The Future Will Not be Perfect

Now 16 months after my last post, you might suspect that the sequel to FUTURE PERFECT is done and off to the publisher. Not quite. The only thing that’s “done” is my optimism, my hope that humanity can come together and pull ourselves out of this death spiral that began with enclosure of the commons, through feudalism, colonialism, Manifest Destiny, globalization, and the destruction and monetization of the natural world, and continues through our current Weathermageddons-du-jour, ocean acidification, species extinctions, METHANE ERUPTIONS, economic mirages-masking-impending-collapse, governmental corruption and corporatist-fascist surveillance (1984!) and crackdowns, onward to a future hell that is anything but perfect.  FUTURE PERFECT was a tongue-in-cheek title, a nod to the tendency of utopian thinking to become, in the absence of democratic input, quite dystopian.  Perfection is in the eye of the beholder, and when the beholder holds all the cards, cash, and capital, the future is assuredly less than perfect for anyone below, say, 99.9%.

So where does that leave my sequel?  Definitely in progress.  I write to make sense of the world, and the world is pretty chaotic right now. At the start of writing FP, I took a timeout to read (6 months, actually, to read history, religion, political science, physics & quantum theory, philosophy), and I’m deep into that learning now: ecology, more history, resistance theory, high-intensity energy extraction (e.g. fracking), and more on dying, Buddhism, extinction, Permaculture, anti-colonial literature, medieval preservation of knowledge, and alternatives to capitalism.  I’m intrigued by the difference/conflict between Resilience (the latest buzz-word for governmental, educational, and eco toolkits) and Resistance, and whether it’s too late for either.

All of which extends the sequel time. I do know some things:  the story begins in 2022 — a mere 8 years from now — in the eastern US. What do you think our world, our environment, will be like then?  Where were you in 2006, 8 years ago — what were you thinking, how were you living, what dreams did you hold about the future, about 2014?  Would you have imagined then where you are, where we are, now?

Hold on to your hats, we’re in for a wild ride. Pluto isn’t over, it’s just beginning.

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Next up…

I’ve started on the sequel to FUTURE PERFECT.  Title as yet unknown, it will pick up where FP left off, with some of the same characters, and some new ones.

As many of you know, FP embodies the philosophical journey not just of James Smith, but of the author as well.  Well, we’re off again — exploring Transition, community, anarchism, disaster, redemption, compassion, and resilience — until the Future is Perfect, there will be room for stories like these.

Stay tuned!

To hold the Future in your hands…

I started writing FUTURE PERFECT in January of 2007, with the plan of setting the story in our “present day” and its immediate future (2007-2025). It’s by nature predictive, and the longer it took me to write, the more I kept bumping up against current reality–and finding many of my predictions coming true. I was constantly “chasing the present”, with the pressure to publish before my “prophecies” became history. The e-book’s publication was a huge relief, but I still felt a need (more like a creeping sense of foreboding) to get it into unalterable print before the wave function collapsed and my little book of fiction resembled more of reality than I bargained for.  [This time-sensitivity was one of those “Is Self Publishing Right For You?” examples.] Also, I know many of you prefer to hold & read the actual paper book rather than a device (I’m one of those people, too).

So it’s with great relief, pride, gratitude, and hope, that I can announce that the print version of FP is now a click away, on https://www.createspace.com/3931991. By this time next week it will be listed on Amazon.com.

Thanks to all of you who’ve offered praise, helpful hints, and support. It’s been an incredible experience. Now….to the sequel!