May 2nd, 2015

The Red Tree

"For now, I can only guess what's coming next by examining your timid smile."

It's sunny and 52˚F out there, on May 2. But at least there's some green now.

Work yesterday consisted of sorting through one of the boxes of high school and college papers, trying to make sense of things I've not seen in thirty years or more, putting manuscript pages in their proper order (when possible), approximating dates on undated pages. We'll have to go to the storage unit early next week and retrieve more boxes. Also, I've spoken with Bill Schafer at Subterranean Press, and I'm going to be putting together a short collection – four or five stories, plus a couple or three poems – from this brittle vault of juvenilia. I plan on delivering the ms. to him in July, before we move. Details TBA.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions.

Thursday was the one-month anniversary (if we say a month is thirty days) since we left the cabin in Woodstock. It's missed, and it seems like it's been much, much longer ago than a month since we headed back to Rhode Island.

Once again, I didn't get enough sleep. Maybe five good hours, and all that after sunrise.

And that's all for now. Nothing much of substance to say, and so...

Aunt Beast
The Red Tree

Among My Nightmares

I was born into an overpopulated world. In May 1964, there were ~3,263,738,832 human beings on the planet.

Currently, there are ~7,324,782,225 human beings on the planet, 4,061,043,393 more people than on the year of my birth.

By the year 2050, we can expect the global human population to have reached ~9,550,944,891.

Democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies. ~ Isaac Asimov (17 October 1988)

But humans continue to breed, heedlessly, recklessly, thoughtlessly. Ignorantly. At the cost of not only the future of our own species, but the future of the entire biosphere.

But who needs bees, right?

Yours Truly,
Aunt Beast

Source: UN, Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2013). World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision. Note: 1950-2010 are estimates and from 2011-2050 are projected populations in the medium-fertility variant.

Graphic via Wikipedia.