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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.


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.


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: the Vietnam connection

I’m delighted to see today that I’ve had the first five hits on this website from Vietnam.  Greetings, and a humble welcome, to my Vietnamese readers.

Biotime Cover

Vietnam plays an important role in Biotime. It is the home to the unhappy Sue Phu, eight times a mother, who first appears in Biotime excerpt 17: “California? Meet Vietnam“.  Her story continues in excerpt 18: “The man in the boat arrives – with a “Peace” tattoo“; and excerpt 19: “Sue Phu sells her baby boy“.  Sue Phu’s infant appears again at the end of excerpt 21, “A severed hand, transfixed by a knife”; and excerpt 22,”By now, the baby’s arm was thick with needles“, in which the child is named “Tho” and things are looking pretty bleak for him.  After that, Tho disappears for a while; but never fear – he will resurface, along with Martha O’Leary, Athena, KY Sutanto and many other of the larger-than-life characters who populate Biotime.

If you want to read the entire astonishing story, start with Biotime complete.  To read about the philosophical underpinnings of the novel, see 7 ways my sci-fi novel Biotime explains the meaning of life. And for a discussion of where creativity comes from, see 5 ways my novel Biotime shows wealth and creativity can’t mix.

Biotime.  It’s like ogres.  Layers upon layers upon layers.

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