Genesis of Dystopia   1 comment

Front Cover Final 1.27.15Have you ever thought about where a dystopian society comes from?

Of course, I’m a writer, so these thoughts occur to me.

How do you get to 1984 from 1950s England when the book was written?

Writing the post-apocalyptic Transformation Project allows me to think about how society devolves. Life As We Knew It (Book 1) explores some of the seeds of destruction. I don’t dwell on them. I sprinkle them lightly throughout the book. Readers might not even notice and that’s sort of the point.

We don’t tend to dwell on the everyday things in our society that are leading us badly wrong. What happens to all those people living in big cities when there is a disruption in services? What happens when your local grocery store doesn’t get its stock order for the week? Can they restock from the local warehouse? Do you have any food to tide you over for a week or two? What about your neighbors?

What happens when jet liners can’t find their runways electronically or visually? Have you ever looked from a jet window down to an interstate and wondered what it would be like to land on one?

If all the major transportation hubs were suddenly closed? Do you have any idea how to get across the Mississippi River if the major cities are impassable?

If you’re driving down an interstate and the National Guard starts halting traffic, what do you plan on doing? Are you going to follow instructions or make your own road?

If all the major communication channels go down, how do you communicate with the outside world or the officials and what if they tell you to do things you don’t want to do?

Are there enough places for everyone in your town to hide in the event of nuclear fallout?

The people of Emmaus get some answers to these questions in Life As We Knew It.

Hang on for the second book because I’ll be exploring just how poorly prepared we are and how quickly things might fall apart (or not) in a nation-wide emergency.

The genesis of dystopia exists within our society right now. It only takes an event to turn us toward it. Come check out the transformation.

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