On 1st September, 1939, Adolf Hitler signed an order authorising the mass murder of German citizens who were identified as physically or mentally disabled. It was the only such authority for enforced euthanasia that Hitler put his name to. The initial target was to be children up to the age of 3. The campaign was … Continue reading Life Unworthy of Life – The Euthanasia of the Disabled in Nazi Germany
I very much enjoyed the 1987 movie starring Steve Martin and John Candy, but that is not what I am writing about. In my book, Eugenica, the protagonists use planes, trains, and automobiles to escape their pursuers. Well, actually they use the singular of each of those modes of transport. One plane, a De Havilland … Continue reading Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Back in February, 2018, I posted a reprise of my third novel, ‘Eugenica’. I had just finished writing ‘Mesozoic’, a science fiction book that included one of my long-time passions, dinosaurs, and as usual I wanted a change of literary scene. I went back to Eugenica because of all my works it is the one … Continue reading Eugenica Revisited…Again!
This something of a reprise, or perhaps a reflection, on my experiences of writing ‘Eugenica’ and what has followed since the book appeared in the Amazon Kindle market. They say that reflective learning can be useful but it is not something that I can say that I have done consciously, and it may very well … Continue reading After the Dust has Settled
“So what is your next book about?” “Eugenics.” “Eugenics, what’s that?” “Put simply the idea that if you breed good with good you get better.” “Why on earth would you want to write about that?” “Good question!” That is a brief account of a conversation that I had very recently. The person I was talking … Continue reading Why on Earth Would You Want to Write about Eugenics?