February 16th, 2011

A query about British magazines

Setting - London-like city, near-future.

So, Alice and Bob are discussing Cathy. Cathy is a scientist/businesswoman in her forties with a fair amount of political influence, who sees herself as something of a trendsetter/new media personality.

I need Bob to recognise Cathy's name from a magazine cover - "she had appeared on the cover of [x magazine] not three months ago, all lacquered hair and immaculate ice-cream-coloured suits".

I'm looking for something which gives the impression of prestige/modernity without being celebrity-centric. So, I guess something like Time magazine or the New Yorker would do if we were in the US? (Er, disclaimer: I'm English, I guess I just know more about American media somehow?)

Thanks!
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Military strategists, and officer promotions

Timeframe: modern day/near future
Setting: US Army


A is an officer. A is a brilliant strategist. A is a woman. How would/could she be in a position where her strategist skills are brought into light?

I've been doing a lot of research, but I feel rather silly when realizing that I have no idea how to use these skills of hers. She's an Engineer, but I'm thinking of having her move into CA or MISO/PSYOP as a Captain.

Because this takes place in the future, and there have been recent discussions about allowing women into Combat Arms MOSes, I could probably wing it and have her in a combat role...but I don't really want to do that if I don't have to. And there really isn't a "military strategist" MOS.

Scenario 2: pregnancy on deployment and senior officer promotionsCollapse )

Terms searched: pregnancy on deployment, army officer promotions, officer promotions TIS + TIG, military strategist, army strategist, military strategy, strategy army MOS, getting pregnant while deployed, effects of pregnancy on officer promotions, officer promotions + pregnancy, etc.

"This means CANCER!:

Okay, here's what I need. An extraterrestrial with a human appearance but non-human anatomy (Dual circulatory systen, respiratory back-up, all sorts of non-human body chemistry) has been checked into a modern American hospital with a mystery illness.

He's an alien, so I'm going to feel free to play fast and loose with symptoms, but the illness is going to turn out to be an incurable, terminal cancer. (Have no fear, our alien is also a time traveler. He will go to the future and buy an over-the-counter pill that cures cancer instantly.)

So, is there some chemical or other similar finding that will always and only show up in tests which would indicate the presence of cancer, independent of the context of the body chemistry?