…in what world to live?

  1. I’ll be blogging Monday (3/05) and Thursday (6/05), then I’ll be off for 7 – 10 days: the last check of Almost Faithful thriller. The publishing date, I hope, 🙃 in the middle of June (eBook and paperback). The story is commercial, without any gore descriptions, violence. There’s some sexual content, but I’d say – could be read by anyone from 16+ ☕️📚 

  1. I’m looking for rural crime or bush/outback noir, written by Australian authors only. If you could recommend any name/ title – go ahead, leave the message in the comments. I’d like to read something like Jane Harper’s books – modern but ‘slow, atmospheric’ crime fiction or thriller. In general, I’m up to check any ‘rural’ crimes set in Australia or New Zealand (or even Canada). By ‘rural,’ I mean murders that happen in small, remote Australian towns. NO to urban crimes or too big cities. The historical touch is ok.

  1. We are all aware that humans, as species, are careless about the welfare of Earth. We are often reckless and destructive. Unfortunately, that leads us to only one outcome – to colonize the Universe. This sci-fi scenario is POSSIBLE with genetically modified humanity – humanity, which will be “optimized” to live in the new environment on other planets: Mars, Titan, Venus, etc. Am I looking forward to it? Nope. I’m against this kind of outcome, but I think this is precisely where we are heading… This week’s #1 New Release book in Biomedical Engineering is the book of geneticist Christopher E. Mason, The Next 500 Years, where he states: ‘It is no longer a question of IF we can engineer life – only HOW.” I might discuss the details later, in May-June. Would you like your kids to live on some TCX097-planet permanently, let’s say, with a changed ‘genome, or new DNA’? What your take on this? Please, share.

Next post – XXI century: in search of Utopia 



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34 Responses

  1. Lord help the universe 😐👽🛸🛸

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Agreed. Sad all this… 😶🤔

      • We begin with good intentions, but then our greed and lust emerge and our thirst for power perverts the good we intended. Are we born pure and free of ill? I don’t know. Maybe that slap on the butt pisses us off and we vow revenge on world for pulling us from the comfort and safety of the womb 🤔🙄

        • Victoria Ray NB says:

          I couldn’t say it better! 👌👍👍👍 let me add, I don’t think we’ll win this game*

  2. For the record, I doubt aliens, if they exist, are any better than we are.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      😉😬 yeah, “kindhearted aliens”… looks like oxymoron:)))

  3. I’m 15+ but I look 40ish. I hope that’s ok with you.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      mmm 🤔 shouldn’t we wait until 16+? :)) the book is still going to be here…

      • I’ll tell you when I grow up.

        In the meantime…I just finished watching Tikhiy Don, a mini series from 2015. Oh my, it’s impressive. I have to reread the book now. I was a teenager when I read it. I need a fresh perspective. Grown-up eyes.

        • Victoria Ray NB says:

          Haha, deal!

          I love Tikhiy Don, I think I watched only old movie (made-in-USSR). It’s a powerful drama… I’d like to reread the books some day too, maybe this autumn-winter ☀️

          • Absolutely. We were too young and impatient when we read it. I remember finding it somewhat boring back then. Now I loved every line of it.
            And if you can find the series, make sure you watch it. It won some important national award for the best series that year, and, interestingly, the jewelry and furniture used are all original, gathered from museums, gallerias and private collections.

          • Victoria Ray NB says:

            My mum watched it, I think she told me about it too – jewelry & furniture… and absolutely agree about rereading 🙂 we often see it with different eyes

          • And my mom let me know about it. Hail our moms!

          • Victoria Ray NB says:

            Haha 😆 yessss

  4. You raise an interesting topic in item 3, something I haven’t seen addressed very often in sci-fi stories. That could be a second approach to humans living on other planets/moons. One approach would be to build sealed habitats on our moon, then Mars, then out from there. At the same time, scientists could experiment with ways for humans to survive on those other planets/moons without the need for sealed habitats. Scientists already genetically engineer plants to make them more resistant to disease. Some scientists could be so curious, they try to find similar solutions to humans. (Like the curiosity to clone animals.) I enjoy reading sci-fi stories, but those are flights of imagination. I’d rather stay here on Earth. I’ll take surgeries and medications to help heal me against diseases. But I wouldn’t want scientists to mess with me so I could breathe underwater without equipment.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Well, as I understood, they* (don’t ask who r they lol) don’t want to build “sealed habitats”, mmmm, maybe 🤔 in the beginning, but in the long run – humans should be able to live outside & survive. Mason (the author of the book) states that the first phase been already completed between 2010 and 2020 = a detailed study of the human genome #done. The second phase, which he proposes will be completed over the next 20 years, is dedicated to engineering of genomes for (attention!!) “successful integration into human cells of a gene known to promote protection from radiation on other planets.”

  5. I don’t think there will ever be a large population of humans on Mars. Unlike Earth, the planet no longer has a magnetic field to shield life from harmful radiation.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      In the book mentioned above, (under #3), the author states it’s possible lol he writes =>> there’s a scientific project which involves a series of long-term trials of human and cellular engineering, which he anticipates could be completed between 2041 and 2100, that focus on enhancing our genomic defenses to space radiation. I believe it might take even longer… but I’m sure there’s a plan to mess* with, or change, our genome 🧬

  6. Enjoy your time off, finishing up your book, Victoria. June isn’t that far away! And good luck in your search for reading.
    Regarding #3, I imagine that I may live to see human colonization on the moon (?). But I do hope that we can get our acts together and work on saving our home world. That should be a no-brainer. 😀 Have a wonderful productive week.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      True, June is almost here ;)) & thank you 😊 I believe the majority of population will agree with you !! 👍👍

  7. I think the human condition is such that no stone will be left unturned to maintain the viability of the species. If this means another planet or system I think bright minds will figure it out. Having said that I’m glad I am know too old to witness that occurrence.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Agreed 100% & I’m glad I’m too old to witness that… bcz I don’t think it will be done ✅ in my life time, earliest after 2100-2200 🙂 so let’s enjoy the ride, breathe – live – write 😉

  8. Nobody will ever live on Venus, as it is much too hostile to life and we should take better care of Earth. We will probably just mess up every place that we go to, as that seems to be mankind’s way of doing things.

  9. Sorryless says:

    I say we send all the people who suck to Mars. But the problem becomes . . who decides?

  10. markbierman says:

    All the best with your new release, Victoria. I live in rural Canada, but no stories in this setting that I can recommend. I hear you on the environmental issues, even out here, I’m constantly picking up garbage thrown in the ditches and woods. We are a very destructive species.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Thank you 😊 Yes, strange… but very difficult to find crime novels in this (rural) setting. I’ll ask on GR this week, too.

      Yeah, it’s sad, that we r forgetting we r part of Nature as well…

  11. kinkyacres says:

    Staying put here with my licorice, root beer and old playboy magazines!