The future pre-occupies many of us, probably the younger generations, but how good are we at reading the mists withheld beneath the surface of the glass ball.
The BBC Radio 5 Live have a new programme beginning soon looking into what life will be like in 2035. It suggests a number of scenarios and you can probably guess the thread running through these ideas is to do with health and living longer. Now that says something to me about the place that the human animal finds itself in 2015. It can be summed up in the fact that people want to live forever.
I have news for you folks - you won't!
The scenarios include body spare part creation and transplantation; the inroads into reducing obesity; health chips so that doctors and insurance companies can detect changes in bodily functions; and, DNA theft. - To be honest I think Radio 5 have shown a distinct lack of imagination. What about non-human health centred topics such as types of transport, space travel, food production and weather control?
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
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This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.
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