The swarm

They flew in perfect formation. Thousands of them, rotors buzzing like an angry swarm of gigantic wasps. Not to record some wedding video or news report. No, this was the end of humanity.

Ebola - Black Death 2.0?

A nasty disease lurks in the hot African jungle that could spread rapidly around the world, thanks to the miracle of jet age technology and globalisation.

It burns you up in a searing fever and makes you bleed from your eyes, ears, nose and rectum. There is little hope of survival, and if you do it leaves you scarred for life and can come back at any moment. Even your eyes can change colour.

Is a global pandemic inevitable? Even a natural consequence of a human population explosion out of control?

Will human numbers be naturally culled to save the planet? A US woman died recently and no antibiotic on the planet could save her from a killer superbug.

We are not yet a two planet species and have yet to unlock the door to space exploration. Our current world can only take so many souls.

Exoskeletons in Suburbia

You are standing in a quiet suburb of the near future. Maybe fifty or a hundred years away. How will things have changed in terms of transport?

Certainly the noise of fossil fuel engines will be gone, replaced by quiet self driving cars making up mass transit systems. Emitting sleek, scifi sounds to warn pedestrians. Some head out on special lines towards the edge of the city to link up with the Hyperloop.

What of those bipedal pedestrians? The young and able will still be using their limbs to move but what of the old? Will the omnipresent mobility scooter be a distant memory, replaced by legions of the old strutting around in whirring exoskeletons? Who no longer need a helping hand across the street and if you try to steal that old lady's handbag she'll punch you like Iron Man.

More likely these descendants of the children now playing around us will be using self driving cars door to door. Perhaps aided by a humanoid care assistant to their home.

You'll notice that white…

25 amazing facts about China

China's huge workforce and abundant natural resources have driven massive economic change.About a third of the population lives in cities, while the remainder live in the countryside.At 6,300 kilometres long, the Yangtze is the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the world.China experiences typhoons each year and also suffers from floods, tsunamis, earthquakes and droughts.China has recently abandoned its one child policy.China has the world's largest standing army and second-largest defense budget. They've currently got the Pentagon and Japan very worried about their activities in the South China Sea.China is about the same size as the continental USA.China is home to a cluster of ancient rock pillars called the Stone Forest.China is the 3rd largest country by area at 9,706,961 sq km (3,747,879 sq miles).China is the second largest economy in the world, after the United States of America. It overtook Japan's back in 2010.China was humiliated for many years …


'Come on Ethan!' the bigger boy said. 'We can't wait here all day. I'm hungry!'

'Just a little longer said the little one. Any moment now and it'll come back.'

'Too late. I'm going.' Daniel trudged off through the puddles, kicking mud and water as he went.

'Wait! look - it's shifting again!'

Daniel spun round. The ad on the billboard was shimmering, changing.

Golden fields of rye filled the screen.

'That's it! Run now! Quick!'

They both ran and reach out their fingers towards the sunlit field.

'Ethan!' screamed Daniel, as his friend was sucked upwards and disappeared into the landscape.

The field started to fade. the old ad reappeared.

He hadn't made it, if only he hadn't given up at the last moment. been too far away.

He cried under the gloomy light. Still trapped in the gloomy urban wasteland.

'Ethan!, remember me!'

Sobbing, he walked back home alone.

Jobcentre visit in 2150

Joe scanned down the list of jobs while waiting to see his cyborg career adviser. Jeez, with all my body enhancements they're gonna make me work until 110. What do we have today?
spacecraft mechanic

off world soldier

underwater city welder

care worker - must be prepared to work with 200 year old patients....

Garbage Shifter