about us, let’s talk the world a bit more.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you I saw something ridiculous this week in the news. John McAfee is running for president.

This told me a lot of things. First, it told me there’s a person with the name McAfee responsible for the antivirus software. Second, it explains a lot about the antivirus that acts like a virus to me: it’s about building up name recognition, so he could run for president one day. The antivirus that tries to sneak onto your computer along with other software downloads, and that is almost impossible to remove? Yeah, we know which one that is.

Third, it tells me that people with no chance of actually winning are running for president. Because of the reasons given above about his software…

And fourth, it tells me that it’s just a year for running if you have issues to talk about.

If we were having coffee, I would mention that I was a political science minor in college. Well, more political theory. Which has made this a fascinating year so far for me to watch.

I would mention that we don’t talk politics much on Comparative Geeks (or our Facebooks, for that matter). We like to approach these issues from non-standard angles, instead. Like our Science Fiction Today posts – today’s issues through the lens of tomorrow. Indeed, Science Fiction Today was my original idea for a blog.

But next year’s presidential election is just too soon for a science fiction sort of approach. Um… Woman President? Laura Roslin and Battlestar Galactica? Yeah, that’s what I’ve got.

I’m sure we’ll hear lines about how we’re at “the point in history” when a woman president is inevitable. Well, maybe. When as many men as have come out to oppose her, well… what it means for one thing that the opposition is going to splinter, making her win almost inevitable. Especially if one runs outside of a party – someone like Trump? He does seem to almost be actively working towards something like a Hillary presidency…

Given enough cofee, I could rule the world!

If we were having coffee, I would say that all of the stuff about an election 14 months out is pure speculation. There are other things to talk about at this point.

Because if it’s a year for issues, for running to talk about things (if the results really seem so inevitable?), then I have a couple of questions for you, my coffee friend.

First, what if a blogger ran for president? Someone who was all over social media, and had multiple ways you could contact them. Ways you could talk to and debate them. Engage with them. Ways that you could get to know a presidential candidate.

Second, would you write-in vote for a blogger candidate? Or would they need to legitimately be on the ticket?

Third, what would you want to see in a blogger candidate? I’ll leave that open-ended for your input.

And fourth, would you contribute at all to a blogger’s campaign?

I am really interested in everyone’s thoughts, so let me know in the comments below! I leave this open as a discussion to our overseas friends as well – I’d be interested in your input, either on the US side or in your own country! And don’t forget the linkup over on Part-Time Monster!

Coming Up on Comparative Geeks

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Over the next few months we are going to have a couple of things that will be a little bit different, so wanted to give a heads up about what will be happening.

First of all, next month we will be participating in the A to Z challenge. We will be posting shorter posts 6 days a week covering topics on Science Fiction Today from A to Z. This will take us through the entire month of April.

Something else that we will be starting Monday is our countdown to International Tabletop Day on April 11. The countdown will be happening on the Comparative Geeks Instagram this year. We will be highlighting one game a day counting down to April 11 where we will put up a post with all of the games highlighted on Instagram.

Finally, the big thing is that starting some time in May we will be having a time of mostly guest posts. Geek Baby is due in May and therefore David and I will be a bit preoccupied for a while. Thank you to all the bloggers who are writing guest posts for us during that time it is a huge help to let us continue the blog during a hectic time.

That is basically everything. Hope you enjoy the A to Z posts, look out for the countdown to Tabletop Day on Instagram, and look out for some great guest posts in May!

5 Things I Would Like to See in Future Elections

We are coming up on the final countdown to Election Day and for those states with National seats on the line we have been seeing the never-ending barrage of commercials. It just makes me remember the aspects of our political campaigning and elections that just does not seem to make sense. This is not just about the never ending advertising that seems take over every single commercial, but it is the general process of voting as well. There is one part that people should want to vote and should take the effort to vote. At the same time it would be nice if it was not such a contentious or annoying process. Every year David and I get into a discussion about the election process and all the things that we wish could be different. Here are five things I would like to see for the advancement of elections.

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Science Fiction Today: The Weather

So yesterday David and I watched Snowpiercer and the movie was fantastic, but it got me thinking about how we deal with weather and climate change in science fiction stories. From what I can find there seems to be two different story telling methods to deal with the environment in stories. One is that basically nature tries to overcompensate for what has happened and there is an apocalyptic environmental event of some sort or a dystopic turn in the weather, usually causing a great deal of problem for any people. The other is that we try and control the weather in some way and that either goes well or goes very, very poorly. There are numerous examples of all these scenarios throughout various science fiction stories.

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