What would Gagarin think?

The BBC has today reported that a statue of Yuri Gagarin is to be erected in London. Exactly why that smoggy, overpopulated tinderbox of crime and debauchery has chosen to honour a man so intrinsically Russian is beyond me, but reading the story provoked my mind into reflection on the man and his achievements, and the state of contemporary space exploration in general.

As a lover of space and sci-fi, I of course greatly respect the achievements of Gagarin, the first man to actually go to space.  He went first where few have been, and where most will never go. His eyes beheld a view that the rest of us can only dream of, or find quite easily on Google Images.

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No, I do not think this is ‘totally random’

This recent, lazily regurgitated, report on a national newspaper website was drawn to my attention on a number of occasions in the last few weeks. In each instance the associate alerting me the report expressed ignorance of my astoundingly prescient Ant! Zombies! project. Instead, they would usually claim that they “saw [the story] online and thought [I] might find [aforesaid story] interesting.”

Whilst the woeful incuriousness of these people could explain why none have yet partaken of even the shortest vignettes contained within Ant! Zombies!: The First Anthology, I can think of no obvious reason as to why they felt I would find this story “interesting”.

I find it chilling.

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