Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Update of my Latest Book and Thoughts on a World Without Freedom
When I'm not busy working my job or posting for this blog, I've been writing my latest book. This is going to be my first science-fiction book - with an emphasis on fiction. I've always had an interest in post-apocalyptic books and movies - my favorites Star Man's Son, The Day of the Triffids, and Mad Max immediately spring to mind.
What's interesting about such stories is the distortion of a world we as readers recognize, but is not so readily apparent to the characters. There is also the changing political system - gone is the representative/democratic society that we have grown accustomed to. Instead, there is a reversion to barbarism or even feudalism.
Post-apocalyptic stories are also inherently political observations. In the era of the Cold War, they were strongly anti-war, showing the long-term ill-effects of a nuclear war. With this book, I'm planning to touch on our own modern fears.
The world we currently live in is truly amazing, offering freedom of expression and a large measure of safety from the ancient perils of reality. It's a fragile thing that has only been around for a few hundred years - how much longer can it last? It will only take a single event or (more likely) a slow degradation before such freedoms are gone. How well would you survive in a world without easy access to food and medicine? Or a world where you couldn't vote or spend your money the way you see fit? This is the existence of millions of people right now - will it become ours in the future?