Pandemic response post #2

Hello, readers!

I’ve been neglecting my fiction writing and focusing on science, and finding a second job. I have one but it hasn’t been paying much.

I wrote something I’m pretty happy with, which I think could be useful, and it’s in my science project blog, here. Basically, it’s a way to use the fact that COVID-19 spreads rapidly and lots of people have probably been exposed to look at clinical trial data for existing clinical trials in a new way. We might be able to get a shortcut to finding treatments that work to combat this virus, and we need all the help we can get.

I wrote to a number of clinical trial companies, ministries of health, newspapers, and now I wait to see if what I’ve thought of finds an audience, and if it will actually be useful. It’s a very simple but potentially powerful idea.

I’m happy to report that my bipolar dreams have been getting a little more normal, so no new story ideas so far (other than my last post’s, which is fairly obvious). I’m keeping up all my disturbing posts (mainly these are from my “Hamlet’s play” series) partly because these may be entertaining, but also because, well, it is in theory possible that some of the events I’ve recalled which I based these posts on could have happened- I do not know, I may never know, and so I’m leaving them where they are just in case they are seen by the guilty parties, and they manage to reveal themselves in their reactions. The dreams about Trump were probably informed by the news, but again, I’m leaving them where they are because it’s frankly a lot of work to go back and edit every post to remove every reference. And… you never know, maybe he did phone me.

In any case, I hope very much to get back to writing fiction soon, and I’m very pleased with today’s idea- I hope that it can be useful.

Pandemic response post

Hello, readers! My mind is on the current pandemic, as is everyone else’s, I think.

I had a pretty neat idea just now, which draws upon actual dreams I have been having.

Suppose you were fifty years or so into our future, and technology to send information backward in time (say, through wormholes created via quantum entanglement) is crude, but workable.

What if you figured out how to send information backward in time to, say, several years ago- and the idea is that the information would be difficult to read on technology that existed then, but not impossible. It simply would be a matter of reformatting the data sent so that machines from a few years ago could read them.

What if you managed to send back information vital to stopping the pandemic- like, say, the results of clinical trials of vaccines and antiviral drugs effective yet safe enough to be used to stop COVID-19? What if you managed to send the information back to people wealthy enough to be able to work with a drug manufacturer, in secret, starting a few years ago, so that in a short while, if approvals can be given to use the treatments, drugs are available and they can be made available worldwide- at no cost?

I love this idea a lot. I’m not afraid to post it publicly because I have a list of over 60 story ideas which I love and won’t have time to write myself, so I am not too worried if someone appropriates this idea. I would prefer to be consulted if someone wants to use this and if a work makes money, but I am resigned to the fact that people steal ideas all the time, and so I think for reasons I am keeping to myself for now, that I’m risking theft of this interesting idea- I am not risking too much, I think.

I guess we see how this pandemic runs its course, but I for one am hoping that future humans are able to intervene to help us in the current age.