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When waiting for a Red London bus is pure pleasure

I wrote last week how we all have a limited number of years, months, weeks and days to live.

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My blog Read this now – before you waste more of your precious life pointed out that most of us feel short of time; and are not sure how to spend what time we have.

So what would happen in a world where some people were able to live for hundreds of years.  What leisure activities would they seek?  Read on:

Edited excerpt from “Biotime” Chapter 15

KY Sutanto had visited London many times. But this was his first venture to the district called “South of the River”. (more…)

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Red London buses and the meaning of life

We all have a limited number of years, months, weeks and days to live.

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So why should we spend that time waiting for a red London bus?

My recent blog Read this now – before you waste more of your precious life pointed out that most of us feel short of time; and are not sure how to spend what time we have.  I also noted that my novel Biotime (hit link to read) explored 5 ways wealth and creativity can’t mix (links in bold italics are to other posts on this site).

The conclusions of Biotime are good news for poor people.

So where do London buses come in? (more…)

Read this now – before you waste more of your precious life

Have you ever wondered: “what shall I do today?”

Or even: “what shall I do now?”

It’s one of life’s mysteries that:

– we all have a limited number of years, months, weeks and days to live;

– we all want to make the most of that time;

– many of us feel short of time to do the things we want;

– and yet… when we do have some free time, we’re not sure what to do with it.

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It depends how you look at it.  Anish Kapoor in Istanbul.  Photo: Robert Pimm

Part of the problem is excess choice.  Twenty years ago, I had a job where I flew regularly between London and the Far East in business class.  I had a busy job, and I used to relish the thought of a 15-hour flight with no disturbances and a host of pleasures on-tap.  But when I settled down into my comfy seat on the plane, I sometimes found myself overwhelmed by a kind of existential panic.  Should I (more…)

Biotime: 5 juicy quotations

My new novel, Biotimeis coming. It’s like 1984 with jokes.

Imagine a world where you can transfer life from one human being to another for cash.

Biotime is a life-exchange fluid of which one gram equals one year.  The rich can buy life expectancy from the poor and live for ever.  But, Biotime is so valuable – $3 million dollars a gram when the main story opens – that no-one need ever be poor again.  If you’re short of money, sell some life expectancy. What could go wrong?

Everything. 

Biotime has created horrific new crimes and warped societies – some more than others.

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Morro Bay, California, features in Biotime – Photo Robert Pimm

As part of creating the world of Biotime I start each chapter with a quotation. Many quote One Lifers – people who refuse to consume Biotime, believing this makes them more creative than Biotime users (who they call “sleepers”). One Lifers change their names to reflect their beliefs.

But the first quote in the book is by a real person.  It’s Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios.  He said:

1. “Death is very likely the single best invention of Life.”

Do you want to live forever?  Think carefully about your answer.  And remember Tithonus.

Here are four other quotations from the chapter headings in Biotime:

2.  “Why swap wives when you can swap lives?” – Sunday Times, 7 July 2031

3.  “For most people, the word “progress” implies forward motion. But “progress” doesn’t always take you forwards.”  One Lifer Hope Deadman

4.  “Chimaeric Brain Mouse Speaks Out: ‘I WANT MY BABIES TO BE HUMAN BEINGS!'”  Schlaraffenland Chronicle

5.  “EXTREME SUFFERING JUSTIFIES EXTREME MEASURES” – One Life Army atrocity verification code

Over the coming weeks I shall publish more tasters from Biotime.  If you’re interested in hearing more, follow this blog by e-mail (Home Page, top right, “click here”); or follow me on Twitter @RobertPimm (Home Page, left hand side).  It’ll be a fun ride.

NB I owe the title of this blog to some good advice from the Moz Blog.  Check it out.

Biotime, my new novel: yes please!

‘I told my gal the future looked a scary place to be.

She said

Don’t worry Dad, it’s cancelled.

I saw it on TV.’

When someone transforms the 10,290 residents of the Hughes Procreation Center in Santa Monica into what journalists describe as a gigantic dried-up clam and tomato dip spiced with Tabasco, the media at once blame the One Life Army, a terrorist organisation opposed to the use of Biotime.  But enforcement agent Jake Moonrath is sure that he has witnessed a Biotime crime.

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In a world where terrorism is privatised and tightly regulated, Jake believes Hughes is linked to volatility in the price of Biotime, a life-exchange fluid of which one gram equals one year and whose value now forms the backbone of the US financial system.  Whoever has destroyed Hughes has also murdered every one of Jake’s Biotime enforcement colleagues in the Home Security Bureau of the Central Authority of the United States.  Only Jake has escaped – and now they’re coming for him.

To survive, Jake must unravel a plot which takes in Santa Monica, Harlem, Uzbekistan, Laos, London, Warsaw, Pandang and, finally, Vienna.  He must learn how mortality affects creativity;  (more…)

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