Visions of 2020

It’s no secret that for decades publishing houses have been cheating the system. A quick google of ‘best seller scandal’ returns over 5 million results detailing plot after pot of publishers and their cohorts cheating the system by bulk purchasing their own books to improve their ranking, or employing other companies to do so in their stead. So next time a major author or publisher bemoans the failing sales or ‘industry crisis’ maybe they should look inwards. After all, they’ve only got themselves to blame.   After much consideration, bribery, gratuity and schmoozing, we can release the winner for the VISIONS OF 2020 Award. Congratulations to Joey To. Joey’s ‘Uranus Journal’ is a tongue-in-cheek (which cheek? -Ed) deliberation on current trends. Absurdist, but still relevant. As one judge described it: “I …

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Publishers have been clamoring for anything to do with the recent Palace tragedy; this is especially clear in the list for this week. Harry Potter is finally toppled, and a surprise or two round out the top ten. ThisWeek   LastWeek WeeksOn List   10 Diana : Beyond the Grave – Shirley MacLaine (Bloomsbury and Rowling, ?0.5493)MacLaine re-imagines interviews with Princess Diana in her lifetime, plus bonus “beyond the grave” content. Re-entry 12   9 First Man – William Clinton (Harvard Press, ?0.5493)US President Hilary Clinton’s husband tells his story from President, to Diplomat, to Statesman, to “plus-one”. 3 107   8 Diana : Her Story – Andrew Morton (Simon & Schuster, ?0.3135)Essentially a ghost-written autobiography, Morton interviewed the Princess of Wales to expose the truth of her daily life …

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Visions of 2020 Competition Leather Bound Tracey Ulrich takes us inside Queensland Premier Campbell Newman’s cabinet in an exclusive look at the three years that destroyed the Queensland arts and culture scene. Ulrich’s pain is clear and her regret at not being able to do something while working for the State Government is palpable. Microchip for a Mind Hally is the first fully independent and individual robot. Behind her metal and silicon exterior, nestled somewhere inside a mess of wires and chips is an intelligent and questioning mind. Her debut essay tries to answer the questions that would keep her awake at night if only she ever needed to sleep. Sandwich, Anyone? In the last decade, over four hundred cooking programs have been made. Fads like macaroons, deconstructed meals and …

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Reader’s Poll – Top books of 2020 Thank you dear readers for voting. As always, your choices delight and surprise us. Only two classic novels make it into the top five this year. So without further ado…drum roll… 1. Putin – Megalomaniac or Superhero, Christina Gorbachev Two years after his assassination at the hands of a Crimean rebel, Christina Gorbachev examines Putin’s achievements, comparing them with those of Stalin and other famous Russian leaders. This is a good attempt to explain Putin’s actions to puzzled Westerners. 2 Lily, JK Rowling Surely all that needed to be said about a certain boy wizard has already been said? A resounding ‘No’, from you, the readers. So this is it, Harry Potter the prequel. Someone more cynical than me might say that JK …

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January 2020: Tomorrow’s Future Today by Francis Fukuyama [3,400 copies sold] Author of The End of History assures us that this time history really has ended as we enter an age of peace and prosperity. February Love and Lasers by David Horst [12,780] Horst’s debut science-fiction novel originally written as fanfiction of One Dark and Mysterious Night, which was originally fanfiction of 50 Shades of Grey, which was originally fanfiction of Twilight, delivers the best of all these novels with vampires, romance, mystery and lasers. March The Resurgence of IS: Where the West went South by Someone Someone [4,677] A testament to Western failure in the 2015-2017 Syria-Iraq War that provides a chilling account of recent IS expansion into North Africa and Southern Europe. April Asian Century Decade by Joseph …

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5: The Bible (Revised Progressivist Version) The RPV is thinner than previous versions but it’s still pretty thick so it’s nonetheless suitable as tinder or a dust-collecting paperweight. This modernized translation by Bishop Ferulci includes more vernacular and slang, a popular version by a popular man who’s advocated innumerable progressivist liberal reforms in and outside of the church. 4: Magical Cocktails of the Galaxy The Lunar City Times calls this “the most complete cocktail recipe collection in the galaxy” and, for once, we agree with them. With over 6000 cocktails—including one with Martian Gin sprinkled with fizzy dust from Farian 7—you’ll never have trouble getting as wrecked as an overloading hyper-drive. The holo-version comes with hi-res slow-mo demos in case you’re already too plastered to read. 3: When Two Or …

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