Writers Envisioning the Future After Trump

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Wired had two articles of interest:

Sci-Fi Writers Are Imagining a Path Back to Normality

"IN RECENT MONTHS the science fiction world has grown increasingly political, with dozens of writers contributing stories to anthologies such as Resist: Tales from a Future Worth Fighting Against and If This Goes On. Another prominent example is A People’s Future of the United States, edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams.

“I wanted to use my position as an editor to try to help magnify the voices of the people that we invited to participate in this anthology,” Adams says in Episode 354 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “To sort of shout back at the Trump administration, and also to try to imagine some new futures that might help us figure out how to get back to normal from here.”


A Fantasy Novel About Building a Big, Dumb Wall

DAVID BALDACCI IS the author of more than 40 bestselling novels, mostly in the mystery and thriller genres. He recently branched out into young adult fantasy with The Finisher, which is set in the dour and oppressive village of Wormwood. “It’s a world where you have to work so hard just to exist, and subsist, and where a few people have more than everyone else, and there’s a sort of dichotomy of people,” Baldacci says in Episode 351 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.

Life in Wormwood becomes even more unpleasant when the leadership starts spreading fears of imaginary “Outliers” as an excuse for building a wall around the village. The wall is ostensibly meant to keep the people of Wormwood safe, but its true purpose is to keep them trapped forever. Baldacci says that any parallels to current events are unintentional—he first conceived of the story years ago—but that the book does express timeless realities.

“Walls have always been built, not only to keep people who don’t look like you out, but also to keep people inside from finding out that the people who don’t look like you are actually really great people, and have a lot in common with you,” he says. “And to keep people inside the wall from finding out that diversity is a good thing.”