Winona Cheung was dripping wet as she made the difficult climb up the cliff face. She had just plummeted twelve meters into a crystal clear mountain lake and it had been exhilarating. She heard a loud whoop and in her peripheral vision saw the flash of a naked body fly past. Judging by the merest glimpse of long blond hair it was Jens. She looked down to see the splash of water as he disappeared under and holding on using just one hand she waited to see him resurface. One minute, two, three, four. She looked up to see [...]
This is an excellent overview - super intelligent humans are coming - of the issue of genetically enhanced intelligence. Sci-fi suffers from a deep prejudice about intelligence. The super intelligent are either mad scientists or emotionless Spocks. Whilst it is true that some with high intelligence in one area can be lacking in other areas (the socially awkward nerd) the reality is that people with a high intelligence are usually gifted in most areas.
This is a complex topic. I only touch on it in 'Paradise', simply because such complexity would distract from the narrative. It is also a subject easily confused by conspiracy theories. The book Dark Money by journalist Jane Mayer is an accurate and thorough examination of how the elites manipulate public policy. It examines the network set up by the infamous US based Koch brothers, but similar networks exist in other economies. There is no one great conspiracy, but rather a complex of competing conspiracies. Corporations already attack each other through aggressive takeovers, legislative traps (aided by compliant politicians controlled by [...]
Okay, a confession (perhaps a spoiler), Paradise owes a lot to the Huxley's - Julian and Aldous. There are elements of Brave New World and Island in Paradise. There have been attempts made at filming Brave New World, but they usually falter at an accurate depiction, usually stumbling over the radical and frank approach to sexuality. We'll have to wait and see about this attempt by Ida Kar,photograph,1959 .
Part of Paradise is set in the near future. As I've been doing research I have been surprised at how quickly things are happening. I do not want to suggest that I have prescience - most of these things are logical extrapolations of current trends. Rather, it's the speed of change. Here is an interesting article about the increasing use of mercenary armies .