The best recent science fiction and fantasy – reviews roundup
This tale of star-crossed lovers, together and apart from 2011 to 2033, moving from London and Ireland to Iceland, Greenland and Polynesian islands, marries magic realism to solid, near-future speculative fiction. Hopeland, which heroine Raisa belongs to, is the name of an “open family community” of more than 220,000 individuals. It’s neither a nation nor a cult: anyone can join or leave, and call for help from their “kynn” anywhere in the world. The title hints at hopes for a more promising future for those worst affected by the climate crisis. One strand, set in the imaginary South Pacific kingdom of Ava’utapu, feels eerily prescient. A few months ago, Tuvalu, population 12,000, became the first country to announce it’s creating a virtual replica of itself in the cloud, so it will still be recognised as a nation when its land is beneath the sea. An essential work of climate fiction.
Representing Nigeria big motivation for me
I just like the feel of going fast and I like rollercoasters and all that, just going fast. I enjoy the feel of it. So, when I was younger, I always used to be interested in Formula 1, always used to watch the races and then afterwards, I was very interested. So, I asked my parents for the F1 game and I enjoyed it, I was quite good at it. I also went out karting on my birthdays, most years, with my dad and friends and I was good at it. So, I knew I always wanted to be a professional. So, me and my dad contacted the Nigerian affiliate for the governing body for FIA in Nigeria, the Automobike and Touring Club of Nigeria, and we asked them if they had any Nigerian representing Nigeria at the Academy Trophy, and luckily, they gave us a space for the FIA Karting academy in 2021.
Marina Ovsyannikova says she still fears for her life
Marina Ovsyannikova, the former Russian state TV editor who famously interrupted a live news broadcast to protest against the start of the Ukraine war, has described her “chaotic” escape from house arrest in Moscow and how she fled across Europe to seek asylum in France.
NON-FICTION : The price of myopia
In a few sentences, Feroz Hassan Khan’s remarkable book Subcontinent Adrift: Strategic Futures of South Asia sums up Pakistan’s strategic culture and thinking, stating that Pakistan tends to view everything through an India-centric lens. Pakistan sees itself as the underdog and India as the hegemon itching to inflict a major military defeat on Pakistan.
Mammals that live in groups may live longer, longevity research suggests
For mammals, one secret to a long life may be spending it living with friends and family. An analysis of the life spans and social lives of nearly 1,000 mammal species shows that species that live in groups, such as horses and chimpanzees, tend to live longer than solitary beasts, like weasels and hedgehogs. The finding suggests that life span and social traits are evolutionarily entwined in mammals, researchers report January 31 in Nature Communications.
Where’s the longevity funding going?
One of the most striking findings of our recent Annual Longevity Investment Report was that the vast majority of longevity funding (80%) is concentrated into just five of the 25 domains that make up the field. The data shows that cellular reprogramming, discovery platforms, longevity drugs, rejuvenation and regeneration are the domains that attracted some $4 billion of the total investment in 2022.
Restrict calories to live longer, study says
People of normal weight may be able to extend their life span by restricting calories, according to a new study that attempted to measure the pace of aging in people asked to cut their calorie intake by 25% over two years.
Why Chinese companies are investing billions in Mexico
Tracing a path forged by Japanese and South Korean companies, Chinese firms are establishing factories that allow them to label their goods “Made in Mexico,” then trucking their products into the United States duty-free.
Persado Hails 2023 ‘The Year of Motivation’
Rejuvenation, Timelessness, and Convenience Revealed in New Report as Key Marketing Themes for Motivating Consumers NEW YORK--(Motivation Artificial Intelligence (AI) company that generates personalized communications at scale, today released its 2023 Customer Motivation Report, highlighting the impact of specific narratives on marketing campaign performance.