Science fiction, or speculative fiction, is very often used as a vehicle to try to explain why we as humans are, well, quite so boneheaded. As hard as we try to understand reality, it is often so much easier, and less painful, to have our inexplicable realities and frailties wrapped in a sugary dose of fantasy. It aids in digestion.
What resides at the bottom of a second bottle of Shiraz? I had the occasion, albeit under the very heavy influence of a bottle or two of an extremely pleasant Shiraz, to stumble upon a rather tall gentleman with an odd outlook on life. Well, odd in the fact that he was rumoured to be dead, but we’ll come to