bears repeating [multiple pictures of a bear]Well, maybe it doesn’t. But there really wasn’t anything going on on Saturday. Cleaning and laundry, and trying to organize some stuff.

Also read Flash Forward, by Robert J. Sawyer. This is a fairly standard sci-fi story which starts off with a physics experiment causing everyone on earth to have a 2-minute vision of whatever they would be doing 20 years from now. Sawyer then explores what this tiny slice of foresight does to society, science, and his main characters.

It’s reasonably well done. However, I don’t think all of it rang true. Two of the events in the book did seem totally plausible, though. First, when the experiment happened, for 2 minutes, everyone on earth was unconscious and unmoving. Tens of thousands of car accidents and 8 plane crashes happened during this time, and many people died. When the book’s protagonist says, “I think I know what caused the crisis. We should probably go public with the info,” his boss’s boss replies, “Are you NUTS? If we do that, we’re going to get sued!!!” Second, one of the minor characters is a writer. His vision of himself 20 years in the future shows him not as a nationally recognized author, but as a waiter in a tourist trap. This depresses him so much that he kills himself.

If saying, “You cannot have the dreams you want most.  NOT YOURS!” to a group of people and backing that up with force would drive people to suicide, then the suicide rates for any oppressed minority group anywhere would be much higher than statistics says they are.  And really, hundreds of millions of people worldwide live without any chance of achieving anything other than mediocrity.  So I think what the author intended for readers to think was, “This minor character is totally overreacting.”