Book review, Opinion, Philosophy, Science, science fiction

The Universal Consents of Things: Francis Bacon’s visions of the future

I thought I’d take a scenic diversion from more modern science fiction, and touch upon some far older predictions of future science: those found in the works of the early 17th century statesman Francis Bacon, justly famous for his works on improving human knowledge, and considered an early “modern” scientist. I’m focusing on his 1626 Utopian fable, New Atlantis (which may be downloaded for free from Project Gutenberg here). This uncompleted piece, in which he outlines the plans for a scientific research institute (“Salomon’s house”), is interesting enough just for that, but there are some prescient and occasionally astonishing predictions for future science in there as well, both as descriptions of what the inhabitants of his imaginary island are engaged in researching, and as possible future projects, which is what I’ll be looking at.

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The Girl with all the Gifts review (spoilers!)

The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey  was one of those books that had blipped on my radar as something people were raving about, and, in my usual contrary way, immediately made me averse to actually getting it myself. A kind friend then gave it to me for Christmas so I could see what all the fuss was about. (Here be spoilers, don’t say I didn’t warn you).

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