People from all over the world are evolving with Darwin’s Paradox…. Artists, construction workers, teachers, students, healers, entrepreneurs, councillors, and shop-keepers … all journeying together toward the singularity.
Look who’s here today: Brighton UK resident George Rottner. George was born and bred in Brighton. He’s been married to his wife Jean for the last 57 years and they are anticipating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary in 2016.
George is a retired valuation officer with the local district council. He and Jean became grandparents nine years ago and George tells me that the grandchildren “keep us very busy, as every day they get a little bit faster, whilst we get a little bit slower.”
Maybe that’s what brings him to Brighton’s Palace Pier to read. And what better book than Darwin’s Paradox to accompany him as he relaxes in front of the Pier. Darwin’s Paradox is about the evolution of humanity; Brighton Pier is the culmination of Pier evolution from the original Chain Pier built in 1823 to the current pier that stands there today.
Brighton’s Palace Pier (now called Brighton Pier) has been a main attraction since it opened in 1899. Designed by R. St. Moore, it was built to replace the old Chain Pier, which was damaged by fire and hurricane in 1836 then finally destroyed and swept away in 1896 by a violent storm. The oriental domes and delicate filigree arches of Brighton Pier give it an exotic air. Built with a kind of gay carnival atmosphere, Brighton Pier contains a variety of typical amusements such as a fortune teller, shooting gallery, dodgems, helter skelter and ghost train. The Palm Court Café reflects Victorian elegance, complete with string quartet. Victoria’s Bar celebrates the age in grand style.
The Royal Pavilion was originally built as a home for the Prince Regent in the early 19th century. Built under the direction of architect John Nash, it’s Indo-Saracentic architecture and Oriental interior are striking. And there’s George—again—enjoying the ambience of this exotic place whilst reading his book of choice…Darwin’s Paradox. Paradox, indeed!
Darwin’s Paradox is an environmental technological thriller about the evolution of humanity, technology and our planet. This science fiction thriller is all about paradox. This year the World Fantasy Convention comes to Brighton October 31 to November 3 (hosted by the Hilton Brighton Metropole). Brighton has already hosted several World Fantasy Conventions (in 1988 and 1997). Honorary guest of honour is Richard Matheson with other guest of honour being Joanne Harris, Joe Hill, and Richard Christian Matheson. Other special guests include Brian W. Aldiss, Tessa Farmer and Robert Lloyd Parry with special appearance by Sir Terry Pratchet.
For fantasy and science fiction writers, readers and general fans, Brighton, England, is the place to be this October. And that’s where George—and Darwin’s Paradox—are. Thanks, George!
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Photos (except historical photo) by Pamela Holden.