In the first half, author John Hogue returned with prophecy updates, and shared what he sees in store for 2018. He defined the new year with the word "acceleration," suggesting that we should expect to see various trends advance, such as the #metoo movement, which could empower women, if it doesn't turn into a witch hunt. Looking at President Trump's astrology, Hogue noted he was born with Uranus over his sun in Gemini, which makes him continually surprising, but his chart as compared with America's, suggests he will either fail or succeed based on how he handles turning the economy around. Wall Street, he added, is going higher and higher (stocks may reach $40,000), but this doesn't reflect the real economy.
Hogue has also looked at the astrological chart of possible presidential candidate Oprah Winfrey. As a fellow celebrity who can harness the emotions of the populace, she could beat Trump at his own game, and astrologically she brings an independent optimism to the table, with a karmic echo of FDR, he said. Climate-wise, Hogue views the current cold snap as part of global warming which contributes to extremes in temperatures, with the La Nina weather cycle pointing to a possible heavy upcoming season of tornadoes and hurricanes. Considering Nostradamus prophecies, and his own insights, he named Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who's been an instigator of the brutal war against Yemen, as a possible candidate to be the Antichrist.
In the latter half, scholar and expert on Sherlock Holmes and Dracula, Leslie S. Klinger celebrated 2018 as the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and its undeniable status as one of the most influential works of fiction, cutting across the realms of science-fiction, film history, and popular culture. Shelley, at just age 19, along with writers Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and John Polidori took part in a competition to see who could write the best ghost story, and Frankenstein was born out of this effort. Her novel, Klinger noted, actually explored the theme of personal responsibility and parenting as opposed to the idea of science run amok that most people associate with the story from the various film adaptations.
In 1831, Mary Shelley published a revised edition of Frankenstein, which portrayed Victor Frankenstein (the creator of the monster) as a more sympathetic character. In addition to his recent annotated version of Frankenstein, which includes around 1,000 notes of information and historical context, Klinger has done an annotated edition of Watchmen, the popular graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, which references historical details from the Cold War and Nixon era, though it has its own alternative timeline. He also talked about such writers as Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, and the character of Sherlock Holmes.
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