It’s been a while since my last diary entry, so I thought I’d post a few updates. I’m making good progress with my PhD and hope to have a first draft of sorts ready in time for Christmas. I’m also still working on various publishing projects, including a piece in Blade Runner 2049 and Philosophy, and two chapters in a book on 1960s science fiction. Continue reading
I’ve just recently received the first bulk order of The Darkest Hour ready for launch, and have to say I’m really pleased with the results. The hardbacks look particularly good, and were definitely worth the extra investment. Continue reading
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt during my PhD it’s that truth is very often stranger than fiction.
I’ve just recently finished reading Thomas M. Disch’s Camp Concentration (1968), in which prisoners in the United States are injected with a form of syphilis in order to boost their intelligence. Strange as this may sound, it’s nothing compared with real life.
In 1972, whistle-blower Peter Buxtun revealed the that the US Public Health Service had been conducting secret studies on African-Americans, in the now infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment. The study started in 1932 and ran for over 40 years without the participants knowing they had the disease, and without them ever being treated with penicillin.
Of course, Disch couldn’t have known about the Tuskegee experiments when he was writing in the 1960s, but this revelation sure does make you think. Continue reading
The Darkest Hour is really starting to take shape now. I’ve just signed off on my cover design and internal formatting for the paperback and hardback versions. Continue reading
If I were to ask you to think of an image relating to the Vietnam War, I am sure most people will conjure the famous image of the young girl running naked towards the camera; or perhaps the Saigon execution, or even the photo of the burning monk. But there’s another photo from Vietnam that deserves our attention – one that I can’t believe I hadn’t seen until just recently. Continue reading