It’s the economy stupid


Why is the post not like it used to be?

Looking back over the years always brings amusement and we always think our own perspective to be unique. In the UK it is easy to gripe about how the Royal Mail isn’t as good as it used to be; in the 70s we had two posts per day (and second class generally meant second post), cancellation of the Sunday delivery was a huge event and it was common to get the post delivered before leaving for school, allowing for birthday cards to be opened. Nowadays we get a delivery most days (though it seems not every day), first class might arrive the next day and prices of stamps seem exorbitant.

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Psycho History Killer


Snappy title but…

As anyone who wanders around this tiny corner of cyberspace (remember when it was called that!) knows I worry about things like time travel and thermodynamics.  This all means that whilst I enjoy my sci-fi, I have to suspend a lot of belief to do so. One case that brings this together well is the brilliant (yet badly flawed) Foundation Series by the equally brilliant (and probably not at all flawed) Isaac Asimov. Yes we are back in old school classic twentieth century science fiction territory. The same flaw also exists in the great yet trashy Lensmen series by E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith. There’s a name I haven’t conjured with for years! I even touch on another doctor at the end!

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