Hobbes' personality[ edit ] Hobbes is seen in two differentiating perspectives. Calvin perceives him as a live tiger and a best friend, capable of speech and independent action. To everybody else, he is an inanimate stuffed tiger.
Here is Mister Brooks to talk about his newest, Street Freaks.
Street Freaks is no exception — and yet at the same time it is. Street Freaks is different. I call the book a futuristic thriller. On a quick reading, I think you would agree with this designation.
There is a kind of weird and poignant love story. There is a vision of the future that suggests the United States will break apart and become the United Territories.
There are transmats aka matter transporters by which we can now send our bodies to any point on the planet. Vehicles fly, but throwback versions of dragsters and muscle cars from an earlier time still race on the composite surfaces of city streets.
There are elite police units with a license to kill.
More important to me than all of these are my efforts to address recognizable social issues that exist today and will almost certainly exist in the future in spite of all our efforts to change the culture.
They will wear new clothes and speak different languages and morph into different forms, but they will still be with us. Prejudice is not about to go away because we decry the inhumanity and unfairness of it.
Efforts to control people through government oversight are not going to become outdated or shunned by revelations of misuse.
Prejudices centering on race, sexual orientation, nationality and religion are here to stay. They have been with us since the first humans walked the earth, and they are with us still.
If you want to address the problems they pose, you have to come to terms with the reason they persist. My solution to such conundrums has always been to write a story. I decided to write this particular story as a way to showing how things might evolve, but not with any intention of solving the problem.
So let me start at the beginning, because it took a long time to put the bones of the story together with sufficient clarity that I could attempt to write it.
I can trace the nescient stages back to when my grandson was participating in a Christmas pageant, and my wife and I were there to lend support.
It had been years since I had gone to something like this — our kids long since grown — and what startled me was how different the audience was.
I remember thinking that this was the future — not only of this state or this country but also of the world. Technology in communications, social media and travel was making it possible for a One World future to become a reality.
But what were the challenges to making this happen? All sorts of prejudices. I decided to write about how prejudice of any form would always provide a challenge to common decency and the resilience of the human spirit.
I wanted to write about what other prejudices might supplant the ones of race, nationality, sexuality and religion that were slowly becoming less and less of a hindrance to people understanding one another and accepting their differences.
One thing led to another. What, I asked myself, will be the prejudice of the future, and what will bring it about?The quantum world is a weird one. In theory and to some extent in practice its tenets demand that a particle can appear to be in two places at once—a paradoxical phenomenon known as.
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